Tropical Depression Claudette continued its destructive path Sunday night, leaving at least 13 dead in Alabama as it strengthened along its path towards the Atlantic Coast. The collision, killed at least 10 people, including nine children, authorities said. Eight of the children were involved in Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, south of Montgomery, Alabama. The program is part of the nonprofit Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which provide homes for needy, neglected or abused school-age children.
Firefighters have rescued 16 people trapped in gondolas for several hours on a ride at the SeaWorld amusement park in San Diego. Gondolas malfunctioned after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride, police in the US city told FOX5 News. The National Weather Service says it was about 49F (9C) in San Diego at the time of the incident. The company added it would conduct a “thorough inspection” of the ride before re-opening it.
A new pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapsed Thursday, killing at least 4 people and sending 10 survivors to the hospital. The bridge, designed to connect the Florida International University and the city of Sweetwater, was situated just 5 days earlier and celebrated for ‘accelerated construction.’ The bridge was scheduled to open early next year.
The third Amtrak crash in less than seven weeks killed the train’s engineer and conductor, Sunday, injuring 116 more, when a passenger train on the wrong track hit a stationary freight train in South Carolina. The incident, under investigation, has intensified concerns about the safety and reliability of United States passenger rail service.
An Amtrak train transporting Republican lawmakers to their annual policy retreat crashed into a large garbage truck in Virginia, Wednesday, killing one of the truck’s passengers. At least six other people were injured, including passengers from both the truck and train. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Two emergencies occurred, this weekend, both ending without casualties or serious injuries. A plane landing in Turkey, Saturday, slid off the runway, down a steep slope, almost entering the Black Sea. On Sunday, a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast caught fire, forcing 50 passengers to jump more than 10 feet into the water.
New Mexico authorities have confirmed that there are at least seven fatalities in connection with the Thursday afternoon Greyhound bus crash on Interstate 40. A semi-tractor trailer experienced a ‘tire blowout’ causing it to collide head-on with the nearly full bus of 49 passengers. Authorities reported ‘multiple serious injuries’ among bus passengers.
People are calling for the ban of popular sightseeing vehicles duck boats after 17 people were killed in an accident last week in southwestern Missouri. The 17 people, including 9 members of the same family, killed in the Ride the Ducks Branson accident were not wearing life jackets. The vehicles have been linked to a total of 40 deaths since 1999.
An Amtrak train traveling from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, derailed, Monday, falling onto a highway, killing at least 3 people and injuring near 100. Investigators confirmed, later Monday, that the train was traveling at 80mph in a 30mph zone. Amtrak released a statement, saying, ‘There is a thorough investigation underway to determine what happened.’
A bus transporting cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins in Mexico, flipped over, Tuesday, leaving 12 dead, including one child, and 18 injured. The bus company reported that the nationalities of passengers as American, Swedish, Italian, and Brazilian. Nationalities of the fatalities have not yet been confirmed. The cause of the accident is under investigation.