For the first time in American history, one of the leading causes of deaths - vehicle crash - has been supplanted by opioid overdoses. According to a new report from the National Safety Council, Americans are more likely to die of a drug overdose than they are to die from a car crash. Data, collected in 2017, shows Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. Opioid pain relievers are the most fatally abused drugs and they're entirely legal.
Video: Report suggests car system failures in deadly Tesla Model X crash. A Tesla car's battery that ignited after a fatal crash reignited twice after it had been fully extinguished at the accident scene. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday released its preliminary report into the Tesla Model S that crashed into a wall at high speed in Fort Lauderdale on May 8. The report notes that Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue Department found the Tesla "fully engulfed in flames" at the crash scene and extinguished it with 200 to 300 gallons of water and foam. They also found portions of the lithium-ion battery had separated from the vehicle.
Even with all of today's electronic gadgets being implicated in more and more car accidents, sometimes it's the creepy old fashioned distractions that get you. Police responding to a report of single car incident on a two-lane road passing through farm country in Lancaster County, Penn., on April 7 found a vehicle crashed into a utility pole, Fox 43 reports. When they asked the driver how he lost control of his car, he said that "he thought there was a spider on his lap and panicked." The man was uninjured, but his vehicle had to be towed away. The whereabouts of the alleged spider are unknown at this time.
Pea Ridge Police Department spokesman Mike Lisenbee says the woman was pushing a stroller with eight children when the crash occurred Wednesday. Lisenbee tells Fort Smith television station KFSM that the teacher and two children were taken by ambulance to a hospital with injuries that aren't life threatening.