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June 2013 Archives

242,000 Toyota Prius and Lexus hybrids recalled for brake issue

In yet another public relations nightmare for Toyota, the automaker announced it is recalling 242,000 Prius and Lexus hybrids because of a braking issue. The models affected by the recall were manufactured between March and October 2009, and the recall applies worldwide.

Louisiana chemical plant explosion claims second worker's life

Another worker has died from burns suffered in the blast that occurred Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana. According to the Louisiana State Police, the 47-year-old worker died at a hospital in Baton Rouge where six others are still recovering. The other fatality occurred the day of the blast and was employed by the plant last October.

Plane crashes into homes in Baker, Louisiana, pilot killed

On Friday, June 7, a King Air 200 crashed in Baker, Louisiana, killing the 71-year-old pilot. According to the local coroner, the pilot died from fire and inhalational injuries, as well as from blunt force trauma. The pilot was en route to McComb, Mississippi from Baton Rouge, Louisiana; however, the crash occurred shortly after take-off.

Diving company removed from Jones Act lawsuit

In June 2012, a ship's captain filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer, Associated Marine Services (AMS), and International Divers, claiming he suffered an injury to his left shoulder because of inadequate communication with the ship's deck hands. On May 22, 2013, the captain filed a notice asking the judge in the case to dismiss International Divers from the case. The judge dismissed the diving company from the lawsuit the next day without prejudice.

Man charged with negligent homicide in fatal Louisiana accident

A 21-year-old man from Slidell, Louisiana, has been charged with negligent homicide and negligent injury in connection with a fatal accident that happened about 6 a.m. on February 14, 2013. The two-vehicle accident occurred on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans. The man that was killed was also from Slidell.

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