Fatalities

DETROIT | US traffic deaths fell slightly in first half of year

DETROIT  — The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end of the year. The National Safety Council on Wednesday estimated that 18,720 people … Continue reading DETROIT | US traffic deaths fell slightly in first half of year

FRANKFURT, Germany  | Aeromexico crash: Stronger planes can mean fewer fatalities

FRANKFURT, Germany  — An aviation expert says passengers in plane crashes like Tuesday’s Aeromexico accident — in which no one died — have better chances of survival due to more robust aircraft construction. Air safety investigator Adrian Young, from the Netherlands-based consultancy To70, said that crash survival rates “are higher than they have ever been” … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany  | Aeromexico crash: Stronger planes can mean fewer fatalities

Emergency official: 5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion

QUINTON, Okla/January 22, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig Monday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said. Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Director Kevin Enloe told television station KOTV that at least … Continue reading Emergency official: 5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the … Continue reading 2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade