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double-decker bus crashed in a Hong Kong suburb on Saturday evening, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more


Why was a railroad switch set in the wrong position sending an New York-to-Miami bound Amtrak train with more than 140 people aboard off the main line and onto a side track where it collided with an empty freight train early Sunday?

Washington Post

  • Two people killed
  • 116 injured


Two people were killed and over 70 were injured in a crash involving a freight train and an Amtrak passenger train early Sunday in South Carolina.



Rest in Peace: At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space.

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An 8-month-old baby was reportedly killed and 15 others injured after a car crashed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach in Brazil Thursday night.


“…The incident is not believed to be a terrorist attacks and appears to be an accident…”


Each year, 1.25 million people lose their lives on the world’s roads and another 20 to 50 million are seriously injured.

World Bank

, The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable

“….Key findings from the report include:

  • Reducing the number of RTIs leads to long-term national income growth. This correlation is easy to establish as RTIs are the single largest cause of mortality and long-term disability among young people aged 15-29 (prime working age).
  • Significant long-term income growth—7 to 22% increase in GDP per capita over 24 years—can be achieved by halving road traffic deaths and injuries, in line with the current UN targets.
  • The study goes beyond productivity or economic gains, and highlights the broader welfare benefits associated with reducing road traffic mortality and morbidity, adding years of life free of injuries and lasting disabilities. This recognizes that GDP is an imperfect measure of social welfare, as it does not factor health benefits. The study finds welfare benefits equivalent to 6 to 32% of the national GDP can be realized from reducing road deaths and injuries by 50% over 24 years.
  • By maximizing healthy years of life, free of injuries and disabilities, actions to reduce road traffic injuries can help countries increase productivity, enhance the well-being of their populations, and build human capital—a key developmental priority for the World Bank.
  • Road safety goes beyond the transport sector, with a direct impact on public health, societies, and economies. Likewise, because road safety is an inherently cross-sectoral issue, real progress can only happen if all relevant stakeholders unite their efforts.….”


#2 in a matter of days: A train crash at a station near Johannesburg on Tuesday derailed one rail car and injured at least 226 people

NY Times


Peru: At least 48 died when a bus tumbled down a cliff onto a rocky beach Tuesday along “Devil’s Curve.”

Denver Post


More than a dozen people were injured when a car “deliberately” plows pedestrians outside Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street station j


  • Two arrested.

Twelve cruise ship passengers on an excursion in Mexico’s Yucatán region died after their tour bus flipped on a two-lane highway early Tuesday

Miami Herald



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