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WARREN, Ohio (AP) - Investigators are focusing on speeding as a key factor in the crash of a sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers, six of them killed when it slammed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond.

Authorities are citing an unspecified "high rate" of speed, but would not speculate on whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash about 7 a.m. Sunday.

The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned, coming to a rest upside down in the swamp. It sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth person thrown from the SUV during the crash was found under it.

Two boys escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911.
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A 20-year-old man is dead after being struck by an Amtrak train in Pacific.

Police say the man was walking on the tracks when he was hit and killed around 8:45 last night at the North 4th Street crossing.

Amtrak officials confirm that the accident involved a train carrying 58 passengers en route from St. Louis to Kansas City.

No one on the train was hurt.
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LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists, a security official said.

It was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the key tourism industry deeper into recession. The casualties included French, British, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, the official said.

Three survivors of the crash — two tourists and one Egyptian — were taken to a local hospital.

According to the Egyptian security official, the balloon carrying at least 20 tourists was flying over Luxor when it caught fire, which triggered an explosion in its gas canister, then plunged at least 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the sky.

It crashed into a sugar cane field outside al-Dhabaa village just west of Luxor, 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Bodies of the dead tourists were scattered across the field around the remnants of the balloon. An Associated Press reporter at the crash site counted eight bodies as they were put into body bags and taken away. The security official said all 18 bodies have been recovered.

The official said foul play has been ruled out. He also said initial reports of 19 dead were revised to 18 as confusion is common in the aftermath of such accidents.

In Hong Kong, a travel agency said nine of the tourists that were aboard the balloon were natives of the semi-autonomous Chinese city. It did not say whether all nine were killed. The information was posted on the agency's website.

In Paris, a diplomatic official said French tourists were among those involved in the accident, but would give no details on how many, or whether French citizens were among those killed.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to be publicly named according to government policy, the official said French authorities were working with their Egyptian counterparts to clarify what happened. French media reports said 2 French tourists were among the dead but the official wouldn't confirm that.

Hot air ballooning, usually at sunrise over the famed Karnak and Luxor temples as well as the Valley of the Kings, is a popular pastime for tourists visiting Luxor.

The site of the accident has seen past crashes. In 2009, 16 tourists were injured when their balloon struck a cellphone transmission tower. A year earlier, seven tourists were injured in a similar crash.

Egypt's tourism industry has been decimated since the 18 day uprising in 2011 against autocrat leader Hosni Mubarak and the political turmoil that followed and continues to this day.

Luxor's hotels are currently about 25 percent full in what is supposed to be the peak of the winter season.
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:35

5 dead after small jet crashes in eastern GA

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — Five people were killed and two injured when a small jet crashed off the end of a runway in eastern Georgia, an official confirmed early Thursday.

Thomson-McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said the jet crashed after 8 p.m. Wednesday. He said the two survivors were taken to area hospitals but did not have information on their conditions. He said the identities of those killed were being withheld pending notification of family members.

The Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I en route from Nashville, Tenn., crashed around 8:30 p.m. at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, about 30 miles west of Augusta, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email.

Seven people were aboard, she told The Associated Press in the email. She added that she had no immediate details about a possible cause.

The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/WbvMGa) cited Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell as saying there were at least two survivors identified as a pilot and a passenger. But he provided no additional information about those aboard in that account.

The newspaper said a brush fire flared near the crash scene, quoting witnesses who reported local power outages that prompted a utility to send workers to the site. A photograph posted on the newspaper's online site showed ambulances with lights flashing.

The plane was on a flight from John Tune Airport in Nashville, Tenn., to the Thomson-McDuffie airport, Bergen said in her email, adding the aircraft is registered to a company based in Wilmington, Del.
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The early morning crash that killed a Ballwin woman is being called a tragic accident.

Twenty-four year old Brooke Bahmler was killed when her car was T-boned on Illinois Route 3 at Yellow Brick Road.

Sauget Police Chief Patrick Delaney says Bahmler had just left Lacledes Landing with her sister and a friend when she made a wrong turn and ended up in Illinois. Bahmler was reportedly turning around when the crash occurred about 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Chief Delaney says toxicology tests will be conducted, but they don't believe alcohol was involved in the accident.

Bahmler's sister and the other passenger in her car were both seriously injured, but are expected to survive. The driver of the other car was treated for minor injuries.
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