Two women were injured in a train accident in Indiana.
According to officials with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, a train struck a car at a railroad crossing northwest of Indianapolis near Jamestown on the Boone-Hendricks County line. Police say 80 year-old Alice M. Schooler was driving a Chevrolet Impala that crossed the tracks into the path of a 22-car CSX train that was hauling steel.
Witnesses reported hearing the train’s conductor sound a horn as it approached the crossing. Video from the train’s engine showed the passenger vehicle crossing the tracks without slowing.
Schooler and a passenger in her car, 72 year-old Patricia A. Manion, were injured in the accident. They were transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. No information on the nature or extent of their injuries was available.
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Two women in California have filed a lawsuit over an elevator fall.
According to Orange County Superior Court documents, Janet Hsu and her mother, Sufeir Hsu, became trapped in the elevator at Park Plaza in Irvine California for about an hour, despite a quick response by Fire Authorities. The lawsuit names building owner The Irvine Co., ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp., and ThyssenKrupp’s service division as defendants.
The plaintiffs are seeking $20,666 for medical and therapy costs, in addition to unspecified amounts for physical, mental, and emotional suffering. The two women are representing themselves on the civil complaint.
According to the lawsuit, the Hsus entered the elevator and pressed the button for the second floor. The elevator passed the second floor and continued to the 12th floor, and then fell. “The elevator rapidly descended, we fell hard on the floor inside the elevator, and the light fixtures like the metal brackets and glass from the ceiling started falling down, too,” the lawsuit states.
The Irvine Co. Senior Vice President Erin K. Freeman released a statement saying: “The Irvine Company is committed to the safety of its tenants and their visitors. We are vigilant in the maintenance of our equipment and continually reinvest in our properties to ensure they exceed industry quality standards. As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation.”
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Volkswagen of America Inc. announced Monday it is recalling certain 2011 Jetta models to fix an electrical defect.
According to a Volkswagen press release, the company will fix a potential problem with the wiring of the vehicles’ horns and anti-theft systems. The recall affects 71,043 Jettas built between March 2010 and March of 2011.
Volkswagen says the problem stems from a fuse that protects the Jetta’s anti-theft alarm and the converter box that operates the windshield wipers and headlights. A short circuit in the vehicle’s horn can cause the lights and wipers to stop working, which could increase the risk of a car accident. Volkswagen dealer service technicians will reconfigure the wiring layout so the converter box and horn do not share the same fuse.
The automaker has not received any reports of injuries or accidents caused by the wiring problem, according to the press release.
Owners of the defective vehicles will be notified by the company via first class mail with information on the anticipated repair timeline and corrective measures.
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