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Four-Year-Old Dies in ATV Crash

On Monday, October 27, 2014, a four-year-old girl died in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident in Somerset County. The young girl was a passenger on the ATV along with three others.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. when the driver of the ATV, a 14-year-old girl, lost control and crashed. The accident occurred near a railroad crossing on Scratch Hill Road.

Recent assaults near Pitt reminder of reasonable security need

Late this past month there was an unusual spike in reported robberies and assaults in the Oakland area. With five separate reported robberies, some of which involved physical assault, students at the University of Pittsburgh were warned to take care. 

A spokesman for the university noted that the frequency of the assaults were "unusual." One senior student said when stopped by WTAE that "It's a scary thought because I have Thursday night classes until 9, and it's on Fifth Avenue, so walking home alone, it could be me. You never know." 

Girls seem to suffer more behavior issues after brain injuries

There is no question that brain injuries can have a long lasting impact on the lives of not only those who suffer from them but the people around them as well. The symptoms that someone with a brain injury such as a concussion might face include trouble with motor skills, personality changes and memory problems.

This is an issue that impacts millions of individuals throughout the nation. According to one statistic, annually 2.5 million visits to the emergency room are made due to traumatic brain injuries. While research indicates that TBIs are more commonly suffered by boys, a new study indicates that girls who deal with this injury are actually more likely to experienced behavioral problems. These problems include smoking cigarettes, being the target of bullying, contemplating suicide and experiencing psychological distress.

Practice Safe Driving on Halloween

Halloween can be one of the most frantic nights for driving. With more young children on the road than any other day, it is important for drivers to be cautious, patient and alert.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween ranks second for the most pedestrian fatalities in the year. A research analyst at AAA, says drivers must be more alert than ever between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight on Halloween. This is when pedestrians are most vulnerable.

Driving safety of trucks used in fracking questioned

There is no question that trucks play an important role in commerce throughout the nation. In the state of Pennsylvania, many may have grown used to seeking Marcus Shale trucks on the roads. These large trucks are used to haul supplies such as sand and water both to as well as away from well sites. According to the company, subcontractors are actually used to do this work.

Lately there have been some concerns regarding the way in which those trucks are being driven. More specifically drivers have been accused of:

Man Involved in Motorcycle Accident Loses Part of His Leg.

On Friday October 17, 2014, a motorcyclist was involved in an accident with a Jeep that caused him to lose part of his leg. The accident happened at Woodville Avenue and Minnotte Square around 8:00 p.m. The motorcycle was traveling on Woodville Avenue when the Jeep tried to make a left turn onto Shaler Street.

Fatal House Fire in McKeesport Kills Family of Six

The McKeesport community is mourning the loss of a family that was killed on Saturday morning by a fire in their home. Two adults and four children died of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The victims of the fire were a mother, her four children and her father-in-law. The mother's husband was able to escape the fire but was severely burned. He was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.

The Allegheny County's fire marshal said the fire began on the first floor of the house in the living room. The investigation will continue to determine the cause of the fire.

Latch on Ferrari trunk prompts recall

There is an old adage that you get what you pay for. Under it one may assume that the more expensive the item, the better quality it will be and the less chance there is of it being defective. While this may be true in some cases, in others, it may not make a difference. This is illustrated in the recent recall issued by the exotic car maker, Ferrari. 

Young Girl Suffers from Chemical Burns after Using Temporary Halloween Tattoos

A seven-year-old girl went to a Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World earlier this month. Her costume of choice was a peacock and she accessorized with "Fright Night" eye shadow tattoos. Two days after the use of the tattoos, she ended up in the emergency room because the skin around her eyes was inflamed and dry.

Her parents took her to a local hospital near Orlando, Florida. The doctors there believe she had a chemical burn that took off two layers of skin around the eye area where the tattoos were. She was given antibiotics and steroid cream.

Halloween themed hayride turns deadly

There are many traditions that take place only during this time of year. One of these is a Halloween themed hayride. While this activity is often a lot of fun, as a recent accident illustrates, in some circumstances it can also be dangerous. A teen was killed when something went horribly wrong with the hayride she was on. Though this accident took place in another state, with the popularity of these types of events, it is easy to see how it could happen in the state of Pennsylvania as well. 

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