Monthly Archives: August 2017

Jersey Family Nearly Killed When Drawbridge Opens Beneath Their Car

Talk about a close call! Picture this: You’re driving on the Middle Thorofare Bridge for a night in historic Cape May. You pay the toll and start down the bridge. When suddenly, something seems terribly, terribly wrong. You’re not just moving forward. You’re moving up. The bridge is opening to let a boat pass, and you’re trapped on a rapidly inclining hill. If you don’t act now, you might fall backwards onto the roof of your car, injuring yourself and family. And if you keep moving, you could end up in the middle of deep bay water, trapped in your vehicle. Family Survives Harrowing Bridge Scare It sounds like something out of a “Fast and Furious” film, but a New Jersey family recently experienced this very scenario. Terence Naphys and his family were driving on the bridge when a boat crossed their path. And due to a series of mistakes…
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Woodbridge Boating Accident Injures 8, 2 Critical

A devastating boating accident in the Arthur Kill Channel left ten people injured, two critically, on August 13. Witnesses said they heard a loud crash and turned to see the boat crashed against rocks, with people strewn about the deck. It was a hard hit, witnesses said, leading the boat to stop instantly. Several of the victims were knocked unconscious, and one had to be taken away by medevac helicopter. All eight people were hospitalized following the incident. What Do I Do After a Boating Accident? Boating is a hobby many enjoy, but any time you go on the water, you are putting yourself at risk. Things like drowning, injuries from underwater objects, propeller injuries and more can all result when things don’t go the way they should. If you are injured on a boat, you can be eligible for damages if you can probe that someone’s negligence led to…
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What Caused the Deadly Fire Ball Ride Accident?

On July 26, the Fire Ball, a swinging, spinning ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned. One of the spinning cars detached after hitting a piece of the ride. One teen died and several people were injured in the incident. Until recently, the cause of the accident was unconfirmed, but officials now know why the accident happened. After an investigation of the incident, which included a visit to the scene, a review of video evidence and a metallurgical inspection of the ride, it was determined that corrosion on the interior of the support beam was the cause. The corrosion reduced the beam’s thickness, leading to the deadly accident. The incident led to the shutdown of several similar rides across the country, including one at the Monmouth County Fair. Amusement Ride Accidents According to the International Association of Amusement Parks’ Ride Incident Survey Report, hundreds of millions of people go on…
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