The tragic death of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson in late March has prompted calls from her family, state lawmakers and students to improve rideshare app safety. Josephson, who was 21 years old, got into a vehicle that she mistakenly believed was the Uber she had called for a ride home. She was found dead within hours of getting in the vehicle, on March 29. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old N...
A recent report on CBS’s 60 Minutes shined a big spotlight on railroad safety. The report highlights several crashes over the past few years that some experts say could have been prevented if positive train control had been in place. What Is Positive Train Control? Positive train control, or PTC, is an advanced system that uses GPS and other technologies to prevent derailments by speeding trains, accidents from track sw...
Highway 61 may be scenic, but its beauty is sadly compromised by its danger. According to data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, over the past 10 years, 52 people have lost their lives in car accidents on the approximately 65-mile-long road, which travels from Bamberg County to Charleston’s West Ashley district. Last year, there were five people killed. The deadliest year during the last decade was 201...
In December 2014, 13-year-old Patrick Terry was killed in a tragic accident at the Club MX motocross course in Chesterfield, S.C. The accident happened when Patrick went over a jump and a more experienced rider came up behind him, made the jump, and landed right on the boy’s back. “He died right before he got to the hospital,” reports the boy’s father, Ed Terry. Terry blames himself for his son’s death, but he...

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