Bill Would Make Public Car Crash, Injury Reports

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GM spokesman Greg Martin said the company would respond directly to Blumenthal but added more broadly that the company is “focused on ensuring the safety and peace of mind of our customers involved in the recall.” While it is true that the newly reconstituted GM did not assume liability for claims arising from incidents or accidents occurring prior to July 2009, Martin added, “Our principle throughout this process has been to the put the customer first, and that will continue to guide us.” The Justice Department declined comment Tuesday. Blumenthal, who was Connecticut’s attorney general in 2009, led a group of state attorneys general at the time who warned against giving auto companies going through bankruptcy any blanket immunity from product liability claims. “Tragically, these warnings have proved true and consumer victims may now be barred from any just remedy. They have filed various state court actions, which GM has removed to federal court and asked to be transferred to the United States Bankruptcy Court, knowing that the GM reorganization there cannot be reopened under technical procedural rules and recourse will likely be blocked,” Blumenthal wrote. Noting reports that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan has opened a criminal investigation into the GM recall, Blumenthal said the Justice Department should force GM to establish a fund to compensate consumers. He said that could be done through civil court as “an interim step, even before completing your criminal investigation.” He also recommended the Justice Department “intervene in pending civil actions to oppose any action by GM to deny responsibility for consumer damages.” Blumenthal will likely get a chance soon to put his questions directly to GM officials: He is a member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, which is expected to schedule a hearing on the recall in early April. Already this week, that subcommittee’s top Republican, Sen.
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Guardrail damaged after two-car crash in Norwood

(MyFoxBoston.com) — Two cars were involved in a crash on I-95 southbound in Norwood Sunday morning. The crash happened at around 8 a.m. when a 2002 Ford Explorer crashed through the guardrail and drove down an embankment on the side of the highway. The driver, a 44-year-old woman from Milton, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, her juvenile passenger was taken to a local hospital, also with non-life threatening injuries. The second car involved in the crash was a 2013 Kia. The driver of that car, a 22-year-old woman from Hyde Park, was not injured. Although no travel lanes were closed at the time of the crash, workers were scheduled to repair the guardrail later on Sunday, which is expected to cause some lane closures. The names of the drivers and passenger were not released. State police officers are investigating the crash.
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No injuries in Ukiah armored car crash

(Ukiah Valley fire) By RANDI ROSSMANN Order Article Reprint A driver apparently lost control of an armored car on Highway 101 Thursday morning in Ukiah and crashed down an embankment. The Garda truck was headed north when the large vehicle hit the center divide, shot across the highway and became airborne, emergency officials said. It landed on its wheels down in an embankment alongside the highway. No injuries were reported. What caused the driver to crash remained under investigation Friday. Further information was not available from the CHP. A driver apparently lost control of an armored car on Highway 101 Thursday morning in Ukiah and crashed down an embankment. The Garda truck was headed north when the large vehicle hit the center divide, shot across the highway and became airborne, emergency officials said. It landed on its wheels down in an embankment alongside the highway.
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Woman Avoids Injury in Car & Train Accident

She then got into an accident with a passing train. The crossing and eight intersections were blocked for nearly an hour. Police urge you to use caution when approaching a railroad crossing. Never try to beat a train, take the few extra seconds to stop, look and listen when the warnings are activated. A Clinton woman escaped injury after a car versus train accident Saturday morning in Vincennes. Police say driver Rhonda Buntain didn’t yield at the CSX crossing near 6th and Sycamore. She then got into an accident with a passing train. The 58-year-old’s car was towed from the scene. The crossing and eight intersections were blocked for nearly an hour. Police urge you to use caution when approaching a railroad crossing.
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