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Fatal highway accident in Texas kills 1

A Houston car accident lead to fatal injuries for an unidentified 61-year-old driver. The car collision was reported to have occurred between two vehicles on U.S. 59 around 3 p.m. on March 31. The Southwest Freeway by Chimney Rock was closed for more than eight hours following the serious crash. The fatal accident remains under investigation by Texas authorities, according to a report issued in April.

The crash took place in Southwest Houston and involved a Jeep Cherokee and a 18-wheeler truck. Authorities claim that the Jeep struck the U.S Postal Service truck, causing both vehicles to crash into a concrete wall. Both vehicles caught fire and part of the truck detached from the vehicle and struck a pole in the collision. The Jeep was reported to be trapped between the wall and the truck before being igniting from the damage.

Texas woman suing doctor for surgical needle left in abdomen

On March 21st, a woman filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court against Christus St. Mary Hospital, the doctor that performed her surgery and the Port Arthur Surgical Association for medical malpractice. She is seeking interest, damages and court costs. The woman underwent laparoscopy. During the final closure of the surgical site, the plaintiff claims a portion of the suturing needle broke off and fell into her abdomen. The surgeon attempted to recover the needle, but after he was unable to do so, he finished closing the site and sent the woman home to recover.

It is currently unknown whether he told her about the complication and the possible need for a second surgery. Several weeks later, she was forced to return to the hospital for a second surgery to remove the needle after she experienced severe pain and swelling.

Intoxication may have lead to crash that left 1 driver dead

A Texas man was charged with intoxication manslaughter after allegedly causing a car accident that left one person dead. The head-on collision happened in Conroe on FM 3083 on March 22 when the 34-year-old man was driving a Ford Freestar van and heading westbound at 7:53 a.m. Witnesses say that he veered across the centerline and struck an eastbound Ford Focus. According to the Conroe Police Department, the driver of the Focus attempted to stop and veer to the outside of her lane, but the front left side of the van still hit the front left side of her car.

After the collision, both vehicles left the side of the road. The 66-year-old driver of the Focus was declared to be critically injured at the scene by an EMS supervisor. She was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead. The driver of the van underwent a voluntary blood draw at the same hospital, and the preliminary results indicated possible intoxication.

Wrongful death case against trucking company and driver dismissed

Family members of a Texas couple who were killed in a major traffic accident on I-10 have ended their lawsuit against a trucking company and truck driver. The fatal accident happened on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and involved more than 100 vehicles.

The couple who were represented in the lawsuit were stopped in a long line of traffic that apparently had been caused by fog on the morning of Nov. 22, 2012. A tractor-trailer driver, who, according to the lawsuit, did not reduce his speed, crashed his vehicle into the couple's car. The two people in the car were killed. The multi-car accident left more than 80 people injured with 11 or 12 of them being harmed critically. It took police most of the day to clear the interstate after the accident.

Texas woman files suit against 2 physicians

A Texas widow is suing a radiology practice and two doctors after the death of her husband. She filed the suit both as an individual and as a representative as the man's estate. The medical malpractice suit, which was filed with Jefferson County District Court, came about after her husband sought medical help for a cough an shortness of breath.

Reports say that the man died from metastatic carcinoma in February 2013. The practice had previously performed a CT scan in December 2011, and the two physicians named in the lawsuit disagreed on the diagnosis. According to the claim, neither doctor diagnosed the cancer from the CT scan.

2 dead in wrong-way crash on I-10

A fatal car crash occurred on Feb. 24 on Interstate 10 in Texas. According to the report, the wreck, which occurred shortly before 8:45 p.m. near Vinton left two people dead.

A caller initially reported that there was a wrong-way driver traveling on the interstate. Shortly afterward, the wrong-way driver of a silver BMW caused a head-on collision with a red minivan before the authorities could respond. The male driver of the red minivan was killed at the scene of the crash. A helicopter was called in to take the wrong-way driver to a nearby hospital, but the man died before the helicopter could arrive at the scene.

Fatal car accident results in death of 16-year-old Texas girl

A car accident that occurred in Texas on Feb. 10 resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl. According to the report, a pickup truck suddenly swerved on a road that was determined to be icy. The vehicle then slammed into the teenage driver's Ford Contour head-on, resulting in the death of the 16-year-old and causing her passenger to suffer serious injuries.

A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that an investigation into the accident was still ongoing as they were awaiting the results of a toxicology test at the time the report was released. While the slick road conditions were considered to be a cause of the accident, the trooper also stated that the pickup's driver was traveling at a speed that was unsafe for the road conditions. However, neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to be causes.

Automaker recalls vehicles after reported accidents and deaths

Texas drivers should be aware of one automaker's attempt to recall hundreds of thousands of automobiles due to a potentially deadly issue. Several people have already died in accidents reportedly caused by the flaw.

Car manufacturer General Motors has instituted a recall of all 2005-07 Chevy Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles due to a faulty part in the ignition switch assembly. This recall affects more than 778,000 vehicles, and one industry expert said that it could have serious repercussions for GM. To date, reports indicate that six people have died due to the issue with the ignition in at least 22 accidents. Typically, a recall does not involve fatalities or accidents, but they do in some cases such as Toyota's accelerator issues in 2010.

Father files suit after dog bites his child

A Texas man filed a civil suit against a couple after their dog bit his daughter. The dog, a Chow Chow, bit the girl while she was at the dog owners' home in February 2012. The man filed a civil suit in the Galveston County District Court for his daughter's animal bite injuries on Jan. 22 of this year.

According to the girl's father, she needed treatment for injuries following the bite. He is seeking compensation from the owners of the dog, and he said that the dog owners' negligence led to his daughter's injuries. He is holding them responsible and is asking for less than $100,000 to cover the costs of the girl's medical bills stemming from her treatment.

2-vehicle crash in Texas claims 2 lives

A deadly accident on the evening of Jan. 24 claimed the life of a man on U.S. 277 outside of San Angelo, and another person was airlifted to a medical facility with serious injuries. Authorities reported that at about 9:45 p.m., a northbound pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 38-year-old woman. She succumbed to her injuries on Jan. 25. The truck driver, identified as a 28-year-old man, died at the scene.

According the Texas Department of Public Safety, the deceased man worked at the oilfields, and the woman was a nurse. At the time of the report, authorities were continuing their investigation into the fatal accident. Both individuals were properly restrained, and weather did not seem to be a factor in the accident. The speed limit was 70 mph, but the speed of the vehicles was not reported. No passengers were reported to be in either vehicle.

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