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Over 20 Mississippi Students Hospitalized in Bus Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:48

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized.

One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive said 20 others who were hospitalized had bruises and abrasions.

The bus was carrying 40 students and three football coaches back to Greenwood from a football camp in Starkville, Greenwood school district spokeswoman Margaret Dean said, adding that head football coach Clinton Gatewood was driving.

An initial investigation shows Gatewood lost control of the bus and that it ran off the right edge of the pavement, Shive said. Gatewood overcorrected and crossed over the left edge of the road, Shive said, with the bus then flipping onto its side as Gatewood tried to swerve back to the right.

Gatewood spoke briefly to the newspaper before he hung up, saying, "I want to be with my kids now."

Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ken Strachan said no other vehicles were involved in the crash on U.S. 82 between Winona and Carrollton, on the edge of Mississippi's Delta region.

Shive says state troopers and Carroll County sheriff's deputies had difficulty accounting for students and coaches as parents arrived in their own vehicles and took groups of students from the scene.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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Gunman Opens Fire Outside Federal Courthouse in Dallas

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:11

DALLAS (AP) — A masked 22-year-old man was killed in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers outside a federal courthouse in downtown Dallas Monday morning, an FBI official said.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said late Monday morning that Brian Isaack Clyde was pronounced dead at a hospital following the shooting outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building. A large law enforcement presence was visible downtown late Monday morning, with police closing off several blocks around the federal building.

"At this time we have no information indicating that there are other shooters, other threats to the community. We are working on one vehicle, we will have that cleared shortly," DeSarno said.

Following the shooting, a bomb squad examined a vehicle associated with the man as a precaution and performed controlled explosions. Two loud blasts from that could be heard downtown Monday morning.

The Dallas Morning News reports that one of its photographers, Tom Fox, was outside the building and witnessed a gunman opening fire. A photograph shows authorities tending to a shirtless man lying on the ground in a parking lot outside the building.


An armed shooter stands near the Earle Cabell Federal Building Monday, June 17, 2019, in downtown Dallas. The shooter was hit and injured in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers outside the courthouse. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)


Law enforcement officers attend to an injured shooter in a parking lot after he fired shots at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Fox said he was outside the building when a man in a mask parked at the corner of two downtown streets. He said the man ran and began shooting at the courthouse, cracking the glass of the door.

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Always Choose Kindness

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 07:33
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Rainy Day Refusals

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:59
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Inside EMS: How to determine if a patient has the mental capacity to decline care

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:02
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Pilot in Manhattan Helicopter Crash Radioed He Was Lost

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 06:09

NEW YORK (AP) — The pilot killed when his helicopter hit the roof of a New York City skyscraper in rain and fog radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to the heliport but couldn't find it, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The radio calls are the clearest evidence yet that foul weather might have played a role in Monday's crash.

The person wasn't authorized to discuss the radio calls publicly because of the ongoing federal safety investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Videos posted on social media soon after the crash showed a helicopter that investigators believe is the doomed chopper pausing and hovering south of the heliport, then turning and making an erratic flight back north through rain and clouds.

The pilot, 58-year-old Tim McCormack, was not authorized to fly in limited visibility, raising questions about why he took off in the first place.

McCormack was only licensed to fly under regulations known as visual flight rules, which require generally good weather and clear conditions, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The rules demand at least 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of visibility and that aircraft steer clear of clouds for daytime flights. The visibility at the time of Monday's crash was about 1¼ miles (2 kilometers) at nearby Central Park, with low clouds blanketing the skyline.

The crash in the tightly controlled airspace of midtown Manhattan shook the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building, obliterated the Agusta A109E helicopter, sparked a fire and forced office workers to flee.

It briefly triggered memories of 9/11 and fears of a terrorist attack, but authorities said there is no indication the crash was deliberate.

The crash, the second in Manhattan in a month, also led to renewed calls for restricting helicopter flights over the city.

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Pilot Identified in Manhattan Helicopter Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:35

NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed on the roof of a rain-shrouded midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11, after an erratic trip across some of the nation's most restricted airspace. Authorities said they did not suspect terrorism.

The crash near Times Square and Trump Tower shook the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building, sparked a fire, and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs, witnesses and officials said.

The pilot was the only person aboard, and there were no other reports of injuries, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, or why the Agusta A109E was flying in a driving downpour with low cloud cover and in the tightly controlled airspace of midtown Manhattan. A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet (914 meters) within a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) radius of Trump Tower, which is less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from the crash site.


This photo released by the New York City Fire Department shows damage caused by a helicopter crash, south of Central Park in New York on Monday, June 10, 2019. The crash that killed the pilot and occurred near Times Square and Trump Tower shook the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building sparked a fire and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs, witnesses and officials said. (FDNY via AP)

"There's something mysterious here," Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN, saying officials were scrutinizing video of a "very erratic" flight and authorities needed to find out more about the pilot at the time he decided to take off.

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Helicopter Crashes onto Roof of Manhattan High-Rise

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 14:16

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Fire Department says the pilot of a helicopter that crashed on a Manhattan skyscraper rooftop has died.

The Fire Department says the helicopter crash landed on the top of the tower, which isn't far from Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

 

#FDNY confirms a helicopter has crash-landed onto the roof of 787 7th Ave in Manhattan. The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality reported.

— FDNY (@FDNY) June 10, 2019

 

It does not appear anyone else was on board when the crash occurred at around 2 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that a fire began when the aircraft hit, but it is under control. Cuomo said it shook the building. He said there are no reports of injuries of people in the tower.

It was not immediately known what type of helicopter was involved.

Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles in the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper. 

 

 

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One Dead, Five Injured When Construction Crane Collapses on Dallas Apartment Building

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:38

DALLAS (AP) — A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm toppled on a Dallas apartment building Sunday, killing one woman in the building and injuring five other people, two of them critically, a fire official said.

Crews searching the Elan City Lights building found the body of a woman inside after the crane collapsed and ripped a large gash into the side of the five-story structure, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said during a press briefing.

"The building itself has suffered multiple collapses in different areas of the building to include residential spaces and the parking garage," Evans said.

Photos: Dallas Crane Collapse

Of those injured, two were listed in critical condition, two suffered serious injuries and one suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from a hospital, Evans said. Earlier, he had said that six people were injured but said the figure would likely change.

First responders searched every apartment they could reach and found no other victims, Evans said. He also said that every resident of an apartment damaged by the crane was either out at the time or was among those taken to hospitals.

Crews were called to the site of the collapse just before 2 p.m., after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas/Fort Worth area and warned of winds up to 70 mph (113 kph). Evans said the reason the crane fell is unknown but there is a "strong possibility" that the winds "played some role in the collapse."

Across Dallas the storm felled mature trees and knocked out power Sunday, leaving many areas without working traffic lights.

Isaiah Allen told the Dallas Morning News he was in his apartment when he heard what he thought was a deafening thunderclap. "I saw that the crane had actually fell straight through the building and had destroyed a good eight to 10 apartments and so there's like floors and stuff falling through," he said.

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Six Dead, 11 Injured in Highway Pileup in Poland

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:04

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that a collision involving six cars and a truck on a highway in western Poland killed six people and injured 11 others.

The accident happened early Sunday afternoon on a highway near the city of Szczecin, which is close to the border with Germany.

Private television station TVN24 broadcast images showing fire and heavy plumes of black smoke rising from the accident site.

Local fire brigade spokesman Tomasz Kubiak told TVN24 that firefighters found the six victims after extinguishing the fire.

Paulina Targaszewska, an emergency services spokeswoman, said four of the injured had been transported to hospitals. One was a woman with chest, head and spine injuries who was evacuated by helicopter.

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Danube River Tour Boat Death Toll Rises to 20

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:54

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say the body of another South Korean tourist has been recovered following the May 29 accident in which a sightseeing boat sank in seconds after colliding with a cruise ship on the Danube River, raising the confirmed death toll to 20.

Police said Sunday that they are still searching for seven other South Koreans and the sunken tour boat's captain.

Police said the body of the South Korean woman was found at the town of Szazhalombatta, about 29 kilometers (18 miles) downstream from the scene of the collision in Budapest, near the Hungarian Parliament building.

Only seven people, all South Koreans, were rescued.

A huge floating crane is in place at Margit Bridge as preparations continue to lift the boat off the river floor.

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10 Injured in Boston Subway Derailment

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 04:38

BOSTON (AP) — A subway car has derailed in Boston, sending nine people to the hospital.

Local emergency officials said none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. Saturday when a Green Line subway car derailed inside a tunnel near Kenmore Square.

A 10th individual was reported injured but declined treatment. Among the injured was the train's operator. About 50 firefighters responded to the scene.

Emergency workers said they were told by witnesses that everything went dark and they were thrown around the car.

The cause is under investigation.

The derailment caused major delays on the public transit system.

The accident came as Boston was gearing up for its annual Pride Parade and a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

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25 Injured in Apartment Explosion in Sweden

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:59

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A powerful explosion ripped through two adjacent apartment buildings in a southern Swedish city on Friday, slightly injuring 25 people, officials said. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known.

"So far, it is unclear what exploded and what the location for the blast was," police spokesman Bjorn Oberg told a news conference, adding forensic teams were still at work.

Police had no suspect and no one has been arrested.


A view of damaged balconies and windows at a block of flats that were hit by an explosion, in Linkoping, Sweden, Friday, June 7, 2019. A blast ripped through two adjacent apartment buildings in a southern Sweden city on Friday, police said. There were unconfirmed reports of people with minor injuries. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency via AP)

Kim Berg, a spokesman for the region's hospitals, said two people remain hospitalized in stable condition. Victims mainly suffered cuts from splintered and flying glass or were treated for shock.

The explosion blew out dozens of windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Stockholm. One of the buildings has five stories, while the other has four.

A total of 109 apartments had their windows and balconies damaged, said Johan Edwardsson of the Linkoping municipality, adding "many won't be able to move home tonight."

Police said a bomb squad had been deployed to the area as a precaution after the blast, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. The area was sealed off by police.

"As for now, we don't have any information to believe this is terror-related," Oberg said, adding there were not aware of any threat.


Rescue personnel outside a block of flats that were hit by an explosion, in Linkoping, Sweden, Friday, June 7, 2019. A blast ripped through two adjacent apartment buildings in a southern Sweden city on Friday, police said. There were unconfirmed reports of people with minor injuries. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency via AP)

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But Is It?

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:43
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Inside EMS: Implementing mental health support into your agency's culture

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:47
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West Point Cadet Killed, 22 Injured in Vehicle Rollover

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 09:35

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — West Point officials say one cadet was killed and 22 people were injured when a vehicle they were riding in for summer training overturned.

The U.S. Military Academy says the vehicle overturned on a dirt road at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Twenty cadets and two soldiers on the light medium tactical vehicle were injured.

Lieutenant Col. Christopher Ophardt could not provide the severity of the injuries or the name of cadet who died.

The accident occurred near Camp Natural Bridge, an area where cadet summer training takes place.

Ophardt says the investigation of the cause of the single-vehicle accident was continuing.

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Death Toll Rises to 15 In Danube Tour Boat Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 05:03

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say two more bodies have been recovered from the Danube River tour boat crash, raising the death toll to 15, with 13 of the 33 South Koreans on board and the two Hungarian crew members still missing.

Seven South Korean tourists were rescued after the May 29 collision between the Hableany (Mermaid) sightseeing boat and the Viking Sigyn river cruise ship.

A huge floating crane may be able to lift the Hableany out of the water in the coming days.

However, the Adam Clark, named after the Scottish engineer who oversaw construction of Budapest's Chain Bridge completed in 1849, was docked Thursday in north Budapest, as the Danube's high water level is not allowing it to reach the site of the wreckage, near the Hungarian Parliament building.


A victim's body is lifted by the rescue workers on the Danube river where a sightseeing boat capsized in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Divers and rescue crews slowly are recovering the bodies of a growing number of people killed when a sightseeing boat and a long river cruise ship collided in Hungary's capital. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)


A rescue crew works on the Danube river where a sightseeing boat capsized in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Divers and rescue crews slowly are recovering the bodies of a growing number of people killed when a sightseeing boat and a long river cruise ship collided in Hungary's capital. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)


A boat taking part in the rescue operations is anchored under Margaret Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists was crashed by a large river cruise ship and sank in the River Danube at a pier of Margaret Bridge on May 29, killing at least seven tourists. Seven other tourists were injured, 21 persons, including the two crew members, went missing. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

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12 New Mexico Firefighters Hurt, Two Critically While Boxing Fireworks

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 04:24

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A dozen firefighters were injured in an explosion at a fireworks storage area in eastern New Mexico.

State police and officials with the city of Roswell say the blast happened around noon Wednesday at the Roswell International Air Center as firefighters were boxing fireworks for an upcoming Fourth of July show.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says two firefighters were hospitalized, with one in critical condition and the other stable. The others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Authorities do not know what caused the blast.

Federal and local authorities are assisting state police in the investigation. The state fire marshal also was en route to the scene.

Images from the scene showed a black plume of smoke rising from the area. Crews continued to work hotspots Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

 

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Dozens of Utah Public Pool Swimmers Sickened by Chlorine Gas

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:53

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Chlorine gas has sickened dozens of swimmers at a Utah public pool in what police called a freak accident on Tuesday.

A pump malfunctioned and forced too much chlorine out of a jet at Pleasant Grove Veterans Memorial Pool about 36 miles (58 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Britt Smith said.

About 50 people, mostly children, were sickened and ambulances took more than 20 people to hospitals, Smith said. The chlorine caused people to cough, vomit and bleed from their noses, he said.

Martha Vickers said she grabbed her children and ran when the gas enveloped them.

"I just turned around and saw some bubbling from the pool — some yellow bubbling — and I knew it wasn't good," Vickers told KSL-TV .

Vickers saw people coughing and gagging as they left the pool. Her 2-year-old nephew was among those being treated, she said.

Patients who inhaled the gas could have chronic respiratory issues, said Nathan Miller, an emergency room doctor at the American Fork Hospital where some of the patients were taken.

"The more serious patients have some wheezing and then even more serious that their oxygen numbers drop and they require oxygen, then require breathing treatments," Miller said. "Essentially, it would be like a severe asthma attack where they could potentially suffocate."

Doctors at an Orem hospital treated 15 children and one adult, with three admitted to its pediatric intensive care unit, Timpanogos Regional Hospital officials said.

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