Entries in Injuries (6)


Injuries from Asiana Airlines Crash Include Paralysis, Road Rash

Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Doctors treating passengers injured in the Asiana Airlines plane crash Sunday in San Francisco say at least two people are paralyzed from severe spine fractures and others have head trauma and abdominal injuries with internal bleeding.

Only two people, both 16-year-old girls from China, died as a result of the crash, but San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White says that number, unfortunately, could rise due to the severity of some of the injuries.

San Francisco General has treated 53 patients -- the most of any hospital. Doctors say 19 patients are still in the hospital as of Sunday afternoon, six of whom are in critical condition with life threatening injuries, including one young girl. The oldest hospitalized adult is 76 years old.

Dr. Margaret Knudson, chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, says that most of the injured were sitting in the back of the plane. Speaking at a press conference Sunday, she said patients with the most severe injuries appear to have suffered them from being thrown around while restrained in seat belts.

“One of the patients we talked to said that the seats in front of her all collapsed and came at her. She was sitting in her seat and that's how she got her injuries,” Knudson said. “We've also seen a large number of chest injuries with fractures of the sternum.”

She said the most critical injuries are head trauma, and severe inter-abdominal injuries with internal bleeding.

Several patients are being treated for “road rash” type injuries as well.

“This type of road rash is what we see with people who have a motorcycle crash and they're not wearing leathers,” Knudson explained. “It's that type of injury and we don't know how they got it, but we were a little surprised to see it.”

Knudson complimented the triage at the airport, saying that it could have been much worse had it not been so great.

“Whoever triaged these patients at the airport did a fabulous job because they got to us the sickest patients in the shortest period of time or I don't think those patients would have survived, truly.”

A total of 182 people were injured in the crash.

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Commuter Ferry Hard Docking in NYC Leaves Dozens Injured

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At least 55 people were injured -- two critically -- when a commuter ferry had a hard docking pulling into a New York City pier Wednesday morning.

The Seastreak ferry had 326 passengers and five crew members on board when it pulled into Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan just before 9 a.m.  It was coming from Conner's Pier in Highlands, N.J.

Passengers described a "tremendous impact" when the ferry docked.  The injured were taken out on stretchers and wheelchairs and covered in blankets.

One of the two people in critical condition was taken into surgery for a head injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a team to investigate the incident.

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Several Injured After Turbulence Hits American Airlines Flight

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Several people aboard an American Airlines flight from Aruba to Miami were treated for injuries Tuesday evening after the plane was hit with turbulence prior to landing.

In a statement, the carrier said Flight 1780 "encountered moderate turbulence" for about 15 seconds roughly 30 minutes before it was scheduled to land in Miami.  

Upon landing safely at 6:06 p.m., two flight attendants and three passengers were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.  A handful of other passengers were treated at the gate at Miami International Airport.  None of the injuries were said to be critical.

American Airlines said the seatbelt sign was lit when the plane started shaking, and "nothing on the radar indicated that turbulence was in the area."

The Boeing 757 had 185 passengers and six crew members on board.

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Over Two Dozen Injured after Pennsylvania School Bus Overturns

George Doyle/Stockbyte(CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.) -- More than two dozen people, including children, were hospitalized Sunday after a school bus overturned in Pennsylvania.

According to officials, the bus was traveling along I-81 northbound near Chambersburg Sunday afternoon when a vehicle tried to pass it on its left but mistimed the move, as another vehicle was already in the lane.  The passing driver then overcorrected when he veered back onto the right lane to avoid the other car, ending up sideways in front of the bus.

The bus and vehicle collided and ended up in a ditch.  The bus struck a guard rail on its way, causing it to roll over and land on its roof, officials said.

Eighteen adults and children between the ages of 9 and 12 were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, and seven other patients were taken to Waynesboro Hospital, according to Summit Health spokeswoman Jessica Walter.  All patients in both hospitals are said to be in stable condition, and none of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

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Ten Sailors Injured After Fire Aboard US Navy Ship

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released(SAN DIEGO) -- Ten sailors were injured Wednesday afternoon after a fighter jet aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier caught fire, according to the military.

The incident happened off the coast of California around 2:50 p.m. on the deck of the USS John C. Stennis.  The military said an F/A-18C Hornet was preparing to take off when its engine failed, causing it to go up in flames and injure ten sailors nearby.

The injured sailors were intially treated on the ship.  Four were flown out to Naval Medical Center San Diego where they were listed in stable condition.  The pilot of the jet was not harmed.

The ship suffered no significant damage.

An investigation is now underway to determine what caused the mishap.

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Explosion at Massachusetts Chemical Plant Leaves Four Injured

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(MIDDLETON, Mass.) -- An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Massachusetts Sunday night rocked houses nearby and left four people wounded.

The blast happened at the Bostik Inc. plant in Middleton, which manufactures adhesives, and triggered a four-alarm fire that significantly damaged one of the plant's buildings, according to officials.

Middleton Fire Chief Frank Twist said it took about 90 minutes to put out the flames.

"We had a fire condition as well as a hazmat situation," Twist said.  "We had four employees who were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries."

Residents close to the site of the blast felt their houses shake.

"I felt like my house blew off the foundation," said Cherly Antonelli, a homeowner in the area.  "That's what I felt.  It was amazing.  The house just shook and my pictures fell off the walls."

The cause of the blast is being investigated.

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