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June 2014 Archives

Trucking legislation solves some issues, creates others

Connecticut drivers are likely no strangers to congested highways and the large percentage of tractor trailers and other transport vehicles on the road. They may also be familiar with the frequency of truck accidents caused by truck driver fatigue. Many experts warn that driver fatigue as a contributing factor in an accident is largely underreported as truck drivers who have been involved in an accident likely don't want to say anything that may imply they are at fault. Still, though, driver fatigue - reported or not - is implicated in countless deadly crashes each year. In a devastating highway crash in 2009, a 76-year-old trucker hit slowed and stopped traffic, killing 10 people. Police believed he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

22 children treated after 5-vehicle crash in Connecticut

On June 10, several people were hospitalized following a traffic accident in Torrington that involved five vehicles, including two school buses. According to authorities, the accident occurred on Winsted Road at approximately 4 p.m.

Undiagnosed diabetes leads to heart attacks

Heart attack patients in Connecticut may be surprised to learn that their cardiovascular disease may have developed due to an undiagnosed case of diabetes. The Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Session 2014, headed by the American Heart Association, focused on discussing the connection between the two conditions that has been observed in thousands of these types of patients. A recent study examined records of 2,854 heart attack patients who attended 24 different hospitals across the United States.

6 people injured in multi-vehicle crash

A three-vehicle crash in Connecticut occurred at the intersection of Route 196 and Carriage Drive in the afternoon of May 31. The accident began when a pickup truck rear-ended a USPS truck. The impact forced the postal vehicle into traffic. A car then hit the USPS truck and then fell down an embankment. No fatalities were reported. However, six people were injured. The driver of the USPS truck had to be extricated form the vehicle and was airlifted out of the accident scene.

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