Forty-eight people had to evacuate a charter bus that erupted into flames and temporarily shut down southbound traffic on Interstate 85 near Buford on Friday afternoon. Gwinnett fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the bus was one of three that were traveling south together on the interstate. He added that firefighters responded to the blaze on I-85 south near the Gravel Springs overpass at 5:36 p.m. “Crews arrived to find flames showing from the bus¸” Rutledge said in a statement. “Firefighters were able to quickly deploy attack hose lines to extinguish the fire. All southbound lanes of the interstate were initially closed as firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.

Two horse owners sued Archer Daniels Midland Co this week¸ accusing the U.S. grain processor and trader of distributing contaminated feed that sickened or killed several of their horses¸ according to court documents seen by Reuters. The lawsuit¸ filed in U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois on Tuesday¸ alleges that horse feed produced by ADM Alliance Nutrition Inc was contaminated with monensin¸ a feed additive that is poisonous to horses. Plaintiffs have sought class-action status for their suit. ADM said it has been providing safe feed and feed ingredients for more than 100 years and the claims were without merit.

Imagine this scenario: You are a claims professional who arrives at a building to evaluate whether or not there is hail damage to a metal roof. After gaining access to the roof¸ you observe a few shallow dimples in some of the roofing panels when the lighting is just right. No leaks have been reported¸ and the roof is otherwise unaffected. You recall something once mentioned in a continuing education class about roof damage equating to a loss of service life or water shedding capability. Is this the standard to follow? What does the policy in force say? In other words¸ how do you determine the existence of damage to a metal roof?

Fortune recently unveiled its list of the 30 best workplaces in the finance and insurance industries¸ revealing that a fair number of the nation’s top insurers made it to the list. The list was constructed based on data from a poll Fortune’s Great Places to Work recognition program conducted¸ surveying 41¸000 employees in the financial services and insurance industry.
“Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace¸ which include management’s honesty and ethics¸ camaraderie among employees¸ and fair and respectful treatment and clear expectations from management¸” the business magazine comapny stated¸ describing its methodology for the survey.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a US$177 million settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall¸ Mich.¸ and Romeoville¸ Ill. The Canadian oil company has agreed to spend at least US$110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2¸000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region¸ the DOJ said in a press release on Wednesday.

A semitrailer hauling beer crashed at Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 in Denver on Wednesday night. The truck crashed on the eastbound I-70 ramp to northbound I-25. Interstate 25 reopened but I-70 remained closed until just before 2 a.m. Thursday as crews worked to remove the truck from the ramp above. Miller Genuine Draft beer was piled up in the express lanes in the center of I-25. The truck was on its side with its roof ripped open on the on ramp above the highway. The Denver Police Department said there were no injuries in the accident¸ which happened about 6 p.m.

Over the past two years¸ General Motors has recalled millions of vehicles over airbag issues¸ many related to Takata safety devices deploying too forcefully. Now¸ the company is recalling nearly 290¸000 Chevrolet sedans for a different reason: the airbags might not deploy in a crash. General Motors says it will recall 289¸254 model year 2009 to 2010 Chevy Impala sedans that have airbags that may not recognize when their passenger seats are occupied. According to a notice [PDF] posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration¸ the passenger presence sensory system of the affected cars “may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied¸ disabling the air bag.”

A strange series of events unfolded at a Chicago furniture store¸ starting with an accident involving an SUV¸ and ending with a smash-and-grab heist hours later. Furniture N More manager Naser Ali said thieves tried in vain to pry their way into the back of the store early Tuesday morning. “They were trying to take [off] the frame of the door¸ so they can get in through here¸ but they were not successful¸” he said. According to Ali¸ the thieves tried to get inside for more than 90 minutes before they stole three security cameras on the back roof.

An off-duty police officer and others helped save a woman’s life¸ pulling her from a burning car moments before it exploded. Take a look at the huge flames. They erupted just after Seattle police officer John Smith pulled a woman from the wreckage of the crash. He was headed home on I-90 near Snoqualmie¸ when a four-car crash happened right in front of him. He said he knew someone was hurt when he saw the tail end of the pickup fly up in the air. "Dust was flying immediately¸ saw flames¸ so I pulled over¸ just luckily happened to be right there. Went up to open the door. The door would not open.

Utah authorities are investigating whether a brush fire that destroyed at least 10 mobile homes was intentionally set. The 30-acre fire in the northern Utah city of Tooele ripped through a trailer park overnight after high winds pushed it out of a field and into a neighborhood. Tooele fire and police officials said Wednesday that the blaze appeared suspicious and investigators were trying to determine if it was arson. The fire has been contained but has displaced several dozen people. Eight other homes and a handful of cars were damaged.