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October 2013 Archives

5 injured at state fair midway

The North Carolina State Fair was the site of a carnival ride accident that caused at least five people personal injury, according to news reports from Raleigh. The victims in the Oct. 24 accident were injured when a ride at the fair's midway malfunctioned, sending them plummeting to the ground as they were attempting to disembark from the attraction. The ride, known as the Vortex, remains shut down until a pending investigation is complete.

Driver charged with teen death after traffic violation

An accident on Oct. 17 that led to the death of a local high school student could lead to criminal consequences for the driver who caused the wreck. The fatal accident occurred in Rowan County, North Carolina, when a 57-year-old female driver failed to stop at the school bus stop sign. That woman is facing serious charges of felony death by motor vehicle, according to official reports, but she has posted bond in the case.

Everyone responsible for bus rider safety

Scores of North Carolina children join the 23 million youngsters who ride the bus to school nationally. In fact, the school bus system is widely acknowledged as one of the safest public transport efforts in the nation, according to a variety of research studies. Still, a shocking number of students find their way into emergency rooms nationwide thanks to the negligence of school bus drivers. About 17,000 children suffer injuries in bus-related crashes.

Soldiers sue government over baby's asphyxiation death

Two North Carolina military members have filed a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit after their infant son was killed at an on-base childcare facility. The pair, both of whom are stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, are seeking $10 million in connection with the incident, which they say occurred because of staff negligence. They allege that their 4-month-old child died because an irresponsible worker left the child face-down on a blanket.

Taser victim takes case to next level

A North Carolina man whose catastrophic personal injury case was dismissed by a lower court is seeking redress from the state's highest court after suffering wounds during a police encounter in 2009. The man is attempting to convince the higher court that the police officer who shot him with a Taser should not be immune to lawsuits, according to official reports. The victim in the case and his attorney are presenting arguments to the North Carolina Supreme Court after the state Court of Appeals gave the officer the benefit of the doubt despite conflicting evidence.

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