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One Killed in Minor League Baseball Firework Accident

A Pacific Beach man was killed on September 2 in a tragic fireworks accident at a minor league baseball game, according to Fox News 5 in San Diego. William Calabrese, 20, was killed in the accident at Diamond Stadium, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball team. Calabrese was working part-time for Fireworks America. “He was a great kid. A former Eagle Scout who built a lot of things here in San Diego including a prayer garden in Pacific Beach where he’s from,” said friend Corey McClelland. “This guy got us all involved in life. He was a giver that never stopped helping people he didn’t know.” Calabrese suffered severe burns following what has been described as an explosion. The incident remains under investigation. “This tragic accident has left the Storm community devastated and shaken by this loss,” lead a statement released by the Lake Elsinore Storm. “We feel the…
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Amtrak Train Strikes, Kills San Diego Man

According to sources, an unidentified man died after an Amtrak train struck him on the tracks near Bay Park in San Diego on August 19. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported that the accident occurred at Ashton Street and Morena Boulevard shortly after 11 am. One of the passengers on the train reported that the man appeared to be standing on the tracks when he was struck. Authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. Amtrak is the largest private rail service in the United States, operating more than 300 trains daily in 46 states. The majority of train accidents occur at gates and crossings. The most common form of train accident are collisions with cars and trucks at crossings. Although they are less common than regular car and truck accidents, train accidents are very often fatal due to the weight of the train…
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California Worker Killed at Construction Site, Contractor Ignored Safety Orders

California state regulators continue to investigate a fatal workplace accident from January 28 in Milpitas, California, according to sources. 39-year-old carpenter Raul Zapata was buried alive at the site when a hillside collapsed, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner. Zapata was working at the site, which is for a private residence. According to the San Jose Mercury News, three days before the accident the city had ordered the contractor to pause the project because of heavy rainfall and an absence of shoring in the foundation hole, which made the site unsafe. U.S.-Sino Investment, the contractor based in Fremont, did not comply with the city’s orders. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation through its regional office. According to a spokesperson for OSHA’s California office, Zapata was working in a 12-foot-deep ditch when it caved in. Rescuers were unable to even retrieve his…
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