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Two fishery workers hurt on the job when machine activated

Federal investigators have begun a formal inquiry into an incident that left two Louisiana men seriously injured on Aug. 4. Two men were seriously hurt on the job at a fish processing plant in Placquemines Parish. Occupational Safety and Health Administration representatives say they are investigating Daybrook Fisheries, which operates a fleet of fishing vessels and manages wholesale distribution in the area.

Official reports show that the victims, ages 28 and 30, suffered injuries to their legs during the industrial accident. The victims were reportedly injured on the job while they were performing maintenance activities on a fish sorting and counting machine. One of the men apparently slipped and activated a switch that energized the machine. That incident occurred at about 6 p.m.; it took nearly three hours for both victims to be rescued. They were transported to nearby medical facilities. Both remain in stable condition at the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.

Investigation pending in fatal Louisiana car accident

An investigation is still pending in a Louisiana car accident that killed one man. According to authorities, the man, who was originally not identified, was ejected from the vehicle he was a passenger in during the car accident. Police say the driver of that vehicle was not cooperative in identifying the passenger, and the passenger didn't have any identification on him.

Police report that they believe both speed and impaired driving were factors in the accident. At the time of reporting, police were awaiting results of a toxicology report for the driver. Authorities also reported that the passenger who died was struck by a second, unidentified vehicle after being ejected from the Nissan Maxima he was riding in.

Some Louisiana intersections more dangerous than others

Every town has them: The intersections every driver knows are dangerous. Whether it's the structure of the road, buildings or trees that block views or simply the amount of traffic that flows through, some areas of the road seem to see more car, motorcycle and truck accidents than others. In one northern Louisiana city, a fatal accident has put the spotlight on one such intersection.

Two years ago, a motorcyclist died in an accident at the intersection. That accident involved a pickup truck and the motorcycle. According to police reports, the pickup truck attempted to avoid the collision, but close proximity made it so the driver was unable to do so.

Louisiana woman claims pharmacy distributed defective product

A Louisiana orthopedic patient is seeking legal relief after a pharmacy allegedly provided her with contaminated medication. The woman, who had been using steroid shots for her knee, claims that the Main Street Pharmacy in Gretna sold her a defective product that led to several severe side effects. The civil suit against the company was formally filed in late June.

The victim claims that that the steroid injection that was administered by Southern Orthopaedic Specialists caused her to suffer a variety of side effects, including a skin rash, vomiting, stomach upset and insomnia. The woman also suffered from a loss of appetite and general nausea, according to news reports. The injection, which was administered in June 2013, was later found to have been contaminated. The woman was alerted by her physicians, who sent her a letter explaining that the steroid injection had been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration.

Explosion kills 1, injures other in neighboring state

Along the Gulf Coast, individuals usually associate near-water explosions with shipping or oil-related endeavors. While oil accidents are always a concern for residents of Louisiana and surrounding states, there are other maritime-related explosions that can occur. On July 28, such an accident occurred in a neighboring state, taking the life of one man and injuring several others.

The accident occurred at the Omega Protein plant, which resides along the water. The plant is also connected to a shipyard, and the complex has been the site of several accidents over the past few years, say reports. In at least one fatal accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found safety violations. That accident, which occurred in 2012, is associated with a lawsuit that is currently pending.

Man with broken-down car killed in automobile crash on I-10

A Louisiana man reportedly died in a hit-and-run car accident after he was struck by a car on Interstate 10 during the early morning hours on July 26. The victim, age 39, apparently ran out of gas on the interstate at about 1:30 a.m., and he got out of his vehicle to push it to the side of the road. The man was then struck by a suspected drunk driver. The automobile crash left that man dead and a passenger in the stalled vehicle with minor injuries.

The defendant is currently facing charges of driving while intoxicated, along with other allegations of vehicular negligent injuring. She is in custody in East Baton Rouge Parish. Authorities say, however, that the driver who was pushing his vehicle to the side of the road may also have been under the influence of alcohol. Toxicology information will be returned within several weeks, at which time additional action may be taken.

Driver found guilty of vehicular homicide in 2011 car accident

A St. Landry Parish man has been convicted on five counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal collision in 2011, according to Louisiana news reports. The collision, which occurred on Interstate 10 West on March 13, 2011, left two women and three children dead. It took less than 90 minutes for jurors to hand down a guilty verdict in the car accident case.

Authorities say that the 32-year-old driver could spend up to 30 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide. It appears that this driver was engaged in a game of "cat and mouse" with a 25-year-old driver when the accident occurred. That other driver has already served her time in prison, and she will remain on probation for five more years.

Louisiana court rules against manufacturer of defective product

When consumers make a purchase, there is an inherent bargain struck between the buyer and the seller or maker of the goods. The consumer gives good money and expects to receive good value in return. Sometimes defective products reduce the value received by consumers. In some cases, those products can even be dangerous.

A case making its way through the Louisiana court system illustrates this truth. The case involves drywall that was sold by an out-of-country manufacturer throughout the U.S. Specifically, seven families in another state brought a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the defective drywall made individuals sick and ruined homes.

23-year-old headed to Louisiana dies in car accident

A 23-year-old woman died and a male driver was critically injured during a vehicle crash on July 14. The woman, who was planning to start a new career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the near future, died in the car accident that occurred on Detroit's west side. Official reports show that the male driver ran into the woman's vehicle when he ignored a red light at the intersection of two roads in Detroit.

Investigators say that the woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident. The at-fault driver was seriously injured when he was thrown from his car. He was listed in critical condition after being transported to an area hospital.

Failure to yield results in fatal truck accident

Louisiana residents know that careful driving is essential to road safety, but every driver has had moments of carelessness or distraction. When one of those moments comes at the wrong time, it can result in a serious accident. In one case, the failure to yield to oncoming traffic allegedly caused a fatal truck accident.

According to Louisiana State Police, the accident involved an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck. The pickup truck, which was a Ford F-150, carried a 40-year-old passenger and was being driven by a 29-year-old man. Police report that the 29-year-old driver attempted to make a left turn onto a Louisiana road.

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