Entries in Car Crash (16)


Woman Climbs Out of Canyon in Freezing Temperatures after Car Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- A Colorado woman had to climb out of a canyon in freezing temperatures after her car plunged into it on Tuesday.

Sany Mileto, 43, does not remember her Jeep SUV going off the road on Tuesday night, shortly before 11 p.m. She was knocked unconscious during the crash, and awoke to find herself at the bottom of a canyon in a remote area of Telle County, several hundred feet from the road.

As temperatures dropped, Mileto found a blanket in her car, and started a fire to try to keep warm. Unfortunately, she had just filled up her car with gasoline. Some of the gas spilled in the crash caught fire, and Mileto’s car burst into flames.

“It's like when things go bad, they go worse. Well, that's how I felt,” Mileto said.

It was then that Mileto realized she needed to get out of the canyon.

“I wanted to stay there. It would have been easy. However, if I would have nobody would have found me. I was too far down,” Mileto recalled.

“It was a moment of life or death,” Mileto said. “What am I going to do, sit down here and freeze? Or, try to take matters in my own hand.”

Mileto, wrapped only in a blanket and missing one shoe, began the arduous climb. The ascent took hours, and her feet were badly frostbitten in the process.

She managed to wave down a camper driving by when she got to the top.

Now in the hospital, doctors are trying to see if they can save Mileto’s frostbitten toes.

It’s not known what caused the initial crash, but conditions on the road that night were icy, and black ice is a definite possibility.

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Three Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Virginia Due to Fog

Comstock/Thinkstock(NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va.) -- At least three people were killed and at least 25 were taken to the hospital after a pile-up involving dozens of cars Sunday on a Virginia interstate.

Virginia State Police said "excessive fog" in the Fancy Gap Mountain area, near the North Carolina border, caused at least 75 vehicles to crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77.

The first emergency calls began coming in at 1:15 p.m. ET, authorities said.  The northbound lanes were closed to allow emergency vehicles to quickly reach people needing assistance at the scene, according to a statement from the Virginia State Police.

While the cause of the initial crash remains under investigation, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said it was a classic pile up.

"[There were] 17 separate traffic crashes, but they all occurred as a chain reaction in that one-mile stretch of Interstate 77," Geller said.  "The initial crash, the very first one, we're still investigating obviously what caused that one exactly, that's still under investigation."

After the first crash, she said, other vehicles on the highway were traveling too fast to stop by the time they saw the accidents ahead of them in the thick fog.

"People were traveling too fast for the road conditions and you had the initial crash and then you had a chain reaction, a series of crashes because the fog was so thick, people could not see what was up ahead," she said.

Traffic was re-directed in both directions as authorities worked to clear the scene and investigate the crashes, the Virginia State Police said.

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Girl, 9, Survives Crash and Walks Through Rough Terrain to Get Help

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ACTON, Calif.) -- A 9-year-old girl trekked through rough terrain and climbed a cliff seeking help for her father after the car he was driving crashed on Sierra Highway and tumbled down a canyon early Sunday morning, ABC affiliate KABC reports.

The girl's father did not survive. According to officials, he lost control of his SUV, which tumbled 200 feet down a canyon into the bottom of a ravine. After the crash, the girl reportedly walked in almost pitch-black surroundings along rough terrain to seek help. A California Highway Patrol sergeant said the girl walked to a home with a light on about 1,000 feet away but no one answered the door, so she returned to the scene of the accident to check on her unconscious father, KABC says.

Officials said the girl then climbed a steep cliff to Sierra Highway and walked to a Metrolink station about a mile away. At about 2:30 a.m., according to KABC, someone stopped along the road after seeing the girl and alerted authorities.

The child was flown to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was reported to be in good condition with just some minor bruises and a cut to her cheek. A CHP sergeant said it's believed that alcohol played a factor in the crash, but that has not been confirmed, according to KABC.

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Six Teens Killed in Ohio Single-Vehicle Crash

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(WARREN, Ohio) -- Six young lives were snuffed out early Sunday morning near Warren, Ohio, when a Honda SUV carrying eight teenagers veered off a road, struck a guardrail and landed upside down in a pond.

Authorities say two of the occupants managed to get out of the vehicle and call for help, but the others were not able to get out.  First responders from the Warren County Fire Department pulled the six victims out of the water.

Lt. Brian Holt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the vehicle was traveling above the posted speed limit.

Holt said the two teens who survived were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.

The site of the crash has been turned into a makeshift memorial for the deceased, who ranged in age from 14 to 19.

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WATCH: Pregnant Georgia Woman Rescued from Mangled Car

Morrow Police Department(MORROW, Ga.) -- A pregnant woman is recovering after quick-thinking firefighters and police worked together to pull her out of her mangled car.

The accident happened Wednesday in Morrow, Ga., 15 miles south of Atlanta, when the woman was driving a silver Toyota on Interstate 75.  Just before the Jonesboro exit, her car flipped over, sending her vehicle flying through the air and over another car also traveling on I-75.  The turbulent ordeal finally ended when her car came to a stop on a set of railroad tracks.

“The car was airborne and literally drove over the other car and continued airborne as it finally rested on the tracks,” said Capt. James Callaway of the Morrow Police Department.  ”In my 18 years with law enforcement, this is one of the strangest motor accidents I think I’ve ever seen.”

Morrow police have identified the pregnant driver as Taneka Grace.  The driver of the other vehicle involved is identified as Melissa Stenson and the passenger, Randolph Vaughn.

Callaway responded to the scene seconds after the emergency call, which was placed by his lieutenant, who witnessed the crash.  When he arrived, Callaway said Grace was incoherent but conscious.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they noticed gas leaking from the undercarriage of Grace’s car as it rested on the train tracks.

“She was visibly in pain and our first intention was to get her out of that car,” said Callaway.  “We contacted the railroad company and told them to stop all railroad traffic in the area.”

As onlookers watched, Callaway and members from the Morrow Fire and Police department worked to free Grace from the car while making sure no one else was in danger.

She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, a trauma center, while Stenson and Vaughn were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Grace remains in serious condition.  Stenson and Vaughn have both been treated and released, according to the Morrow Police Department.

Police investigators met with Grace inside the hospital on Thursday to get a statement from her as they try to figure out what led to the bizarre crash.

“We’re still looking into what caused the crash.  It’s going to be a very hard investigation,” said Callaway.  “We need to determine speed and actual cause.”

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Texas Police Officer Pushes Woman Away from Car Crash

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Texas) -- A quick-moving police officer saved a woman from serious injury or possible death in Texas when a van crashed into a parked police car, sending it careening toward them.

Police officer Philip Standefer was investigating a minor car accident in Lubbock, Texas, when he leaped into action and pushed Sarah Beaty out of the way as an alleged drunken driver hit a police car, sending it flying toward her.  The entire incident was caught on the dash-cam in another parked police car.

Both escaped with minor injuries, but Beaty, 19, still struggles to put her gratitude into words for a man she calls her “hero.”

“Thank you doesn’t really cover the fact that I’m here and talking,” Beaty said.

It was in Lubbock on Sept. 17, when Beaty was talking to officers about a fender-bender she had just witnessed.  Beaty’s car was parked alongside the median in the middle of the road when suddenly a van slammed into a parked cop car on the other side of the concrete median.

The mangled police car was hit with such force that it did a full 360-degree spin over the median where Standefer and Beaty were standing.

“I knew that she didn’t see the car coming.  I just moved and got her out of the way and wasn’t quick enough to get out of the way myself,” Standefer said.

After the crash, Standefer was pinned between the police car and Beaty’s car.

“I looked at my leg and it didn’t look like it was pointing in the right direction,” Standefer said.

Standefer was taken to the hospital but only suffered a bruised leg and a few pulled muscles.  Beaty escaped with a few minor scrapes on her face.

“If he hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened to me,” Beaty said.  “I call him a hero.”

Standefer said, “My job is to serve and protect people.  I’m just humbled I got the opportunity to do so.”

The driver of the van was arrested at the scene of the accident.

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Partial Collisions Prove More Dangerous in New Crash Test

Fstop/Photodisc/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While most modern cars offer good protection in head-on collisions, safety experts say small overlap crashes are a different story.  Those crashes primarily affect a car’s outer edges, which aren’t well protected, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS released its findings Tuesday and said that only three of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars put through the new overlap frontal crash test passed with good or acceptable ratings.

Overlap crashes are responsible for a quarter of all fatal front-end collisions, and as the new crash test found, most cars -- domestic and foreign -- are unprepared to keep drivers safe in one of these crashes.

“Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year,” IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a news release.  “Small overlap crashes are a major source of these fatalities.”

The key to protection in any crash is a strong safety cage that resists deformation to maintain survival space for occupants.

“It’s packaging 101.  If you ship a fragile item in a strong box, it’s more likely to arrive at its destination without breaking.  In crashes, people are less vulnerable to injury if the occupant compartment remains intact,” said Lund.

The IIHS also released a video with side-by-side comparisons of the dangers and damage between head-on and overlap collisions.  In head-on crashes, the force is spread across the entire front-end safety cage of the vehicle.  Cars are designed today to absorb impact in the center of the vehicle, not the corners.

“The main thing that needs to happen to provide better crash protection in these types of crashes is a better safety cage,” said Lund.

When put through the new test, the Acura TL and Volvo S60 earned good ratings, while the Infiniti G earned acceptable ratings.  The Acura TSX, BMW 3 series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC earned marginal ratings.  The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS 250/350, Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350 each earned a poor rating.  All of these cars are 2012 models.

“What we’re seeing is the Insurance Institute is going to push the industry into further improving the crash protection in cars for the future,” said Consumer Reports Deputy Automotive Editor Jeff Bartlett.  “The good news is that in years to come manufacturers will be looking very closely at this and making changes that will further improve their crash worthiness.”

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Kerry Kennedy Crash Raises Questions About Ambien Use

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer on a New York highway and left the scene last week is raising new questions about the sleeping pill Ambien.

Kennedy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired Friday. She is due in court Tuesday.

ABC News has learned that Kennedy told police she had been taking Ambien sometime Friday morning. But in a statement released by her family to ABC News, they said there were no drugs involved.

"Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests – all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system. The charges were filed before the test results were available," the Kennedy family said in a statement released to ABC News on Friday.

The results of Kennedy's toxicology tests are still pending. But legal analysts say whatever they show could play a big role in her defense.

"Ambien has a short half life so by the time she went to the hospital and by the time her blood was analyzed, the drug actually could have disappeared from her system," said criminal defense attorney Dana Cole.

There have been previous complaints about Ambien lulling people into a trance-like state.

Last year, 60 million Americans were prescribed a sleeping aid.

But for a drug that's supposed to help you sleep, it's amazing how active you can be and not know it.

There are numerous claims of sleep driving.

A woman learned she was "sleep cooking" and even fried an egg while another woman woke up and found out she wasn't even home.

Kerry Kennedy's cousin, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed into a barrier near Capitol Hill, saying he had been disoriented after taking Ambien.

The details of Friday's accident don't fit Kennedy's public image -- a mother of three who has no known history of substance abuse.

"I seriously doubt that she'll be looking at any jail. She's looking at a fine and probably some sort of drug or alcohol program that she'll need to attend," Cole said.

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WATCH: Horrific Crash Caught on Camera Stirs Controversy

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A controversy over red light cameras installed at intersections in towns across New Jersey has been further inflamed after the borough of Roselle Park released a video showing a horrific crash.

The video, released by traffic safety firm American Traffic Solutions and posted on its website, shows a driver running a red light at an intersection, hitting an oncoming car, careening into a divider and being thrown airborne, turning 360 degrees before eventually coming to rest.

“There are a lot a people who don’t think that running a red light is a problem,” spokesman Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions told ABC News. “Rarely do people see the actual crash occurring, and the violence and the drama that accompanies it is something that everyone should see.”

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Installed in 2009, the cameras are supposed to be a safety measure designed to deter drivers from speeding through yellow and red lights. Instead they have been a source of controversy, yielding millions of dollars in fines for municipalities and saddling drivers with tickets that many view as difficult to challenge and even unconstitutional.

Motorists complain they are not being given enough time to get through intersections, and many believe the program is essentially a money grab. One New Jersey woman was given a $140 ticket for making it through an intersection 1/5 of a second too late.

But Roselle Park Police Chief Paul Morrison defends the program.  “It’s unfortunate that the public views it as nothing more than an revenue instrument. The reason I had it put in place is because of serious crashes at the intersection,” he told ABC News.

Statistics from American Traffic Solutions show that since the town implemented its red light camera program in 2011,   red-light running violations have decreased 47 percent. Additionally, an analysis of the Roselle Park program found that 94 percent of vehicles issued a violation have not received a second, according to the ATS website.

“It’s an absolute success,” said Morrison.  “Motorists who actually receive a summons are made aware and very conscious of the fact that that intersection is monitored 24/7,  and if you go through the red light you will receive a summons. Motorists are much more cautious.”

The state of New Jersey recently suspended the use of red light cameras at 63 of 85 state-wide locations out of concern the cameras had not been properly tested.

Police Chief Morrison ultimately stressed the potentially life-saving nature of the technology, and the benefit of the cameras to public safety.  “It’s no different than if a police officer was sitting at the intersection.”

“If it saves just one life, it’s served its purpose,” he said.

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New York Woman Slams Mercedes Through Home into Backyard

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Brooklyn, N.Y., woman will be arraigned Tuesday on drunk driving charges after she allegedly ran her Mercedes convertible through a Long Island home, taking everything, including the kitchen sink, with her.

The driver, 21-year-old Sophia Anderson, walked away with only a few scrapes and bruises to her face, police said.  A male passenger was also left unscathed from the crash, which occurred Monday at 4:05 a.m.

Anderson failed to turn at a t-intersection, a Suffolk County Police spokesperson told ABC News.  The Brooklyn woman allegedly rammed her Mercedes through the home, causing furniture, a stove and dishes to scatter in the backyard of a 90-year-old woman’s home.

The homeowner and her caretaker were inside the home at the time of the accident, but were uninjured.

“It could have been a lot worse,” a police spokesperson said.

Neighbors said they were jolted awake by the noise of the crash.

“It sounded like a wrecking ball,” neighbor Kimberly Steinberg told the New York Post.  “All I saw was a red glow.  I heard people making noise and glass breaking.”

Anderson refused a breathalyzer test.  She was treated at Huntington Hospital and then booked at the Fourth Precinct.

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