Paramedic Treats Woman in Fatal Car Crash, Later Learns it was Her Daughter

A Canadian paramedic unknowingly treated her own daughter in a fatal car accident.

Jayme Erickson was first to attend the Nov. 15 crash north of Calgary in which the passenger was trapped inside the vehicle with severe injuries. She then sat in the car and tended to the trapped woman until further medical teams arrived.

Tragically, the paramedic was not aware that the passenger involved was her 17-year-old daughter Montana — who was unrecognizable because of the severity of her injuries.

“Jayme unknowingly was keeping her own daughter alive,” Richard Reed, a paramedic and friend of Erickson, explained in a press conference Wednesday. He added that Erickson administered the medical treatment to buy the victim’s family time to say goodbye.

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It wasn’t until Erickson returned home that she was met by Canadian police — and the devastating news of her daughter’s death.

“She was a fighter and she fought until the day that she died and she was beautiful,” Erickson said during the conference. “She was so beautiful. If she ever put an effort into anything she would always succeed at it.”

“We are overwhelmed with grief and absolutely gutted,” Erickson added in a GoFundMe page set up by family friend Lindsay Sandalack. “The pain I am feeling is like no pain I have ever felt, it is indescribable.”

“The critically injured patient I had just attended to, was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini-me. My daughter, Montana,” she continued. “Her injures [sic] were so horrific I did not even recognize her. I was taken to FMC to see my baby girl, and was informed her injuries were not compatible with life.”

Erickson added that she “cannot help but be angry for the short amount of time I was given with her.” Her emotional post questioned where Montana would be in adulthood — graduated, married, and living a happy life.

“I will cherish the memories we made and the time we had together,” she added. “I am shattered. I am broken. I am missing a piece of me. I am left to pick up the pieces and expected to carry on.”

At the time of publishing, the GoFundMe had nearly reached their goal of $100,000 in donations — aimed to allow the family financial freedom as they grieve the loss of Montana.

You can access the GoFundMe here.

Hiker Plummets 1,000 Feet to Her Death After Slipping on Ledge: “She Was Screaming”

A woman plummeted 1,000 feet to her death after slipping off the edge of a cliff while hiking on a mountain in Italy.

“The news that arrived this evening of the tragic death of the young Maria Cristina Masocco, which took place in the afternoon in the mountains, strikes us in a truly profound way,” lamented Viviana Fusaro, the mayor of Feltre, Belluno, located in the region of Veneto, where the accident took place.

The disaster occurred around 4 p.m. on Sunday while Masocco, who lived in Feltre, was hiking with three friends in the Dolomites, the highest peak in which measures nearly 11,000 feet tall, Newsflash reported.

They were reportedly walking single file along a ledge through a pass, when the alpinist slipped and fell “screaming” into a ravine and out of sight, witnesses told the outlet.

Her horrified hiking companions subsequently called emergency services, who dispatched a rescue helicopter to the scene. However, by the time they reached Masocco, she was already dead, per their reports.

Needless to say, the community was rocked by the mountaineer’s untimely passing.

“In these hours, no words can soothe the intimate suffering of the mother, younger sister and friends,” mourned Fusaro. “I want to express to them the sincere closeness of the entire community, who joins in an embrace to their great pain.”

The tragedy follows a rash of hiking deaths around the globe.

The accident occurred while Mariacristina Masocco, 26, slipped while hiking with friends in the Dolomites in Italy.

In September, a 79-year-old man fell to his death while hiking with his two daughters at Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook, Australia.

Meanwhile, in August, two hikers died days apart after falling off separate cliffs located less than five miles apart in Oregon.

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Grandparents Killed in Plane Crash on Their Way to See Family for Thanksgiving

Two grandparents were killed in a Winston-Salem, N.C., plane crash on their way to see family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Patty Kreher and Joe Kreher of Freeburg, Ill., were flying to the east coast Saturday to visit their son and grandchildren when their plane went down, family told WGHP, adding that the two had made the trip from St. Louis to North Carolina multiple times before.

The couple’s Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche crashed northeast of downtown, miles from the Smith Reynolds airport, around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, the outlet shares.

A spokesperson for the Winston-Salem Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, although the WSPD did confirm that two people died in the crash to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Data from FlightAware.com shows that the plane landed in London, Ky., an hour and 45 minutes after taking off, and looped around that airport. It was then rescheduled to land at 11:10 a.m. at Smith Reynolds.

Images from the crash show the wreck just feet away from a home, as the plane appeared to be split in half.

National Transportation Safety Board officials cleared the wreckage Monday morning, per WGHP, as footage shows the area taped off. Crew members used saws to cut the plane up before they eventually towed it away with a pickup truck.

Sergeant C.G. Byrd with North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WGHP that the plane crashed in a woodline of a residential area, although no other injuries have been reported. The pilot reportedly spoke with the control tower before the crashing, sharing that their engine was “not making as much power as the other one.”

Susan Harrison-Bailey told the Winston-Salem Journal that the plane came down near her backyard and did not hit her home. The publication reports that the crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

“I couldn’t tell that it was a plane,” Harrison-Bailey said. “There was a lot of smoke … I could see it was smashed into the trees. It landed straight up and down.”

The crash comes just a month after three people died when a small plane crashed into a home in Minnesota. The Cessna 172 made impact on the second floor of a Hermantown home in before coming to a halt in the residents’ backyard.

The two occupants of the home were not injured. Victims of that crash were later identified as Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville, who was the airplane’s pilot, Alyssa Schmidt, 32, of St. Paul, and her brother, Matthew Schmidt, 31, of Burnsville.

Construction Worker is Crushed After 6,000 Pounds of Lumber Spills Off Forklift

A construction worker was crushed to death at Florida’s Port Tampa Bay when 6,000 pounds of lumber spilled off a forklift, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, when the forklift came to a sudden stop, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The port is in south Tampa, off Hillsborough Bay.

“A person working at the port was helping clear the way for a forklift to transfer two bundles of lumber, weighing 3,000 lbs a piece,” the sheriff’s office said.

“At one point, when the forklift operator hit the brakes, the two bundles rolled forward and off the fork. The first bundle clipped the worker, while the second bundle of lumber rolled over and crushed him.”

The worker was pronounced dead after being taken to Tampa General hospital, officials said. Identities of the worker and forklift driver were not released.

Detectives are calling the incident a workplace accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is doing a more extensive investigation, officials said.

Port Tampa Bay, the state’s “largest cargo tonnage port,” is undergoing expansions that include “more storage and berth capacity, additional cranes, a new gate complex and trans-loading facilities.”

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Dad Dies After Falling Out of Car While Collecting Donations for Daughter’s Girl Scout Troop

An Illinois father was helping his 12-year-old daughter collect canned food donations for her Girl Scout troop when he fell out of the car and hit his head. He died five days later.

Aaron LaMore, a 45-year-old tollway supervisor and veteran, was riding in the car’s open hatchback on Nov. 6 when “he lost his footing, fell backwards out of the car onto the pavement, and struck his head on the back,” his brother-in-law, Ryan Talaga, told media outlet Patch.

“They didn’t even get to the first house,” Talaga said, adding that the car was going about 5 mph at the time.

When help arrived on the scene, LaMore was able to “pick himself off” the ground and “walk into the ambulance,” a family member wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help his wife Erin and their daughter Mia.

Once at the hospital his condition “rapidly” declined, according to the fundraiser.

As he was awaiting transport to another hospital, LaMore — who suffered multiple skull fractures — went into cardiac arrest, according to Patch.

“His injuries were grave at that time,” Talaga told the outlet, adding that there was “irreversible damage.”

LaMore, who was a veteran and an organ donor, died on Veterans Day, leaving behind his wife of 16 years and their daughter.

“The University of Chicago held a Hero’s Walk in his honor as he saved multiple lives that day with his donation,” read a message on the GoFundMe page. “He will forever be a hero and champion.”

“This is the worst thing that could happen to my sister and my niece, but knowing that he’s able to save lives, gives them some peace,” Talaga told Patch.

Talaga remembered his brother-in-law as a “very selfless” individual, who also “loved joking around” and “being silly.”

He told Patch that the loss is especially difficult for LaMore’s daughter. “Mia was a daddy’s girl, to the nth degree,” he said.

Family members created the GoFundMe page to help cover expenses and medical bills as well as the cost of Mia’s future education.

“Their burden is heavy, and we want to help lighten the load,” read a message on the page, which has raised over $28,000 as of Friday afternoon.

According to his obituary, in lieu of flowers, loved ones are encouraging donations to Gift of Hope or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Worker Dies After Falling into Pot of Molten Iron

Caterpillar, Inc. has been fined after one of its employees died from falling into an 11-foot-deep pot of molten iron.

Back in June, Steve Dierkes, 39, from Peoria, Illinois was “immediately incinerated” after falling into the molten iron that was twice as hot as lava.

It was Dierke’s ninth day on the job as an employee and melting specialist at a Caterpillar foundry in Mapleton.

Caterpillar is a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of industrial vehicles and equipment.

A veteran Caterpillar worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS), that Dierkes “was taking a sample of iron for the met lab and apparently just tripped.”

The unidentified worker explained: “He died instantly, but not all of him went in. Part of his body remained on the deck for the coroner to retrieve.

“It must have been ghastly for those folks that witnessed it and to wait for the coroner with half of their coworker lying on the floor.”

The worker, called Ron to protect his identity, claimed “the death occurred on one of the large melters in the main foundry melting area.”

In the aftermath of Dierkes’s death, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation into Caterpillar.

Investigators “determined the foundry routinely exposed employees to unprotected fall hazards as they worked within four feet of deep ceramic containers of super-heated molten iron,” OSHA said in a statement. 

“If required safety guards or fall protection had been installed, the 39-year-old employee’s ninth day on the job might not have been their last.”

The company was cited for one willful violation and fined $145,027 by OSHA.

“A worker’s life could have been spared if Caterpillar had made sure required safety protections were in place, a fact that only adds to this tragedy,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Bill Donovan in Chicago. 

“Producing more than 150,000 tons each year, Caterpillar’s foundry is one of the nation’s largest and they should be acutely aware of industry regulations to protect workers using smelters and other dangerous equipment.”

Employers are required by federal safety regulations to install guardrails and restraint systems to protect workers from falling into harmful equipment.

“Caterpillar’s failure to meet its legal responsibilities to ensure the safety and health of workers leaves this worker’s family, friends and co-workers to grieve needlessly,” said OSHA Area Director Christine Zortman in Peoria.

“We implore employers to review the agency-specific regulations to protect workers from falls into equipment in industrial settings.”

At the time of the incident, Caterpillar spokeswoman Lisa Miller said in a statement to The U.S. Sun: “We are deeply saddened by the death of an employee who was involved in a serious incident at our Mapleton, Illinois, facility on June 2.

“Our thoughts are with this employee’s family, friends and colleagues.

“The safety of our employees, contractors and visitors is our top priority.”

The company has 15 business days from the time of OSHA’s citation to chose one of three options.

Caterpillar can comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director to further discuss the matter, or contest the findings of the investigation and citation in front of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Dierkes is survived by his life partner Jessica Sutter and their three daughters.

According to his obituary, he is remembered as “a hard-working teddy bear of a man with calloused hands and a tender heart,” who “would have done anything for anyone with no expectation of anything in return.”

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Man Fatally Compressed by Recycling Truck After Climbing into Dumpster

A 19-year-old New Jersey man was killed after he climbed into a Pennsylvania store dumpster and was compressed in the back of a recycling truck, authorities said.

Kellen J. Bischoff’s body was then discovered among trash recyclables at the J.P. Mascaro & Sons’ Total Recycle facility in Birdsboro on Saturday at 8:41 a.m., a statement from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office said.

Bischoff had been previously reported missing to the Kutztown Borough Police Department before his body was found, the office said.

Investigators said they learned that the Manahawkin man had been visiting a family member in Kutztown and was last seen early Saturday morning after he left a party off the campus of Kutztown University.

Surveillance video showed Bischoff was alone when he climbed into a dumpster in the back of a Dollar Tree store in Kutztown, which was later dumped into the back of a recycling truck and carried to the recycling plant where his body was discovered, the DA’s office said.

An autopsy was performed, and no foul play or unexplained injuries were observed. Toxicology results are pending.

In his obituary, Bischoff was described as having a “fun-loving attitude,” being “infectious,” and having “left an impression on all who knew him.”

After graduating from Southern Regional High School in Stafford this year, he “started to follow his passion for music” at Full Sail University in Florida.

“Continue to pound those skins our mighty Irish warrior and we will be listening and we will hear you,” the obituary added.

The recycling facility also issued a statement in response to Bischoff’s death, expressing their sympathies.

“After immediately contacting the police, we have worked closely with them and will continue to provide whatever information and cooperation is needed in their investigation of this tragic accident,” their statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man’s family.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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Girl Dies After Being Left in Hot Car for Nine Hours After Dad “Forgot to Drop Her Off at Nursery”

A girl has died after being left in a hot car for nine hours when her dad forgot to drop her off at nursery.

Seira Fuchigami, two, was left roasting inside a minivan after her dad, 33, didn’t realize she was still inside.

The father-of-three told police from the Osaka Prefecture in Japan he went out around 8:00 am on November 12 with his three children.

He dropped two of his kids off at different schools but headed into work with Seira still in the car.

The devastated dad locked his car with the windows wound all the way up before making his way to the office.

When he returned to Kishiwada to pick up his kids from school, staff told him that Seira had never arrived.

He searched his car where he found her her limp and unconscious, police said.

The young girl was rushed to hospital but did not survive.

Doctors believe she suffered from heat stroke.

Seira did not have any visible external injuries, officers said.

An autopsy is being held today to determine her official cause of death.

It comes after a baby died after the father forgot to drop him off at day care, leaving the parents hospitalized with “shock”.

The 14-month-old was found dead in his dad’s boiling hot vehicle in Bordes, southwestern France, in July.

In another tragic case, a dad was charged with murder after his eight-month-old daughter was found dead in a hot car.

Davied Whatley, 20, claimed he warned cops little Nova Whatley-Trejo was inside the vehicle when he was arrested by police in Snellville, Georgia on May 3.

He was trying to retrieve a seized gun but was taken into custody when officers realized he had an outstanding probation charge.

Police said Whatley called a family member to check on Nova at some point following his arrest.

Nova was reportedly inside the car for seven hours when she was found unresponsive by her grandma Leticia Padilla.

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Man Dancing on 18-Wheeler Dies When It Passes Under Freeway Overpass (VIDEO)

A man who was dancing on top of an 18-wheeler as it traveled down a Texas freeway died after he was knocked off of the vehicle, according to police.

The 25-year-old “jumped or climbed” on top of the truck’s trailer as it traveled down Eastex Freeway on Thursday morning, the Houston Police Department’s Vehicular Crimes Division said in a statement Monday.

The driver was not aware that someone was on top of the moving truck, according to the release. Police added that the man was dancing and “possibly recording himself.”

Police said the man fell off the trailer and onto the freeway when the truck passed under an overpass bridge.

PEOPLE reached out to the Houston Police Department for more information on Tuesday.

Footage taken of the man was shared on social media. In one clip, he appeared to duck underneath a freeway overpass before standing to his feet a seconds later. The clip cuts off before the truck reached another overpass.

People who witnessed the disturbing incident posted comments about it on Facebook.

“I saw the contorted body and broken neck and arm. It was horrible way to begin a day,” wrote commenter Crystal Davis. “And I took the time to describe the imagery because, it was traumatic for myself and everyone actually there. EVERYONE had the look of, why? Why did this have to happen.”

Added commenter Gabriela Diaz: “I was also about 4 cars behind and I could not believe my eyes… my hand went right over my mouth with disbelief and sadness running thru me.”

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

CBS affiliate KHOU said the driver of the 18-wheeler was stopped and questioned by police but was released without charges.

The name of the man who died has not been publicly released, pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Man Dies After Co-Worker Pulls Dangerous Prank

A factory worker in the Rania area of Kanpur Dehat district in northern India died on Friday after a co-worker reportedly inserted an air compressor pipe into his rectum.

The 47-year-old factory worker died because of internal injuries caused by the burst of air in his cavity, the police confirmed.

The Times of India reported that a co-worker allegedly used the air compressor as a joke, a supposed prank that led to death.

The victim was identified as Dayashankar Dubey from the Hanspuram area of Naubasta in Kanpur. The incident reportedly happened inside the factory. The victim became unconscious after the pipe used to clean and remove dust was allegedly inserted into his rectum.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kakadeo, where he was later pronounced dead. The victim has a wife, Neelam, and two sons – Deepak and Harshit. The family accused the co-worker of murder and made an official complaint at the police station.

The police currently detained the victim’s fellow worker for investigation. “The matter is being investigated. We have taken the accused factory worker into custody. The postmortem has confirmed death due to internal bleeding. If the charges are proven, we will book him for culpable homicide under IPC 304,” said the Rania police station.

The India Code states in 304 that “whoever causes the death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.”

The same incident happened in July, reported by The Indian Express, wherein a 16-year-old boy in Mehsana died due to the inserted air compressor pipe into his rectum.

The victim, a resident of Labour Company on Chhatral-Kadi highway, reportedly fainted after the air compressor pipe was inserted into his rectum. It happened inside Alok Industries, where the victim started working on woodwork two months before the incident.

It was said to be intended for a prank, only “for fun.” However, according to the police, the teenager died due to internal injuries he acquired after the air in his cavity burst.

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