Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival

The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival will be here soon, and a big crowd is expected for the 25th anniversary of this popular event. What’s even better is that it’s free! The Giant Pumpkin Festival is scheduled for October 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. It’s being held at Elk Grove Regional Park, located at 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd. While admittance is free of charge, parking will cost $10. That’s a cheap price for everything that it includes, and for those who are coming by bicycle, a free valet service is offered. This annual event draws around 50,000 people, so you know it isn’t one you want to miss.

Lack of Highway Safety Repairs Adds to Fatal Tesla Crash

Regulators took transportation officials to task for not repairing highway safety barriers faster after reviewing a fatal Tesla Model X crash last March when the vehicle was on autopilot. According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, officials in California had not repaired the safety barrier along Highway 110, which had been damaged in an earlier accident. The second Mountain View collision killed Walter (Wei) Huang, an engineer employed by Apple, when his vehicle struck the same spot. 

Calistoga Crash Causes Fatal Injury

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, a collision in Napa County resulted in at least one fatal injury. The accident happened just outside of the city of Calistoga and only involved a single vehicle. The identity of the decedent has not yet been reported by Napa County officials. Additionally, the number of people injured during this collision has not yet been confirmed.

One Hurt in Eureka Motorcycle Accident

According to reports from local authorities, one person suffered significant injuries during a Eureka motorcycle accident on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Eureka Police Department (EPD) officials stated that the accident involved two separate vehicles and only injured one person. Updates on the condition of the injured person have not been provided, and this accident remains under official investigation.

Multiple-Vehicle Crash in North Highlands

A multiple-vehicle crash in North Highlands on September 10 along Madison Avenue caused an injury to one person. The accident happened around 6:00 p.m. along Madison just west of Hillsdale Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The crash involved four vehicles, including two Toyota Camrys and a truck, and blocked the number one lane along westbound Madison. Emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department were called to the scene when it was reported that one party was unconscious in their vehicle. The hospital that person was taken to was not reported. The CHP is investigating the crash to determine how it occurred.

Two Transit Bus Passengers Injured in Sacramento Collision

A Sacramento Regional Transit bus was involved in a collision with another vehicle on September 10 shortly before 1:00 in the afternoon, which resulted in injuries to two passengers. The accident, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), occurred along Fulton Avenue southbound just north of Alta Arden Expressway in the area of Arden Arcade. The driver of a Mitsubishi was backing onto Fulton Avenue from a local business when they were involved in a collision with the bus. The two people who were injured were transported to a local hospital by ambulance. The cause of the transit bus accident is under investigation by the CHP to determine why it happened.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Correctly installed child car seats are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your child on the road. According to SafeKids.org, a child safety seat that is properly installed and used can bring down the incidence of fatal injuries for infants by 71 percent, for toddlers by 54 percent, and for kids between 4 to 8 years by 45 percent.

Eureka Driver, Cattle Killed in Truck Accident

California Highway Patrol (CHP) has reported that a man from Eureka lost his life during a single-vehicle truck accident that took place on Sunday, September 8, 2019. In addition to the fatally injured man, 20 cattle were killed as a result of the accident. Humboldt County authorities have not yet released the decedent’s identity and are in the process of notifying his family. This crash remains under CHP investigation.

Using Magnets to Repair Femur Fracture 

The Rice University Brown School of Engineering is working to improve the process of femur fracture repair by using magnets. If someone sustains a fractured femur and the bone has been displaced, surgery is often required to move the bones back into the proper position. This usually involves a network of plates, screws, and rods which are used to hold the bones in place while they heal. This process isn’t perfect, and, sometimes, surgical procedures of this nature can be challenging.

Farming Accident Near Modesto Kills Teenager

A farming accident near Modesto on September 7 cost the life of a teenager as the ATV he was riding experienced a rollover in the orchard where he was working. He was ejected from the vehicle. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the accident happened near Keys Road and Hawkins Road at about 4:00 in the afternoon. Police officers and medics arrived at the scene to discover that the 16-year-old teen had passed away as a result of the accident.