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Gunman Opens Fire in Illinois Industrial Park

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:42

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — At least one person was killed and four police officers were wounded when a shooter opened fire at an industrial park in Aurora, Illinois, officials said Friday.

Kane County Coroner Chris Nelson confirmed one person was killed. City spokesman Clayton Muhammad said four officers were wounded and in stable condition, but did not say if they were shot.

Muhammad also told ABC7 that the suspect had been "neutralized." He did not elaborate.

The Kane County coroner was at the scene.

Live TV reports showed dozens of first responder vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

 

Several ATF teams responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency's Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also was responding.

John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company.

"What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it," Probst said.

He said the gunman had "a pistol with a laser."  Probst said he wasn't hurt but that another colleague was "bleeding pretty bad."  

The company makes valves for industrial purposes.

Police said the situation had been contained and that there was "no ongoing threat to the public," according to a statement issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Department on behalf of the Aurora Police Department.

The statement said the Aurora Police Department was expected to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. CST.

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Two Dead in California Mudslides, Flooding

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:56

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.

At least two people died as the powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind.

The system was moving across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado after walloping Northern California and southern Oregon a day earlier.

The National Weather Service reported staggering rainfall amounts across California, including more than 9.4 inches (24 centimeters) over 48 hours at one location in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

A woman pulled from rising water in a low-lying area between those mountains and LA had a heart attack and died at a hospital, said Capt. Ryan Rolston with the Corona Fire Department. The unidentified woman was one of nine people and three dogs rescued in a flood control channel where homeless people camp, Rolston said.

In Escondido, northeast of San Diego, firefighters pulled the body of a man from a concrete-lined waterway. Witnesses told authorities the man had been paddle-boarding in the surging waters.

North of San Francisco, a mudslide barreled over cars, uprooted trees and sent a home sliding down a hill and smashing into another house in Sausalito.

A woman was rescued from the splintered wreckage with only cuts and bruises. Susan Gordon was buried under a tree and mud for two hours while crews dug her out, her son wrote on an online fundraising page.

Chris Parkman said it's been years since a storm so powerful has hit the hillside community, where at least 50 properties were evacuated.

"We don't see the rain most of the year, so most of the year you feel safe. But when the big storms come, your safety factor is gone," he said.

A deluge southeast of Los Angeles washed away a section of a two-lane mountain highway. Photos by the state Department of Transportation showed about 75 feet (23 meters) of pavement completely collapsed along State Route 243 near the remote community of Idyllwild.

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Bus Crashes into Ravine in Macedonia Killing 14

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:21

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said.

Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and the rest died after being taken to a hospital. Six of those injured had life-threatening conditions.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev declared two days of national mourning.

The bus was carrying about 50 people when it veered off a highway linking Skopje with the western town of Tetovo and plunged 10 meters (30 feet) into a small ravine, landing upside down. The cause of the crash, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Skopje, wasn't yet known.

Firefighters and residents of a nearby village rushed to the scene of the crash to help pull survivors, including the driver, from the wreckage.

Witness Samet Musliu told private Telma TV that rescuers had to cut open the bus to reach the injured.

"There was a strong smell of gasoline and we were afraid the bus would explode," he said.

The bus had been carrying workers back from Skopje to the town of Gostivar, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the capital, where most of them lived, said Gostivar Mayor Arben Taravari.

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Parkland School Shooting Victims Remembered on One Year Anniversary

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:08

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career.

But Thursday's anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three staff members who died in the third high-profile mass shooting in Florida since 2016. An interfaith service will be held at a Parkland park, near the school, to remember the victims.

Many Stoneman Douglas students arrived on campus Thursday wearing headphones and the burgundy #MSDStrong T-shirts that have become an emblem of the tragedy.

Outside the school, angel stakes for each of the 17 victims bordered the school's landscaped sign. While absenteeism was expected to be high Thursday, freshman Matthew Sabia said he attended to show support and participate in activities.

"I want to show respect to what happened. The students who were here are probably sad and don't want to think too much about it. We don't really talk about it," he said.

Classes were almost over last Valentine's Day when authorities say a 19-year-old former student arrived on campus and began shooting. The rampage left 14 students and three school staffers dead.

Jogger Kara Cannizzaro stopped Thursday morning to pray at the memorial outside the school. She says "every single person of the community has been affected by this."

Students also will perform service projects and observe a moment of silence and a non-denominational, temporary temple will open in neighboring Coral Springs for people to pay their respects. The structure will later be burned in a purification ceremony. Security throughout the community and at schools will be high.

"We don't need (the anniversary) to remind us what happened. We live with it every day," said businessman Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow died in the attack. He met with President Donald Trump at the White House after the shooting and became an adviser to Gov. Ron DeSantis and his predecessor, Rick Scott. Other fathers like Fred Guttenberg and Manuel Oliver have become active in Democratic politics.

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Las Vegas Mass Shooting Hospital Response Case Study

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:03

United States Fire Administration - The Nevada Hospital Association released a case study on the medical response to the Las Vegas, Nevada, Harvest Festival shooting. The purpose of this case study is to provide hospitals and public health agencies points of discussion to further their emergency management and mass casualty planning.

A Day Like No Other: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting covers an incredible amount of detail on several topics, reviewing triage, staffing, safety and security, communications, surge plans, mortuary care, and mental health and wellness. Any hospital or EMS agency writing or reworking its mass casualty response plan should review this case study. These are a few take-aways from this case study:

  • Injured and deceased people were spread over four square miles around the venue, a very large area for EMS to manage.
  • The majority of injured (approximately 800) self-transported, using phone mapping apps to find the closest hospital. This should be a planning consideration for events and venues as well as hospitals.
  • Hospitals had no notice of the shooting before the injured started arriving.
  • The influx of families and friends — and the issues they created — were not planned for. A Family Assistance Center wasn’t established until the next day.
  • Infection control and contamination was a serious concern due to the amount of blood being spread everywhere. Environmental cleaning was continuous. Ensure you have enough staff and supplies to handle such an incident.
  • Hospitals interpreted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) differently, creating confusion. Review HIPAA policy with a mass casualty incident in mind.
  • One hospital used a military-type triage system that worked quite well; however, triage was problematic at best in most locations.

One added problem was that the festival used Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) armbands containing ticket and credit card information, and many attendees did not carry identification. This increased confusion as hospitals could not tell anyone, law enforcement or family members, who they were treating because they didn’t know.

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Fire Chief Calls for Incident Command Changes in Wake of Vegas Mass Shooting

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:45

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made.

Six months before the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that killed 58 and left hundreds injured, Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell testified before state legislators in favor of a bill that would have required more coordination of emergency medical resources ahead of such a large event.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Hospital Response Case Study

Investigators say gunman Stephen Paddock acted alone when he fired from a high-rise suite in the Mandalay Bay casino-resort into the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest festival. The FBI concluded Paddock sought notoriety in the attack but said it found no "single or clear motivating factor" to explain why he opened fire on the concert.

Cassell said Friday that had the legislation passed, the fire department would likely have had a fire incident commander on the scene before the shooting.

Having a fire incident commander at the event could have improved communication and made for a cleaner response plan, Cassell said. Months before the event, he told lawmakers the effort would avoid delays in ordering and directing emergency help.

The legislation he supported in 2017 passed the Assembly unanimously but failed to make it out of the Senate. It's unclear why the bill failed to pass, and Cassell said he never received a clear answer on why the bill did not cross the finish line. Generally, he said, changes at the statehouse can get bogged down by the number of people and interests involved.

This year, he is instead pushing for Clark County to make changes requiring events of a certain size to have fire personnel on scene and in unified command with police.

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Nine Injured after Truck Strikes Crowd on California Sidewalk

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:37

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time.

"It was a very chaotic scene," police Lt. Jon Radus said.

The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the victims were trapped under the truck.

"One of the girls was screaming, 'Help, help!'" bystander Sohrab Gill said. "I saw some blood coming out of her nose."

Injuries ranged from moderate to critical and the victims are between 18 and 49 years old, the Orange County Register reported.

Christopher Solis of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

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This story has been clarified to show police believe the suspect was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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Istanbul Building Collapse Death Toll Rises

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:35

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21.

Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.

Rescue workers remain at the site and it is unclear how many more people are missing. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses.

Thirteen people pulled from the rubble have been hospitalized and seven remain in intensive care. Chief Doctor Recep Demirhan says that two are in very serious condition, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

Officials have said the top two floors of the building were built illegally using low quality construction materials.

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Approximately 100 Injured in Barcelona Train Crash

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:48

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two passenger trains rammed head-on into each other on a track near Barcelona on Friday, killing one person and injuring about 100 others, most of them slightly, authorities said.

The commuter trains collided in the evening between the towns of Sant Vicenc de Castellet and Manresa, northwest of Barcelona, emergency services for the region of Catalonia said in a tweet. Three of the injured passengers were in serious condition. Around 100 others escaped injury, officials said.

One train was heading to Barcelona and the other was going to Manresa, in northeastern Spain, when they ran into each other on the same track.

Images broadcast on Catalan public broadcaster TV3 showed the torn metal where the two trains slammed into each other, along with passengers who had evacuated on the side of the tracks.

Antonio Carmona, spokesman for state train operator RENFE, said "the information we have is that there was a frontal collision."

A passenger reported the crash at 6:20 p.m. (1720 GMT), emergency services said.

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Fire at Brazilian Soccer Team Complex Kills 10

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:08

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil's biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said.

Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro's western region, a fire official told The Associated Press.

There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

"Flamengo is in mourning" the team posted on its Twitter account.

The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and 16 years old, the fire official said. The injured were taken to local hospitals and their conditions were not immediately known, said the official, who asked his name not be used due to his agency's rules.

Local media reported that the fire started in a dorm where youth soccer players sleep. The fire official said that could not be confirmed.

Messages to Flamengo officials were not immediately answered.

Aerial images from Globo TV showed firefighters walking through a charred area with smoke emerging.

Outside the complex, an Associated Press reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.

Family members, friends and neighbors were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

"I am very happy. I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive," said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames in the morning. "He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive."

Joao Pedro da Cruz, a 16-year-old player in the Flamengo youth league, told G1 news portal that he decided not to stay the night at the facility Thursday because the team wasn't going to train on Friday. Instead, he went to a friend's house.

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Teen Rescued from Building Collapse in Istanbul

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:04

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said.

The teenager was immediately hospitalized, Suleyman Soylu told reporters at the scene. There was no information on his condition.

His rescue raised the number of people who have been pulled out of the wreckage to 14. Eleven bodies were recovered.

JEMS: Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

The building, in Istanbul's mostly-residential Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, crashed down on Wednesday. The cause of the collapse was under investigation.

Friends and relatives waited near the wreckage for news of their missing loved ones as emergency teams, aided by sniffer dogs, worked around the clock to reach possible survivors.

Officials have not disclosed how many people are unaccounted for, and it is not clear if rescuers hope to find any more survivors.

The building had 14 apartments with 43 registered residents.

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Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:07

ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead.

The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was pulled from the debris about 18 hours after the building in the mostly residential Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city, collapsed. She was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher with her neck in a brace, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!"

Overnight, emergency services also rescued a 9-year old boy.

Photos: Istanbul Building Collapse

Authorities haven't disclosed how many people remain unaccounted for. The building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents.

Murat Kurum, the environment and urbanization minister, told reporters at the scene that some apartments had guests at the time of the collapse, without providing details.

Kurum said the emergency teams are still "receiving sounds" suggesting signs of life from the under the rubble.

Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said earlier that three of the injured were in serious condition.

"All our prayers, all our hearts are with them," Yerlikaya said in reference to people who may still be trapped. "We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts so that we can deliver good news (about survivors)."

The cause of the collapse was under investigation but officials said the top three floors had been illegally built.

Authorities evacuated seven surrounding buildings and one was under serious risk of collapse. The rescue operation was interrupted three times over fears that it might fall and harm rescuers, Yerlikaya said.

CCTV footage shows moment multi-storey building collapses in Istanbul, Global News

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At Least 10 Dead in Paris Fire

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:47

PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed at least 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof and clambering across balconies as flames rapidly engulfed their nine-story apartment building.

A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested on the street in the hours after the 1 a.m. blaze, as French police opened a criminal investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death.

Officials said the unnamed woman, who is in police custody, was drunk.

Multiple neighbors said they heard the suspect and her neighbor, an off-duty firefighter, arguing over the woman's music before the fire broke out, then heard the woman cry out: "So you're a firefighter? Here's a fire."

Police responding to the dispute between the neighbors, who both live on the third floor, had stopped by the woman's apartment earlier in the night. The firefighter and his girlfriend told officers they were leaving to go sleep elsewhere in peace and warned them that the neighbor had lost her mind and one day there would be an accident because of her, according to a police report seen by the Associated Press.

The blaze originated on the floor that the suspect and firefighter shared. Survivors described a chaos of smoke and flames. One neighbor recalled clambering out of her eighth-floor apartment over balconies.

"I climbed across several balconies, with nothing beneath, and then was backed into a corner. There were people using only the strength of their arms to get to where I was and escape the flames," said a resident identified only as Claire, her eyes wide with shock soon after her rescue.

Another, an off-duty police officer on the third floor, threw on clothes and rang doorbell after doorbell, trying desperately to save his neighbors.

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Neighbors Recall California Plane Crash

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:34

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane shook homes and "sounded like a missile" as it broke apart and rained chunks of metal into a Southern California neighborhood, igniting a house fire that killed four people, witnesses said Monday.

The pilot, a retired Chicago police officer living in Nevada, also died Sunday. Investigators were collecting pieces of the plane that fell into homes across about four blocks in Yorba Linda, a community southeast of Los Angeles.

"The witnesses I've spoken with say that they saw the airplane coming out of the clouds — it was still in one piece — and then they saw the tail breaking off and then the wing breaking off and then something like smoke before the airplane impacted the ground," said Maja Smith, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Those witnesses did not report an explosion while the twin-engine propeller-driven Cessna 414A was in the air, she said.

Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was the only person aboard, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said.

Authorities were trying to identify the people who died in the house, describing them only as two males and two females. Martino said DNA may be required because of the condition of the bodies.

Two other people were hospitalized with moderate injuries, he said.

Yorba Linda resident Dave Elfver said he was getting ready to go to a friend's house to watch the Super Bowl when he heard a whining sound "like a motorcycle going a hundred miles per hour."

"The whole house shook. I thought it was an earthquake, but the whining sound didn't make any sense."

Elfver, 75, said he ran to his backyard and saw a house engulfed in flames. He ran toward it along with a crowd of neighbors, and only then he saw an airplane wing in the street.

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Mexico Pipeline Fire Death Toll Rises to 126

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:22

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the death toll from a Jan. 18 fire at an illegally tapped pipeline has risen to 126 after more people died of their injuries.

Sixty-eight people died at the scene in the town of Tlahuelilpan in the central state of Hidalgo. The fire erupted after residents gathered to collect gasoline from a leaking tap in a field and a geyser of gasoline ignited.

A total of 81 people were taken to hospitals. In the two weeks since the blast, 58 of them have died and two recovered and were released.

The government of Hidalgo state said Tuesday that 21 injured people remain in hospitals.

The government has launched an offensive against fuel thieves who drill almost 15,000 illegal taps into government pipelines each year.

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Boats, Helicopters Deployed for Rescues in Australia Floods

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:20

SYDNEY (AP) — Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall.

More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday.

Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

The floodgates of the city's dam were opened earlier to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill had described the rainfall as a "one-in-100-year event" and said Monday, "We're not out of the woods yet."

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Five Dead, Two Injured when Plane Crashes onto California Home

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:26

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday.

Photos: Yorba Linda, CA Plane Crash

The male pilot, who was the only person in the twin-engine plane, and four people in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died Sunday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said at a news conference Sunday night. He says the deceased occupants of the home were two males and two females. No other identifying information such as names or ages was immediately released.

The Cessna 414A took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport about a dozen miles west of the blaze, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

A two-story house burst into flames after being struck by the main cabin and one engine of the plane, sending panicked neighbors into the streets. The second engine dislodged and fell onto the street, creating a large hole in the asphalt, according to Eliott Simpson, an aviation accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house," said John Wolbart, who lives a block away.

He said he ran to the burning house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.

The wounded were taken to a hospital with burn injuries, said Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Authority. A firefighter was also treated for a minor injury.

Clint Langford, who lives about a half-mile away, said he was in his living room when he heard a low rumbling.

"It's the eerie, low rumbling sound that keeps getting lower and louder. It was scary," he said. "And then all of a sudden boom. It shook the house."

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14 Injured in West Virginia Bus Crash

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:26

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over.

Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp.

Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls' coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament earlier Saturday.

The statement said the team planned to head back to Martinsburg on Sunday.

Police haven't released a cause of the accident. Team member Deaira Hairston said on Twitter the bus slid on black ice and flipped four times down a hill.

Martinsburg coach Kyle Triggs said on Twitter the team was amazed by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.

"Our players, staff, and our families truly appreciate your thoughtfulness," he said. "Words cannot express how grateful we are!"

Beckley is in southern West Virginia and is about 270 miles southwest of Martinsburg, a community in the state's Eastern Panhandle.

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Seven Dead, Over 30 Injured in Bus Crash South of Moscow

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:15

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus crashed south of Moscow on Sunday, killing at least seven people, four of them children, and sending 32 others to the hospital with injuries, authorities said.

The bus carrying 45 people tipped over and crashed on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow in the morning, the Emergency Situations Ministry said, updating previous reports that it was carrying 48 people.

Dozens of people were trapped inside the bus, and it was not until hours later that the rescue teams managed to pull everyone out. The injured included 23 children.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear and police said they detained the driver for questioning. Footage released by emergency responders showed the bus lying on the side of a snow-covered road.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry frame grab, made available on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, Emergency Situation employees work at the scene of an accident in the Kaluga region, on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities say at least seven people, four of them children, have died in a bus crash south of Moscow. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

The Interfax news agency quoted the mayor of the town of Yartsevo as saying the bus was carrying a children's dance club to a competition in the city of Kaluga.

The local Emergency Situations Ministry said there was no collision. It said the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle for some reason and the bus veered off the road.

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29 Injured, Seven Dead, in Train Derailment in India

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:06

PATNA, India (AP) — Seven people were killed and 29 injured when nine coaches of a New Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday in eastern India, officials said.

Most of the passengers were asleep when the train jumped the tracks. Soon after the accident, hundreds of villagers rushed to help rescuers and members of India's disaster management to pull out people trapped in the twisted metal and overturned coaches.

Indian Railways official Rajesh Dutt Bajpai said that by noon Sunday, the rescue work was over. Two of the injured were in critical condition, he said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Press Trust of India news agency said a rail fracture appeared to have caused the derailment about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Patna, the Bihar state capital.

India's vast railway system is the world's third largest but lacks modern signaling and communication systems. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance, outdated equipment and human error.

In 2016, 127 people were killed after 14 coaches derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, in one of India's worst train accidents.

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