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Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:44

Maryland Hts. woman involved in fatal crash

   Two people are dead and four other injured after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 about 30 miles northeast of Carbondale, Illinois.  

   Police say 22 year old Megan Michelle Hester of Maryland Heights, Missouri lost control of the SUV she was driving Tuesday afternoon.  It crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was hit by a tractor-trailer.  

   Two people from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 49 year old Jill Gibson and a 13 year old boy were killed. The teen's name hasn't been released.  Hester and three passengers were seriously hurt.  The semi driver wasn't hurt.

Published in Local News
Monday, 02 December 2013 05:51

Probe seeks cause of fatal NYC train crash

   NEW YORK (AP) — Metro-North officials say the locomotive of the commuter train that derailed in New York City, killing four people, has been righted.

   Spokesman Aaron Donovan says cranes re-railed the engine at 4:20 a.m. Monday.

   Two cranes are in place to lift the rest of the derailed cars pending approval from the National Transportation and Safety Board.

   Donovan says about 150 people were on board when the train derailed Sunday morning while rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx. More than 60 were injured.

   Donovan says all passengers have been accounted for.

   The accident occurred on the Hudson line, which carries 26,000 weekday riders. Federal authorities are embarking on an exhaustive investigation into what caused the derailment.

Published in National News
Monday, 28 October 2013 01:11

Man dead after falling from high rise

   St. Louis police say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a man who apparently fell from the top floor of west end high rise Saturday morning.  

   Police say a jogger found the man lying in front of The Dorchester apartment building in the 600 block of South Skinker about 9:00 a.m.  

   The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators say his injuries were consistent with a long fall.

   The man's name has not yet been released.

Published in Local News

   A St. Charles Urgent Care center is closed today after a minivan crashed through the front of the building Sunday, killing the driver.  

   It happened just before 1:00 p.m. in the 2800 block of Veteran's Memorial Parkway.  

   Police say a driver may have had a heart attack before his Dodge Caravan rolled into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.  

   The 88 year old minivan driver was killed.  His 81 year old wife is hospitalized in serious condition.  The pickup driver was treated at the scene.  

   No one inside the clinic was hurt.  But the building suffered structural damage and will be closed for at least the next several days.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate two separate incidents in north St. Louis in which pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles.

 

   The first happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when a person was struck on eastbound Interstate 70 near Salisbury Street. Lanes in both directions were closed for several hours after the accident. Police say the driver who struck the pedestrian was found. It wasn't clear if the driver would face charges.

 

   In the second case, a man was struck by two cars as he was crossing Natural Bridge Avenue near Kingshighway just before midnight Tuesday. The drivers stopped and cooperated with authorities.

 

   Names of the victims have not been released.

Published in Local News
Friday, 16 August 2013 04:32

Three dead after Wildwood crash

   Three people are dead and a fourth is injured after a convertible crashed into the deck of a Wildwood home last night.  The crash happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Homestead Manor Drive near Babler State Park.  

   Monarch Fire Protection District spokesman Roger Herin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all of the victims were in their late teens or early twenties.  Two were pronounced dead at the scene.  A third died after being airlifted to a hospital.  The fourth victim suffered minor injuries.  

   Two people who'd been sitting on the deck when it was hit were not hurt.  

   Herin says the cause of the crash isn't known, but speed may have been a factor.  

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   ATLANTA (AP) — A man who fell more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field onto a parking lot during a baseball game died Monday night, police said.

   Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee confirmed the death of the man, whose name has not been released. The man fell during Monday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

   "At this time there's no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental," Chafee said late Monday. "It appears he fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below."

   Chafee said police received the report of the fall just before 9 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they located a man who appeared to have fallen 65 feet, or about six stories.

   The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries.

   Chafee said the fall occurred on the stadium's back side. He said witnesses described the fall as accidental, but that police were not releasing other details of what they said.

   He said he did not know if wet conditions or alcohol were factors.

   Heavy rains had led to a nearly two-hour delay of the game, which was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

   A Braves spokeswoman declined comment earlier Monday night, referring calls to the Atlanta police.

   Monday's accident wasn't the first of its kind to happen at Turner Field, and marked at least the third time a sports fan has fallen from the stands in Atlanta in about a year.

   Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn. died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012. Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and that alcohol was a factor.

   A man fell about 25 feet over a staircase railing at a Georgia Tech-Miami football game on Sept. 22, 2012 and was not seriously injured.

   In May 2008, a 25-year-old Cumming, Ga. man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and the New York Mets and later died. Police found that alcohol had factored into that accident, which the Braves had said was the first non-medical fatality to happen at the ballpark.

   Turner Field became the home of the Braves in 1997, a year after serving as the site of events for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Published in National News
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:47

Alton man killed in two-car crash Monday

   Authorities are identifying an Alton man killed in a crash Monday afternoon as 78 year old Charles Bickett.  

   Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says a jeep struck Bickett's Ford Taurus in the driver's side as Bickett attempted to turn left from a restaurant parking lot onto College Avenue in Alton.  

   Bickett was pronounced dead at the scene about 2 p.m. He died of blunt chest trauma.  Nonn says Bickett had been wearing a seat belt.  

   Toxicology test results are still pending and Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.  

Published in Local News

   Police are calling the death of a four year old metro-east boy a tragic accident.  

   Major Jeff Conner with the Granite City Police says Charles Collins was stuck and killed about 5:30 Saturday evening in the first block of Steele Drive.  Major Conner says the boy had apparently run into the street and was stuck by a family member's car.  

   He was pronounced dead after being transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center.  

   An autopsy will be performed today, but police don't expect to file any charges in the case.

Published in Local News

   MADRID (AP) - A Spanish court official says 77 people were killed when a passenger train derailed on a curvy stretch of track in northwestern Spain in what was one of the country's worst rail accidents in decades.

   Maria Pardo Rios, spokeswoman for the Galicia region's main court, said Thursday that 73 people were found dead at the scene of the accident and four died at hospitals.

   At least 140 people were injured in the derailment late Wednesday.

   

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