Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poor Journalism, or People Who Do Not Understand English

Two different news agencies both reporting on the same story, and both have headlines that are contradicted by the first sentence of their own stories.

First article, "FedEx truck slams into bus", yet the first sentence states, "charter bus collided with other vehicles."

The second article's headline states, "Tractor-Trailer did not BREAK before collision with tour bus". 
The first sentence of this same article states, "the FedEx truck that collided with the tour bus in Northern California and killed 10 people BRAKED before the accident."
This is a simple error in misspelling, but completely changes the story.  
To break means to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces. To brake means to slow or stop.

These are just a few examples of the dumbing down of humanity. Everyone feels they need instant gratification from news, sports, celebrities; just the need for instant gratification is making us dumber, the subject matter is certainly making us dumber, and the methods (internet, blogs, crap journalists) are making us accept these mistakes in trade for the instant gratification. 

I haven't seen anyone reading a book in years, everyone is attached to an iSomething and can't even see the people right in front of them. Open up to reality folks.

Up to 10 dead after FedEx truck slams into bus
At least 10 people are dead after a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of high schoolers in Northern California on Thursday afternoon. The investigation is underway as to what caused the fatal accident. VPC
William M. Welch, USA TODAY 7:22 a.m. EDT April 11, 2014

As many as 10 people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when a charter bus collided with other vehicles and burst into flames in Northern California, authorities said. 
California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka said a FedEx truck crossed the freeway and slammed into the charter bus. Pahlka said a Nissan Altima was also in the collision.
Pahlka said the crash was reported at 5:41 p.m. near the town of Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and prompted police to close a section of Interstate 5.
The crash killed the drivers of the truck and bus, five students and three chaperones, Lt. Bill Carpenter of the highway patrol told CNN.
Glenn County sheriff's dispatcher Pauline Spooner said the bus passengers were high school seniors on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
Spooner also said several people were airlifted to local hospitals with injuries.
"Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students," the school said in a statement. "They were on their way to visit campus for the April 11 Spring Preview event. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible."
One emergency responder said as many as 37 people needed treatment for injuries such as burns, broken bones and cuts.
"The victims were teenage kids. A lot of them were freaked out. They were shocked. They still couldn't grasp what happened," Jason Wyman with the Orland Volunteer Fire Department told the Associated Press.
Steven Clavijo, 18, a student at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita, told the AP that he was on the bus during the crash.
Clavijo said he was just getting ready to fall asleep in the back of the bus when he felt the vehicle begin to swerve.
"I just heard this loud boom," he said. "We knew we were in major trouble."
Several students escaped through a window one of them had kicked open and were running from the wreckage when the bus exploded behind them, the AP reported.
Tommy Chang, the instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles School District, confirmed that students from Los Angeles schools were involved in the wreck, but he declined to provide further details.
The trip gave the students, "an amazing opportunity to see what this amazing state has to offer in terms of higher education," Chang said.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | Posted by News
NTSB Investigators: Tractor-Trailer Did Not Break Before Collision With Tour Bus
National Transportation Safety Board investigators did not find any signs the FedEx truck that collided with the tour bus in Northern California and killed 10 people braked before the accident.  That’s according to a spokesman with the agency.
The big rig was traveling in the southbound lane, and left it at a 10-degree angle. It ran over a 58-foot-wide median and entered the northbound lane with no tire marks left behind.
According to Mark Rosekind with the NTSB, the bus’ tire marks before the impact stretch 145 feet. The marks are an indication that the bus driver took evasive measures to avoid the FedEx truck by braking and steering the bus right.
Rosekind said the collision’s force ejected several of the bus passengers.
The 2014 model bus was only in service for roughly a month and came with seatbelts.
Rosekind said toxicology tests were being done on both drivers to learn if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the accident.
An investigator close to the investigation said the tractor-trailer’s tracking technology was probably destroyed in the fire.
The accident happened April 10 around 5:40 p.m. along Interstate 5 near Orland. The FedEx truck crossed the median, hitting a Nissan Altima and charter bus that was transporting dozens of high school students from Southern California schools to Humboldt State University.
Rosekind said the electronic module in the delivery truck could provide information about its speed and braking. But, with a powerful blaze, the chances of it being destroyed are high.
The comments Rosekind made were in response to a couple’s comments about the FedEx truck being on fire before it crossed the median and slammed into the bus.
Joe and Bobbie Duran were on their way home to Seattle when the accident occurred. They were in front of the charter bus.
Rosekind said the Nissan driver said she saw flames from the truck’s cab before the accident took place.  Bobbie said the flames were not from the engine but appeared to be in the cab itself.
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