Dashcam video shows police narrowly avoiding injury in house blast

first_imgHurst Police Department via Facebook(HURST, Texas) — Police in Texas have released shocking dashcam video today of a dramatic explosion of an SUV crashing into a house and then apparently striking a natural-gas line.The video posted on Facebook by the Hurst Police Department shows patrol cars pulling up on April 7 to the house after the crash.Police said in an April 9 news release they’d received a call from the homeowner that one of the residents of the house was trapped in a bedroom.“Several officers from the Hurst Police Department arrived on scene at the same time, and as they were walking up to the residence to assist, the house suddenly exploded in a massive fireball, which lifted the roof from the structure and blew out most of the back wall,” Hurst police said.In the dashcam video, an officer can be seen exiting a patrol vehicle. Moments later, the house explodes into flames. The sound of glass can also be heard. The officer can be seen ducking for safety as debris fills the air.“It (the blast) shook the house. It shook all of the neighbors’ houses,” one neighbor told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV recently.Police said a husband and wife were inside the house at the time of the blast with their adult son. According to police, officers found the wife “severely injured and buried in rubble.” All three individuals were taken to the hospital.“The mother and father were reported to have serious burn injuries. … The son was treated and released for less serious injuries,” police said.Police said the family’s names were not being released for “privacy concerns.”The department said two police officers also received minor injuries from the incident.“The victims are stable and expected to recover. Our hearts go out to them and their family,” police said today in a statement.Police said a preliminary investigation had revealed the blast was likely caused by “the accumulation and ignition of natural gas inside the house, which was caused when the vehicle crashed into the house and severed the primary gas line and meter that supplied the residence.”Authorities identified the driver of the SUV as 35-year-old Alejandro Enriquez-Castro.Hurst police said he was not injured in the crash and claimed his car’s brakes had failed. They said Castro was arrested at the scene on a misdemeanor charge of no driver’s license and jailed. Bond was set at $180.“Castro was found to have several unconfirmed alias names and was placed on an immigration detainer and transferred to ICE this morning,” the department said. “Hurst police investigators are still in the process of determining the causative factors that contributed to the initial vehicle crash into the house.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Nile cases dropped sharply in 2004

first_img 2003 WNV activity by state One reason to stay vigilant is that researchers are learning more about how serious West Nile is in people, O’Leary added. Ongoing studies of neuroinvasive cases show some patients suffer “lingering neurologic problems months or even years after the initial disease.” Although the epidemic’s severity dropped in 2004, O’Leary urged people to continue to use precautions against West Nile. Sep 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story on lingering effects of West Nile fever The hardest-hit states this year were in the West and Southwest, as measured by the numbers of neuroinvasive cases. California had 154 cases, Arizona 128, Texas 105, and Colorado 39. In contrast, last year California and Arizona had only 2 and 7 neuroinvasive cases respectively, while Colorado had 621. Texas was about the same last year, with 108 cases. Because West Nile fever is less severe, and because reporting of fever won’t be nationally mandated until 2005, experts focus on the neuroinvasive cases, explained Dan O’Leary, DVM, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins, Colo. Dec 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus continued its relentless blanketing of the United States in 2004, marching westward but leaving far fewer dead and ill people in its wake than it did last year. Once a state has the virus, it remains endemic from season to season, O’Leary said. Only Washington state has reported finding the virus in animals (a bird and a horse in 2002) without seeing any subsequent animal or human cases. Cooler weather appears to reduce the spread of the virus, which may contribute to Washington’s situation, he added. 2004 WNV activity by state Only about 20% of people infected with the virus get sick and only about 1 in 150 infected people has neurologic involvement, according to information on CDC’s Web site. A mosquito-borne pathogen, West Nile virus was discovered in New York City in 1999 and spread steadily westward in the ensuing years. Now some 55 species of mosquito carry the virus, although Culex mosquitoes are considered the primary vectors, O’Leary said. Although the epidemic had as broad a geographic reach this year as last year, the 2004 case total represented a sharp drop from last year’s 9,862 cases. The 2003 total included 6,830 fever cases, 2,866 cases of neuroinvasive disease, and 166 unspecified cases. There were 264 deaths. A total of 2,448 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta so far this year. That includes 87 deaths, 888 cases of neuroinvasive disease (West Nile meningitis and West Nile encephalitis), 1,011 West Nile fever cases, and 549 other clinical or unspecified cases. “States where the virus has occurred previously and continues to occur, there is ongoing human risk. People shouldn’t let down their guard because it wasn’t a big epidemic,” he said. He recommended checking local West Nile activity on state health department Web sites and remembering to use effective mosquito sprays for outdoor activities. As in past years, some severe localized outbreaks occurred this year, often on the leading edge of the West Nile wave or in places where the virus arrived within the past year, O’Leary said. Last year Colorado had a severe epidemic with 2,947 total cases, but this year the center of West Nile activity moved west, he said. Phoenix, Ariz., and Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties in California saw more than 100 cases each. However, Mesa County, Colo., had about 125 cases this year, he said. See also: Aside from the change in the number of people afflicted, other aspects of the disease this year were generally consistent with past years. The 87 deaths this year represent a case-fatality rate for neuroinvasive disease of about 9.8%, compared with a rate of about 9.2% in 2003. O’Leary said the neuroinvasive case-fatality rate has remained steady at about 9% to 10% since the virus landed on US soil.last_img read more

Hungarian swimmer sanctioned for alleged Sexual Assault

first_imgBudapest: Tamas Kenderesi, the 22-year-old Hungarian swimmer who had been arrested in July in South Korea over allegations of sexual harassment, has been given a written reprimand by the Hungarian Swimming Association (MUSZ) along with the withdrawal of his federal support for half a year, Hungarian news agency MTI has reported.The Olympic bronze medallist (200m butterfly, 2016 Rio de Janeiro) had to answer to the organization’s disciplinary committee about his reckless act in July when he had been accused of sexual assault by local authorities in South Korea, reports Xinhua news agency.”The committee of MUSZ found that Tamas Kenderesi had committed a single intentional misconduct violation of the organization’s ethical regulations,” MTI informed. The disciplinary committee took into account the statements made by the swimmer and the official court records received from South Korea, MTI added. IANSAlso Read: Hungarian Swimmer Kristof Milak Smashes Michael Phelps’ RecordAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliamentlast_img read more