January 13, 2023
Every time one of these stories happen in India, we have to go back and double-check to make sure it’s not a duplicate. It happens that often.
A bus was carrying 45 passengers in Venkatapuram Mandal, Mulugu District, Telangana on January 6. The driver, named Babu, suffered a sudden heart attack after complaining to some of the passengers about chest pain. He was able to save all the passengers from injury in the last few seconds of his life by braking and driving the bus into bushes.
Just one month prior, on December 1, a bus driver in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh suffered a sudden heart attack while driving. The driver died; and the bus ran over and crushed a biker to death.
It appears India media are trying to ignore these incidents. The following video was emailed to us a couple days ago. It happened in East Bardhaman District of West Bengal on January 9. Translating the email text was difficult and imperfect. But from what we could gather, passengers are allowed to sit on top of the bus, and pay half fare. The area is quite poor, and many people take advantage of this deal, according to our source.
At least one person died, which we believe was the driver. It’s unclear what exactly happened here.
India is the worst country right now for driving. The roads are extremely dangerous due to these constant #vaxxidents. The United States is a close second.
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Some of these crazy happenings on U.S. roads make zero sense. A truck driver, Mr. Jorge Luis Cruz-Vega, inexplicably came to a stop on train tracks in Collegedale, Tennessee on December 20.
The story is that a construction company employee was guiding the driver across the tracks. But a pickup truck somehow came into the picture, blocked the route, and the semi-truck, with a 134-foot concrete beam as cargo, was stuck on the tracks. Here is the video of the incident.
Mr. Cruz-Vega now faces charges for failure to yield and reckless endangerment. Ten train cars were derailed, leaving an absolute mess.
Somehow the truck driver was not hurt. Two Norfolk Southern railroad employees were hospitalized. The train was moving quite fast. The driver, the “guide,” or both must have felt, seen and heard it coming, with at least a one-minute warning. It’s as if it was a movie scene being filmed because it was so senseless.
The roadways, skies, tracks, etc. are only going to get more dangerous as 2023 progresses. And mainstream media will do everything in its power to hide and/or minimize these incidents.
Bay Area (California) bus loses control, crashes into 16 cars in Target parking lot
Imagine being inside a Target store shopping, only to come out to the parking lot, and find your car and a bunch of others completely totaled in a scene of utter chaos. That’s what happened at the Serramonte Center in Daly City, California – about 10 miles south of downtown San Francisco – on Friday, December 2.
The San Mateo County Transit District, aka SamTrans, is the public bus and shuttle system for the area. It serves 25,000 riders per day, with a fleet of 296 buses. The incident happened at around 11:50 a.m. that morning. A woman named Paula told ABC 7 that she was at an intersection making a left turn when the bus crashed into her. It dragged her car several feet. Paula said the bus driver was female, and that she “seemed okay.”
The bus kept moving, traveling at least 40 mph from all appearances. It drove through bushes and over a curb, before crashing into the parking lot on the south side of Target. Witnesses told NBC Bay Area that the bus was traveling “very fast.” It first hit a van, which crashed into a row of shopping carts. But the impact did not immediately slow the bus down, as it dragged the van through 15 more cars in the parking lot.
The following is video of the actual crash.
Local news helicopters captured the immediate aftermath at the scene.
Several cars were completely totaled. At least two people were inside their cars when the bus struck. Four people were injured and hospitalized, with one reportedly in critical condition. The following is a report from KTVU Fox 2, live from the scene.
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The Fox report posited that the driver may have “had some sort of medical emergency.” NBC wrote the same thing. SamTrans released a statement on December 7, saying all four injured people had been released from the hospital. In a normal world, you would think that the driver and her condition would be the focus of this story. The insurance bill to pay for all the damage and medical bills, courtesy of taxpayers, is also quite newsworthy.
We’ve read at least 20 articles on this incident, with many of them published days after it happened. There have been no further updates since December 8. None of said stories say anything about the driver.
The COVID Blog® emailed SamTrans Communication Manager Tasha Bartholomew and Public Affairs Specialist Dan Lieberman for comment about the driver and lack of updates on what happened. We have not heard back from them as of publishing.
All SamTrans drivers have been required to show proof of vaccination since at least September 21, 2021. Further, all SamTrans buses are equipped with cameras. This should literally be an open and shut case. But it appears the powers-that-be (“TPTB”) hoped the story would just fade away. We’ll update after following up with SamTrans.
Nick Theofilis: 23-year-old Pennsylvania ambulance driver suffers cardiac arrest while driving, dies in crash
Mr. Nick Theofilis was only 18 years old when he earned his firefighter certificate from the State of Pennsylvania in 2017, the same year he graduated high school.
He worked for both White Oak (PA) Emergency Medical Services and Penn Hills Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Theofilis was working the night shift for the latter on November 27. He suffered cardiac arrest while driving the ambulance, and crashed into two other vehicles at the intersection of Morewood Avenue and Fifth Avenue in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh at around 11 p.m.
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Pittsburgh paramedics arrived at the scene, and found Mr. Theofilis in cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. The passenger suffered head trauma and facial lacerations, but survived. One of the two drivers of the other two cars involved was hospitalized with abdominal pain.
Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County had vaccine mandates in place for city and county employees. The City of Penn Hills “engages” with Allegheny County “with regards to the State and Local response to the COVID-19 virus.” The county dispatches all Penn Hills emergency services.
Patrick Ford: American Airlines (Envoy) pilot dies shortly after takeoff
Mr. Patrick Ford joined Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines, in September 2022. Prior to that, he worked for Republic Airways, a regional carrier for American and Delta Airlines. Mr. Ford was a former Naval Intelligence Officer and flight instructor.
He was the captain-in-training of American Eagle (Envoy) Flight 3556 from Chicago O’Hare to Columbus, Ohio on November 19. The Embraer E175 aircraft took off at 7:41 p.m. local time. But about 10 minutes into the flight, the co-pilot radioed the O’Hare tower, informing them that he needed to return immediately. “The captain is incapacitated…he’s knocked out,” the co-pilot said.
Listen to the air traffic control audio below.
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The plane landed safely back at O’Hare about 18 minutes after takeoff. American Airlines said in a statement that the crew onboard tried resuscitating the captain, to no avail. Paramedics attempted reviving him upon landing back at the airport. They were also unsuccessful. Mr. Ford was pronounced dead at the airport. His obituary says he “died unexpectedly.”
American Airlines and its subsidiaries was one of the first major airlines to institute a vaccine mandate for all employees.
Greta Dyrmishi: 24-year-old Air Albania flight attendant collapses and dies after disembarking passengers
Ms. Greta Dyrmishi was a crew member on an Air Albania flight from Tirana (Rinas) International Airport to London Stansted Airport on December 21. The plane safely landed; and Ms. Dyrmishi ushered the passengers off the plane. She suddenly collapsed after all the passengers had exited.
Medical personnel rushed her to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlowe. But Ms. Dyrmishi was already dead. The cause of death was a heart attack.
Several more mysterious transportation deaths around the world since November
Mrs. Nicole Chang-Leng (pictured) became the first female airline captain in the island nation of Seychelles in 2007.
Mr. Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi was a flight attendant for state-owned Gulf Air in Bahrain. He was a crew member on Gulf Air Flight GF19 from Bahrain International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in the early hours of November 29. Mr. Al Yazidi suffered a sudden heart attack, and lost consciousness.
The pilots diverted the flight to Erbil International Airport in Iraq to try and save the young flight attendant. But he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Ms. Michelle Märkischova was a 31-year-old flight attendant with German charter airline Condor Flugdienst. Few details are available. But Ms. Märkischova “died unexpectedly” on December 4. Her obituary says she died “way too soon and completely unexpected.”
Mr. Maurizio Liberatore was a 27-year-old first officer (co-pilot) for Edelweiss Air in Switzerland. He died unexpectedly and without explanation on December 15.
Travel safety mitigation 2023
Flying on single-engine, single pilot planes is a death wish in 2023. Granted the chance of two pilots on a commercial jet suffering from cardiac arrest simultaneously is slim. But the possibility exists, nonetheless. This blogger is unlikely to ever board an airplane again. There are just too many risk factors beyond even the pilots. The possibility of having to fly for hours with a dead passenger or crew member is yet another reason to avoid airplanes.
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No critical thinker should be voluntarily driving during rush hour in their respective cities. If there’s no avoiding it, increase following distances to give yourself an extra second or two to react in the event of a sudden incident. It’s best to run all errands before 6 a.m. or after 9 p.m., or on weekend mornings, whenever possible. Public transportation means you’re placing your life into the hands of a municipal worker. Again, exercise caution and don’t be in a hurry.
Stay vigilant and protect your friends and loved ones.
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