Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Uber Driver Hit Gas Pump After Crash


Surveillance video shows a gas pump bursting into a ball of flames after being hit by an SUV on Monday night in Seattle, Washington.

Uber confirmed the driver of the SUV was working for them and was carrying a passenger.

Witnesses on a bus said they saw the 2007 Nissan X-Terra speed past them, then clip the side of a Honda Accord, which pushed the car off the road.

The car ended up hitting a tree and split in half.

The 35-year-old driver of the Accord was trapped inside. He was freed and taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Witnesses said the SUV kept heading eastbound, and it appears the driver tried to brake then lost control. They said the SUV may have blown a tire.

Surveillance video shows the SUV went airborne over a curb, through a parking lot, then plowed into a Shell Gas Station.

The SUV missed two gas pumps, but hit a third and burst into flames. Firefighters quickly put the fire out.

A 40-year-old woman who was a passenger in the SUV was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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Source: ABC13

2 Drivers Dead - 2 Kids Injured In Crash


Two people were killed and two children were injured in a crash in Kaufman County.

Department of Public Safety troopers were called to the scene of the crash at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. It happened on FM 741, about two miles south of Interstate 20.

Troopers determined that a pickup truck was going north in the southbound lane without headlights when it crashed into another truck head on.

Both drivers died at the scene. Two children were in the second vehicle, and they were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Credit Card Fraud Linked To Gas Station


The Meridian Police Department has issued a warning about a scam that is evidently linked to the use of credit or debit cards at a local gas station.

Police Chief Chris Blanton said a number of people have reported unauthorized purchases that were made with their credit and debit cards after they used the cards at the Exxon gas station at 201 Morgan St. in Meridian.

"This is not something that in the almost eight years that I've been here we've had this kind of a problem,” said Blanton.

Blanton said within the last week more than 15 people have reported fraud, and that the number keeps growing.

“When 15 or 20 people have come, and some of them have lost $400 or $500, that’s theft,” he said.

Amanda Gregory is one of the fraud victims.

She said someone made three consecutive purchases totaling more than $1,200.

“My husband and I worked pretty hard for that money,” said Gregory.

Her bank reimbursed her for the amount charged.

She said the experience taught her a lesson.

“Be more diligent with your bank statements and with your debit card, and don't maybe be as free to use it everywhere,” said Gregory.

Blanton said the department tried notifying the gas station’s owner, but said he was not cooperative with the investigation.

He believes the pumps could have a skimmer inside, but can’t know for sure until an expert can inspect the inside of the pumps.

He said he has no reason to suspect the owner had prior knowledge or that he is responsible.

The owner’s son did not confirm the problem, but said if there is a problem, it is with Exxon and not the local station.

For now, police are cautioning others until they can investigate further.

“As far as we can tell it’s the gas pumps. It’s not the inside’s credit card machines, it’s just the gas pumps,” said Blanton.

“We encourage you… please shop at the store, buy gas at the store. Just at this time it would probably be best not to use your credit card at the gas pump,” he said.

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Source: KWTX

Postal Employee Fired For Dumping Mail


A U.S. Postal Service employee has been fired for allegedly dumping hundreds of pieces of mail in a Dallas creek.

Don Sutton lives across the street from Cedar Creek in Oak Cliff and noticed a U.S. Postal service truck parked nearby on Monday afternoon. A short time later he saw a trail of mail scattered down the embankment.

Sutton saw some of the envelopes lying on the edge of the embankment and snapped a photograph of the pieces he could see. It turns out there was plenty more down below.

“There was an AT&T phone bill and there was a Capital One credit card bill from someone,” Sutton said.

Sutton became suspicious when his surveillance camera captured a U.S. Postal Service truck come and go Monday afternoon -- but his mail never arrived.

Since it was after business hours when he found the mail, Sutton called 911. On Tuesday morning, investigators with the Dallas Marshals's office and postal police retrieved two large bags full of undelivered mail.

A spokesman with the USPS Office of Inspector General says the mail, which belongs to the 75224 zip code, will be processed and victims will be notified by a special agent from the Dallas office.

The Dallas Marshals are investigating the incident as an illegal dumping case. It’s not known if the postal carrier has been arrested and his identity has not been released since it’s an active investigation.

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Source: FOX4NEWS