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Pennsylvania Crash Covers SUV in Wet Cement

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:03

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania  - No one was injured in a crash on Route 33 near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Monday morning but it did present first responders with a unique scene.

A cement mixer and a SUV collided on the roadway resulting in the SUV being coated with wet cement, as reported by NBC Philadelphia.

The Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company shared photos of the incident on their Facebook page.

 

According to police it took crews approximately an hour to clean away the cement and remove the vehicles.

 

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Snow Squall Leads to MCI Crash in Pennsylvania

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:35

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania (NBC Philadelphia) - A 27-vehicle crash involving trucks and cars during a whiteout from a snow squall injured 24 people and snarled traffic on a busy eastern Pennsylvania highway Wednesday afternoon.

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The crash blocked all lanes of U.S. Route 222 southbound in Wyomissing, Berks County, between the U.S. Route 422 westbound and Lebanon/Penn Ave-West Exit and Pennsylvania Route 724 - Sinking Spring/Shillington Exit around 1:25 p.m.

A Level 2 Mass Casualty Incident was declared meaning up to 25 people may have been hurt, Berks County dispatchers said.

 

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Snow Squall Leads to MCI Crash in Pennsylvania

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:35

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania (NBC Philadelphia) - A 27-vehicle crash involving trucks and cars during a whiteout from a snow squall injured 24 people and snarled traffic on a busy eastern Pennsylvania highway Wednesday afternoon.

EMS Today 2019: Vehicle Extrication for EMS

The crash blocked all lanes of U.S. Route 222 southbound in Wyomissing, Berks County, between the U.S. Route 422 westbound and Lebanon/Penn Ave-West Exit and Pennsylvania Route 724 - Sinking Spring/Shillington Exit around 1:25 p.m.

A Level 2 Mass Casualty Incident was declared meaning up to 25 people may have been hurt, Berks County dispatchers said.

 

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Midwest Cities Scramble to Keep Homeless from Dangerous Cold

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:44

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Winter's sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory Tuesday, prompting officials throughout the Midwest to take extraordinary measures to protect the homeless and other vulnerable people from the bitter cold, including turning some city buses into mobile warming shelters in Chicago.

Temperatures plunged as low as minus 26 (negative 32 degrees Celsius) in North Dakota with wind chills as low as minus 62 (negative 52 degrees Celsius) in Minnesota. It was nearly that cold in Wisconsin and Illinois. Governors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan declared emergencies as the worst of the cold threatened on Wednesday.

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The U.S. Postal Service said it will not deliver mail in parts of the Midwest Wednesday because of the cold.

The bitter cold is the result of a split in the polar vortex that allowed temperatures to plunge much further south in North America than normal.

The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday night called for temperatures in Chicago as low as minus 28 (negative 33 degrees Celsius), with wind chills to minus 50 (negative 46 degrees Celsius). Detroit's outlook was for Wednesday overnight lows around minus 15 (negative 26 degrees Celsius), with wind chills dropping to minus 40 (negative 40 degrees Celsius).

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Official Urge Vaccinations amid Northwest Measles Outbreak

JEMS - News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:32

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis.

The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1, with 11 more cases suspected. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized.

Health officials say the outbreak is a textbook example of why it's critical to vaccinate against measles, which was eradicated in the U.S. after the vaccine was introduced in 1963. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from New York to California and sickened hundreds.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young.

Misinformation is circulating on social media, said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation," he said. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism. That's nonsense."

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said.

People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

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Three Dead in Ohio Medical Helicopter Crash

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 13:50

CINCINNATI (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, authorities said.

Survival Flight medical transportation reported around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday losing communication with a helicopter flying from the Mount Carmel Hospital in Grove City to pick up a patient from a hospital in Pomeroy, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Authorities located wreckage nearly three hours later in rugged terrain near the community of Zaleski, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Columbus.

The helicopter broke apart in a remote area connected only by logging trails, said Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers. Other state and local authorities helped at the crash site in Vinton County.

All three crew members were from Ohio: pilot Jennifer Topper, 34, of Sunbury and flight nurses Bradley Haynes, 48, of London and Rachel Cunningham, 33, of Galloway.

"This is heartbreaking, especially when you have fellow first responders who are flying a mercy mission to help somebody else out," Sellers told reporters.

There had been no reports of anyone else injured in the crash, Sellers said.

The helicopter was a Bell 407, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will have investigators at the scene, he said.

Andrew Arthurs, a Survival Flight vice president, said in a statement he was "deeply saddened" to share the news of "a heartbreaking event."

Michael Wilkins, president of Mount Carmel East, said in statement: "Our prayers are with the families of the crew members and Survival Flight team as we grieve this devastating loss."

Additional:
3 dead after medical helicopter crashes in southeast Ohio, 10tv

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Three Dead, Five Injured as Truck Hits Pedestrians in Honolulu Intersection

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:10

HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck slammed into a crowded Honolulu intersection, killing two pedestrians and a bicyclist and injuring five people including himself.

Alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Kakaako neighborhood, according to authorities.

Lt. James Slayter tells the Star Advertiser that the truck had hit other cars several blocks away and then sped across three lanes of traffic in an attempt to turn onto Kamakee Street.

He says the truck drove over an island and knocked over a light pole where the pedestrians and bicyclist were waiting. He also plowed into another pickup truck.

The two truck drivers were hospitalized in serious condition. Two pedestrians were in critical condition, while one was in good condition.

 

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Rescuers Probe Mud from Brazil Dam Breach

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:54

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian firefighters and Israeli rescue workers poked sticks into treacherous mud Monday looking for bodies as pressure mounted on the mining company responsible for a dam that burst and spilled a flood of iron ore waste.

By late in the day, the death toll rose to 65, with 279 people still missing, said Lt. Col. Flavio Godinho of the civil defense department in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

In a sign of the risks posed by the deep mud, Col. Alexandre Ferreira, a doctor with the military police of Minas Gerais, advised rescue crews, volunteers and journalists to take antibiotics to prevent cholera, the bacterial infection leptospirosis and other diseases.

Officials said the death toll was expected to grow "exponentially," since no had been rescued alive since Saturday.

Search efforts were extremely slow because of the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine tailings dam breached Friday afternoon. The mud was up 24 feet (8 meters) deep in some places, forcing searchers to carefully walk around the edges of the muck or slowly crawl onto it so they would not sink and drown.

Teams focused their searches Monday morning in areas where a bus was immersed and where many workers were eating lunch at the mine cafeteria when the dam ruptured.

The mine's owner, Vale SA, is the world's largest producer of iron ore, the raw ingredient for making steel. The Brazilian company's American depository shares plunged 18 percent Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.

At the scene of the disaster, helicopters looking for bodies took off and landed nonstop. On the ground, dozens of rescuers with tracking dogs were searching for bodies through the mountains of mud. An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least 10 helicopters each carrying one body.

More than 100 Israelis equipped with specialized rescue technology joined the 200 Brazilian firefighters in the search.

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Rescuers Probe Mud from Brazil Dam Breach

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:54

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian firefighters and Israeli rescue workers poked sticks into treacherous mud Monday looking for bodies as pressure mounted on the mining company responsible for a dam that burst and spilled a flood of iron ore waste.

By late in the day, the death toll rose to 65, with 279 people still missing, said Lt. Col. Flavio Godinho of the civil defense department in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

In a sign of the risks posed by the deep mud, Col. Alexandre Ferreira, a doctor with the military police of Minas Gerais, advised rescue crews, volunteers and journalists to take antibiotics to prevent cholera, the bacterial infection leptospirosis and other diseases.

Officials said the death toll was expected to grow "exponentially," since no had been rescued alive since Saturday.

Search efforts were extremely slow because of the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine tailings dam breached Friday afternoon. The mud was up 24 feet (8 meters) deep in some places, forcing searchers to carefully walk around the edges of the muck or slowly crawl onto it so they would not sink and drown.

Teams focused their searches Monday morning in areas where a bus was immersed and where many workers were eating lunch at the mine cafeteria when the dam ruptured.

The mine's owner, Vale SA, is the world's largest producer of iron ore, the raw ingredient for making steel. The Brazilian company's American depository shares plunged 18 percent Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.

At the scene of the disaster, helicopters looking for bodies took off and landed nonstop. On the ground, dozens of rescuers with tracking dogs were searching for bodies through the mountains of mud. An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least 10 helicopters each carrying one body.

More than 100 Israelis equipped with specialized rescue technology joined the 200 Brazilian firefighters in the search.

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Over 170 Injured as Tornado Hits Cuba

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:36

HAVANA (AP) — Neighborhood brigades and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes Monday as the Cuban capital attempted to recover from what officials called the strongest tornado to hit Cuba in nearly 80 years.

Three people were dead and hundreds injured, at least 12 in critical condition, after the tornado touched down with estimated winds of 200 mph (320 kph) in three neighborhoods across eastern Havana.

Members of the Provincial Defense Council of Havana said 90 homes collapsed completely and 30 suffered partial collapse.

A quarter of the city's roughly 2 million people were without power Monday afternoon and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service. Some 100 underground cisterns close to the coastal section of Havana were contaminated by seawater.

Three electric substations were knocked out by the tornado, the strongest to hit Cuba since Dec. 26, 1940, when a Category F4 tornado hit the town of Bejucal, in what is now Mayabeque province, officials said. It also appeared to be the first tornado to hit the capital in at least as many years.

Residents of the three relatively poor boroughs hit by the tornado were bracing for further calamity once the tropical sun started to dry sodden buildings, which can often lead to structures shifting and collapsing.

Julio Menendez, a 33-year-old restaurant worker, said his neighborhood in Havana's 10 de Octubre district looked "like a horror movie."

"From one moment to the next, we heard a noise like an airplane falling out of the sky. The first thing I did was go hug my daughters," who are 9 and 12, he told The Associated Press.

Driver Oster Rodriguez said that amid a fierce storm, what looked like a thick, swirling cloud touched down in the central plaza of the Reparto Modelo neighborhood "like a fireball." He saw a bus blown over, though he said the driver escaped unharmed.

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Over 170 Injured as Tornado Hits Cuba

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:36

HAVANA (AP) — Neighborhood brigades and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes Monday as the Cuban capital attempted to recover from what officials called the strongest tornado to hit Cuba in nearly 80 years.

Three people were dead and hundreds injured, at least 12 in critical condition, after the tornado touched down with estimated winds of 200 mph (320 kph) in three neighborhoods across eastern Havana.

Members of the Provincial Defense Council of Havana said 90 homes collapsed completely and 30 suffered partial collapse.

A quarter of the city's roughly 2 million people were without power Monday afternoon and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service. Some 100 underground cisterns close to the coastal section of Havana were contaminated by seawater.

Three electric substations were knocked out by the tornado, the strongest to hit Cuba since Dec. 26, 1940, when a Category F4 tornado hit the town of Bejucal, in what is now Mayabeque province, officials said. It also appeared to be the first tornado to hit the capital in at least as many years.

Residents of the three relatively poor boroughs hit by the tornado were bracing for further calamity once the tropical sun started to dry sodden buildings, which can often lead to structures shifting and collapsing.

Julio Menendez, a 33-year-old restaurant worker, said his neighborhood in Havana's 10 de Octubre district looked "like a horror movie."

"From one moment to the next, we heard a noise like an airplane falling out of the sky. The first thing I did was go hug my daughters," who are 9 and 12, he told The Associated Press.

Driver Oster Rodriguez said that amid a fierce storm, what looked like a thick, swirling cloud touched down in the central plaza of the Reparto Modelo neighborhood "like a fireball." He saw a bus blown over, though he said the driver escaped unharmed.

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Five Houston Officers Shot, Injured While Serving Warrant

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:40

HOUSTON (Houston Chronicle) - Veteran narcotics officers broke down the door of a suspected drug den in southeast Houston Monday afternoon, armed with a warrant and hoping to arrest heroin dealers operating out of the Pecan Park home.

They were met by a hail of gunfire, instead, as one of the suspects inside unleashed a barrage of bullets that wounded four officers, two critically.

"This is never one of the calls you want to get as a chief," Police Chief Art Acevedo said outside Memorial Hermann Hospital hours later, while flanked by top police brass, Mayor Sylvester Turner and a host of other city officials.

Two suspected drug dealers were killed in the incident by return fire from officers, Acevedo said, explaining a tip from a concerned neighbor led to the raid. The two killed by police were not identified.

A fifth officer injured his knee in the operation.

Late Monday, two of the officers remained in critical condition but stable while undergoing surgery. One is the 54-year-old case agent leading the investigation, the police chief said. Two others were in good condition, while the last officer — shot in the shoulder — had already been released from the hospital.

The chaos on the tree-lined Harding Street began about 5 p.m., Acevedo said, when a dozen narcotics officers backed by a squad of uniformed patrol officers descended on the Pecan Park home to serve the search warrant. Narcotics officers had developed a case against the dealers— suspected of selling black tar heroin after making several undercover buys, according to law enforcement sources.

As officers rammed through the door to serve the warrant, their colleagues in marked patrol cars sounded their sirens and turned on their lights. They were immediately shot at by at least one gunman inside, the chief said, detailing the firefight.

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Video: Extrication at San Diego Wrong-Way Crash

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:01

911 VIDEO NEWS - INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 1-13-19 4:07 pm LOCATION: SB I-5 near the 10th St exit CITY: San Diego 

DETAILS: The male driver of the dark-colored sedan entered the freeway from 10th St. going northbound in the southbound lanes. He crossed against oncoming lanes and made it to the fast lane where he collided with the driver of the white van. The driver of the sedan died on impact.

The other driver was extricated within 15 minutes unconcious. That driver was transported with life-threatening conditions. 

The CHP is investigating.

 

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15 Dead in Collapse at Peruvian Hotel

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:32

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A hotel wall collapsed during a wedding celebration in Peru, killing at least 15 people on Sunday, authorities said.

National civil defense chief Jorge Chavez said dozens of people who had been dancing were caught under the collapsing wall and a roof early Sunday at the Alhambra hotel in the Andean city of Abancay in southern Peru. He told RPP radio that at least 30 people had been pulled from the debris with injuries and were being treated at a nearby hospital.

The local civil defense head, Rusby Zela, said the city had been battered by five days of rains, and she said that led to the collapse.

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15 Dead in Collapse at Peruvian Hotel

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:32

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A hotel wall collapsed during a wedding celebration in Peru, killing at least 15 people on Sunday, authorities said.

National civil defense chief Jorge Chavez said dozens of people who had been dancing were caught under the collapsing wall and a roof early Sunday at the Alhambra hotel in the Andean city of Abancay in southern Peru. He told RPP radio that at least 30 people had been pulled from the debris with injuries and were being treated at a nearby hospital.

The local civil defense head, Rusby Zela, said the city had been battered by five days of rains, and she said that led to the collapse.

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Nine Injured in Apartment Explosion in Netherlands

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:10

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch emergency workers rescued three people from the rubble of a low-rise apartment building in the Hague after a gas explosion Sunday and searched for one more person believed to be trapped.

The Hague Fire Brigade said in a tweet that nine people in total were injured by the explosion that blew the facade off part of the three-story building in a residential neighborhood. Seven were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The explosion scattered broken glass more than a block away and left a white van and a car badly damaged.

As darkness fell, fire engine lights shined on exposed rooms where a sofa, table and chairs still could be seen on the third floor.

Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid the search. Rescue teams worked carefully because the building's extensive structural damage meant more sections might collapse.

Fire Brigade spokesman John Kardol said it remained unclear what caused the gas explosion.

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Nine Injured in Apartment Explosion in Netherlands

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:10

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch emergency workers rescued three people from the rubble of a low-rise apartment building in the Hague after a gas explosion Sunday and searched for one more person believed to be trapped.

The Hague Fire Brigade said in a tweet that nine people in total were injured by the explosion that blew the facade off part of the three-story building in a residential neighborhood. Seven were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The explosion scattered broken glass more than a block away and left a white van and a car badly damaged.

As darkness fell, fire engine lights shined on exposed rooms where a sofa, table and chairs still could be seen on the third floor.

Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid the search. Rescue teams worked carefully because the building's extensive structural damage meant more sections might collapse.

Fire Brigade spokesman John Kardol said it remained unclear what caused the gas explosion.

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Virginia Firefighter Opposes Concealed Weapon Bill

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:03

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Firefighters and EMS personnel may soon be able to carry a concealed weapon while on the job thanks to legislation passed by Virginia’s Senate Tuesday.

State Sen. Amanda Chase (R - Chesterfield) filed SB 1012 that would allow first responders to carry a concealed firearm “provided that such firefighter or person employed as emergency medical services personnel has been approved to carry a concealed handgun by his fire chief or emergency medical services chief.”

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Crewe Fire Department Firefighter and Squad Training Officer James Tharpe said -personally speaking and not on behalf of any organizations - he believed the bill would only increase the danger during a stressful call.

"You’re leaning over the patient trying to strap them in. They look up and see your hand gun, they have an episode and you're disarmed by the patient," Tharpe explained. "There’s just 10,000 things that can go wrong with this."

 

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Taking Tune from “The Office,” Man helps Save Woman’s Life

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:47

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A classic scene from a decade-old episode of "The Office" helped an Arizona mechanic save an unconscious woman's life.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that 21-year-old Cross Scott found a woman locked in her car this month and broke in, finding she wasn't breathing.

He doesn't have any emergency training but thought of the show where Steve Carell's character does CPR to the tune of the Bee Gees' song "Stayin' Alive." The song has the correct tempo for chest compressions.

 

Within a minute, the woman was breathing, and she was taken to a hospital and later released.

Scott, who shares the last name of Carell's character Michael Scott, had help from two women who also stopped when they saw the car and called 911.

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