Accident News: Caracas, Venezuela’s Amuay Refinery Explodes; At Least 26 Killed And 80 Injured

AP has released a story about a deadly explosion in Caracas, Venezuela. The Amuay refinery is a key component to Venezuela’s thriving oil industry. In fact, AP reports that it is the biggest refinery in Venezuela. It exploded on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The blast has killed at least 26 people and injured over 80.

Those killed in this accident included 17 National Guard members. They happened to be stationed at a military post right next to the refinery. That sounds like a terrible place to build a military installation. The same goes for houses. What kind of zoning do they have there in Caracas and Venezuela? What the heck are houses doing that close to a huge refinery?

This accident could potentially affect the price of oil worldwide since Venezuela is an OPEC member and one of the leading oil exporters in the world. However, officials are saying the Amuay refinery will be reopened in no more than 2 days.

Officials say a gas leak caused the refinery explosion. However, the cause of the leak is still under investigation.

Sources:

ABC And Associated Press: Refinery blast kills 26 in Venezuela, dozens hurt

Flagler County, Florida Accidental Death News: Body Of Missing Swimmer, Dominic Michot, Found On August 25, 2012

Dominic Michot and his brother, Franz, got thrown about by some waves when swimming in the area of Flagler Beach (Flagler County, Florida). A lifeguard saw what happened and saved Dominic’s brother. But the latter disappeared under the water, prompting a search of the waters around Flagler Beach. Dominic’s disappearance was on Friday, August 24, 2012. He was not found during that Friday search.

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, it was determined that Dominic had drowned in this accident. His body was found in the area of that same beach.

It is believed that a rip tide took Dominic Michot under the water. These rip tides can occur even when the water otherwise appears reasonably calm.

The source for this story is Orlando’s WESH. You can read the original story about Dominic Michot’s drowning by clicking here.

If clicking on that link above, you can watch a video that was made BEFORE Dominic’s body was found.

List of Names And Ages Of 5 Children Killed Near Van, Texas SUV Car Crash (Monday, August 20, 2012)

According to the Associated Press, a terrible accident occurred in the area of Van, Texas, on Monday, August 20, 2012. 5 children were killed in this accident. You can see a list of their names and ages below.

Cause of Accident:

Police are saying that the SUV was overloaded. It had a total of twelve people in it, with 9 of them being kids. This may or may not have caused a tire to explode. When it did explode, however, the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Injuries and Deaths:

Five children were killed, and five more individuals in the car were injured. It should be well noted that the only two wearing a seat belt were also the only two not injured. Obviously, when you fill an SUV with 12 people, you are going to have an issue with trying to get everyone in seatbelts. In 2012, there is just no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. This could have prevented some or all of these deaths.

Names of Children Killed And Their Ages:

Rosvaelia Jaimes – 13 years old
Omar Jaimes – 7 years old
Saideth Acuna – 6 years old
Ulisa Acuna – 3 years old
Judith Jaimes – 2 years old

This list does not include the names of those injured because that information was not in the Associated Press report.

Although no charges have been filed at this point, certainly at least the driver could be facing charges for failing to properly secure the children in seatbelts or child safety seats.

Sources:

Associated Press

August 18, 2012: Duluth, Minnesota And Lake Superior: Lightning Strike Kills 9-Year-Old Boy And Injures 7 Others

According to the Associated Press, eight people were struck by lightning in Lake Superior. This incident occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

The eight victims were riding in a boat. As they were coming ashore to find safe ground from the thunderstorm, lightning struck the boat. The place where the lightning struck was around Minnesota Point.

Of the eight victims, an unnamed 9-year-old boy has died. However, AP said the boy is from Iron River, Wisconsin.

The other 7 victims are all expected to survive, although 4 of them had injuries serious enough to be taken to the hospital.

Sources:

Associated Press (AP): Lightning strike kills boy on Lake Superior Beach