Driving Instructor Was Drunk Behind Wheel Before Crash 

A boozed-up driving instructor from Long Island was so reckless behind that wheel that his students got out of the car and hid in a McDonald’s before he rear-ended another driver and got arrested, police said.

“I’m happy to be alive,” one of the students, 16-year-old Matt McGeough told Newsday.

Suffolk Auto Driving School instructor Russell Cohen, 58, was driving McGeough and three other teens in Centereach on Saturday morning when the pupils suspected he was drunk, cops said.

Cohen made inappropriate comments to two of the teenage girls in the car and hit a curb during the lesson, the teens told Newsday.

They convinced him to pull into a McDonald’s on Middle Country Road and called 911 at about 11 a.m., authorities said.

“We jumped out as soon as possible,” student Lila Mabanta, told the Long Island newspaper.

Cohen realized the students weren’t coming out of the McDonald’s and drove away from the restaurant, police said.

He rear-ended a 29-year-old Honda driver about 45 minutes later on Montauk Trail in Ridge, cops said. The Honda driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Cohen was arrested on aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child charges, police said.

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Turkeys on roadway cause truck to swerve, crash off road

JAMAICA, Vt. — Officials say a pair of wild turkeys caused a tractor-trailer to swerve off a Vermont roadway and crash.

Vermont State Police say the 47-year-old driver damaged his tractor-trailer and a length of guardrail on Friday in Jamaica when he swerved to avoid the two turkeys that had entered the road. The Brattleboro Reformer reports in his attempt to evade the turkeys, the driver went off the road and crashed into a guardrail.

The Hinsdale, New Hampshire, man’s truck sustained moderate damage to the front of the vehicle.

State police say the driver was uninjured, but received a citation for driving with a suspended license.

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Dozens of students hospitalized after 2 school buses crash

More than two dozen students and adult chaperones have been taken to Houston-area hospitals following a traffic collision involving two school buses carrying fifth-graders.

The Navasota Independent School District says in a statement that three buses were carrying about 95 students and staff Wednesday to a Houston museum from an elementary school in Navasota, northwest of Houston.

A dump truck rear-ended one of the buses, pushing it into the back of a second bus.

Officials say 25 students and five adults were taken to hospitals with injuries described as minor.

Another bus was dispatched to return the rest of the group to Navasota.

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Teen crashes through building during driver’s test

BUFFALO, Minn. — Police say a Minnesota teen taking her driving test crashed into a building.

Police in Buffalo, Minn., say the teen inadvertently shifted into drive instead of reverse and crashed through a brick wall and plate glass window at the start of the driving exam Wednesday.

Police Chief Pat Budke said the Chevrolet Equinox lurched forward, over the curb and right into the exam building, which is located in a strip mall. Buffalo is about 33 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

The passenger in the vehicle, a 60-year-old license examiner, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 17-year-old driver and those inside the building were not injured.

Damage to the building is described as significant. 

Budke said no charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

 

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Ambulance crash kills patient, injures driver and attendant

VERMILION, Ohio — Authorities say an out-of-control ambulance has run off a road and crashed in Ohio, killing a patient and injuring the driver and an emergency medical service attendant.

The State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred Thursday afternoon just outside Vermilion, about 45 miles west of Cleveland.

Patrol Lt. Brett Gockstetter says the driver may have suffered a medical emergency before losing control of the North Central EMS vehicle.

Gockstetter says the patient’s wife was following the ambulance and saw the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Authorities say the driver’s injuries aren’t life-threatening but the attendant was seriously injured.

North Central EMS says it’s cooperating with authorities in an investigation of what happened.

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‘I f—king killed my sister’: Teen livestreams fatal car crash

A California teen livestreamed a deadly car crash on Instagram and then filmed her mortally wounded sister in the aftermath.

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was filming herself Friday while allegedly driving under the influence on a California highway with two 14-year-old girls in the back seat,according to KSFN-TV.

The camera suddenly shakes frantically as the girls scream. When the film begins again, a bloody scene unfolds.

“Jacqueline, please wake up,” Obdulia says while trying to shake 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez.

“I f—king killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life. I understand that. I don’t f—king care, though. I’m sorry, baby. I’m gonna hold it down.”

The California Highway Patrol said Obdulia was under the influence when the car rolled over into a barbed-wire fence before coming to rest in a field.

Jacqueline was sitting in the back of the car without a seat belt and was killed when she was ejected from the vehicle.

Obdulia was being held in the county jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence.

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