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Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Remembered After Fatal Crash

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

Douglas L. Hatcher was just three months from retiring from the U.S. Border Patrol when he died in an off-duty recreational vehicle crash in Texas earlier this week.  

Hatcher, 50, was a supervisory agent at the Uvalde Station in South Texas. 

He died Monday at University Hospital in San Antonio. 

“We are deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of one of our own,” the Uvalde Station said on Facebook. “He will be missed by everyone.”

Hatcher began his career in Carrizo Springs before he was transferred to Del Rio Sector.

While not working, Hatcher was a frequent volunteer, youth football coach, and father of two sons, according to Uvalde Leader-News.

“He was a good father, a good man, and a good neighbor,” Hatchher’s longtime friend and neighbor, Betty Hilderbran, said. “He always had a smile.”

First United Methodist Church member Nancy Feely recalled how Hatcher delivered a box of to-go meals to coworkers who weren’t able to attend a law enforcement appreciate dinner on July 24.

“Our deepest condolences to the entire Hatcher family,” Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco said. “May he rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all the United States Border Patrol agents. May God keep y’all strong and united through these difficult times.”

Border Patrol Agent Remains Hospitalized After ATV Crash in Maine

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent is recovering in a hospital from injuries he sustained during an ATV crash in a remote area of western Maine.

The unidentified agent, who was wearing a helmet, crashed the ATF on Monday afternoon in northern Franklin County along the Quebec border.

His partner, who was driving another ATV, helped stabilize this partner while waiting for help. Because of the area’s remoteness, it took emergency personnel about an hour to arrive to the scene, CBP said.

He was airlifted to a hospital in Bangor.

“Responding to assistance calls is something we do on a regular basis,” Jason D. Owens, the chief border patrol agent in Maine, told the Bangor Daily News. “When it hits so close to home, when one of our own agents is the injured party, it really makes us thankful for the training, equipment we have available and for the first-rate response from our local partners who respond quickly to calls for assistance.”

NTSB: Limo Crash That Killed 20 People Was ‘Deadliest Transportation-Related Accident’ Since 2009

By Steve Neavling

The limo crash that killed 20 people in New York on Saturday was the “deadliest transportation-related accident” in the nation since 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB is investigating what caused the limo to crash into another vehicle and pedestrians near Albany.

Killed in the crash were 18 people in the limo and two bystanders.

The limo was packed with people from a wedding party.

“This is one of the biggest losses of life that we’ve seen in a long, long time,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told local NBC affiliate WNYT. 

For reasons that aren’t yet clear, the limo failed to stop at an intersection and careened into the parking lot of an Apple Barrel store and café.

“My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in a statement. “I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help. State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.”

Border Patrol Pursuit Leaves 7 Injured After SUV Carrying Illegal Immigrants Crashed

border-patrol-san-diego-sectorBy Steve Neavling

Seven Mexican nationals were injured when an SUV being pursued by Border Patrol agents crashed in Chula Vista, Calif. on Sunday.

The pursuit began early Sunday afternoon, when an agent spotted a 2000 Ford Expedition SUV and suspected it was carrying illegal immigrants, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports

About three minutes into the pursuit, the SUV veered off the freeway and rolled down an embankment.

All seven occupants were injured, and two people sustained major injuries.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone was arrested.

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Border Patrol Pursuit Ends in Crash in California, Injuring 9 Inside

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents were chasing an SUV driven by a suspected human smuggler when the Chevrolet Trailblazer crashed Sunday in Lake Moreno, Calif., injuring all nine people inside the vehicle.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that agents attempted to pull over the SUV on state Route 94 in the Campo area shortly before noon. 

The driver, who sped away, crashed about 15 minutes later into a boulder near the entrance to Lake Morena County Park.

One person was in critical condition, while six sustained moderate injuries and two suffered minor injuries.

Agents believe the driver, who is a U.S. citizen, was smuggling the passengers into the U.S. They were all adult Mexican nationals.

“This incident is a sad example of how human smugglers show utter disregard for human life in order to profit from criminal activity,” Mark Endicott, a supervisory Border Patrol agent for the San Diego sector, said in a statement. 

NTSB Recommends School Buses Use Seat Belts to Protect Children

school-busBy Steve Neavling

The National Transportation Safety Board is now acknowledging that children would be safer on school buses if they had seat belts.

Safety officials previously said seat belts aren’t necessary because the seats are tall, strong and closed spaced.

But after reviewing several deadly bus accidents, NTSB says the compartmentalization of the seats is no longer sufficient to protect children during side-impact collisions and rollovers, FOX23 reports. 

NTSB said seat belts would decrease the chances of injuries and could even save lives.

NTSB is recommending that school use three-point seat belts when buy new buses for students.

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NTSB to Investigate Bus Crash That Killed 13, Injured 31 in California

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tour bus crash that killed 13 people and injured 31 others in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., early Sunday.

NTSB made the announcement on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The bus was returning from the Red Earth Casino near Salton Sea when it collided with a big rig on the 10 Freeway.

According to officials, the truck was traveling slowly because workers were strangling power lines across the freeway. That’s when investigators say the bus slammed into the back of the trailer at a high rate of speed.

It’s unclear why the bus didn’t slow down.

NTSB to Investigate Cause of N.Y. Train Derailment That Injured 33 People

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused a 12-car commuter train and a work train to sideswipe each other in New York, leading to 33 injuries of 33 people, four seriously, Gob. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday.

State officials said the eastbound Long Island Rail Road train derailed after it sideswiped a yellow maintenance train, leaving a “splatter of yellow paint where the first collision occurred,” the Washington Post reports. 

“Both trains were running in the same direction — one was a work train, one was a revenue train and they sideswiped each other,” said Cuomo. “The question is why.”