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December 2013 Archives

Illinois man charged in fatal 'hill-jumping' accident

An Illinois man was recently charged with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide. He was allegedly drunk behind the wheel in a November auto accident that killed five people in the vehicle with him while they were reportedly hill-jumping. The practice involves driving over hilly rural roads at high speed with the aim of becoming airborne after cresting the top. The man reportedly lost control of his Chevrolet Trailblazer, sending it flipping over multiple times.

Worker death from heat stroke cited as serious violation by OSHA

An Illinois company was cited by the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker died of a case of heat stroke that he suffered on his first day on the job. The fatal accident showed the need for employers to break in new employees slowly, the safety agency said. OSHA also stated that companies should let new workers get acclimated to the high-heat conditions with a regimen of rest, shade and adequate hydration.

Porsche announces two recalls

Illinois residents who own new Porsches may be interested in the car maker's recent recall announcement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Porsche is recalling 288 vehicles via two separate recalls. The announcement did not state whether either issue had led to a car accident; however, the NHTSA's statement did suggest that one issue is capable of causing an accident.

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