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Exploding E-cig Causes Semi-Truck Crash
E-cigs, vapes, electronic cigarettes or whatever else you call them, are all flying off the shelves. These smoke-free cigarette alternatives came on the market a few years ago and sales have continued to skyrocket month after month.
Controversy about the long-term effects of e-cigs has been swirling around, but so far the controversy has had little to no effect on sales with roughly 9 million Americans using e-cigs every day.
One of those 9 million Americans is Christian Starasinch, a truck driver from Orlando, Florida. Starasinch was driving through Indiana on I-65 when his e-cig exploded without any warning. The sudden burst caused Starasinch to lose control of his semi-truck and crash into the guardrail.
Luckily there were no other drivers in the area so Starasinch was the only injured person. His injuries were mainly from the explosion of the e-cig not from the crash. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries to his face.
This is not the first documented case of an exploding e-cig, but these cases are rare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims it has documented at least 25 e-cig explosions between 2009 and 2014. As a result of these 25 incidents nine people were injured, two of whom suffered serious burns.
A handful of lawsuits have been filed against e-cig manufacturers and dealers, but it is unclear whether these suits will be heard in court or even taken seriously by manufacturers at all.
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