Over 40 dead, dozens injured in Chinese chemical plant explosion

BEIJING — The death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday.

Thursday’s blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng is China’s worst industrial accident in years. Nearly 1,000 area residents have been moved to safety as of Friday as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said in a statement posted to its official microblog.

Windows in buildings as far as about 3 miles were blown out by the force of the blast.

The city government statement said 3,500 medical workers at 16 hospitals had been mobilized to treat the injured, dozens of whom remain in critical condition.

The cause of the blast remained under investigation.

Source: Over 40 dead, dozens injured in Chinese chemical plant explosion

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Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

  • Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.
  • The features could have helped the pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, The New York Times reports.
  • Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, the paper said.

Source: Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

UPDATE: Two dead, more injured after charter bus carrying 57 crashes on I-95 | Crime, Police & Fire | richmond.com

Two people are dead after a commercial bus carrying 57 people crashed in Prince George County on Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred when a Tao’s Travel Inc. bus overturned at a ramp for Exit 45. The bus was headed north on I-95 when it attempted to take the exit ramp, the state police said.

The vehicle ran off the left side of the ramp and overturned. The bus’s route began in Florida with a final destination of New York.

Source: UPDATE: Two dead, more injured after charter bus carrying 57 crashes on I-95 | Crime, Police & Fire | richmond.com

Los Angeles gas explosion sends clouds of smoke over the skyline – CNN

(CNN)A 9,000-gallon tanker that was leaking gasoline caught fire in Los Angeles, the city’s fire department said Sunday.

More than 70 firefighters battled the blaze for an hour and a half before it was extinguished.
Two people were hospitalized with injuries, the LA fire department said.

Source: Los Angeles gas explosion sends clouds of smoke over the skyline – CNN

Landslide shuts down part of Route 837 in Washington County

A landslide shut down part of Route 837 for several hours in the area of Finleyville, Washington County.

The Elrama Volunteer Fire Company said the road is closed between Coal Bluff Road and Finleyville Elrama Road.

A PennDOT spokesperson said the road reopened shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Source: Landslide shuts down part of Route 837 in Washington County

Bomb cyclone brings blizzards, flooding and hurricane-force winds to central US, and it’s not over – CNN

(CNN)A “bomb cyclone” is dumping snow and heavy rain on the central United States, stranding travelers, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and leading to a police officer’s death in Colorado.

The storm’s center was over Iowa and Nebraska early Thursday, and while it did its worst damage in the Plains, it will continue delivering dangerous weather conditions to 105 million people who are under some sort of watch, warning or advisory as it moves east.
A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars — a measure of atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Source: Bomb cyclone brings blizzards, flooding and hurricane-force winds to central US, and it’s not over – CNN

Chemical spill shuts down Route 30 in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Route 30 was closed in both directions near the East Pittsburgh Street ramps in Greensburg after a driver apparently threw a jug of chemicals at another car in an apparent road-rage incident on Tuesday night.“The person threw a five-gallon jug of xylene out the window,” Hempfield No. 2 Fire Chief Tom Kline said.Xylene is a chemical solvent, typically used as a paint thinner.

Source: Chemical spill shuts down Route 30 in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Woman passenger killed when rock thrown from overpass slams through windshield, police say | WPXI

Police say somebody threw a rock off a railroad overpass in Temple, Texas, on Saturday, killing a passenger in a vehicle on the freeway below.

According to the Temple Police Department, Keila Ruby Flores, 33, was riding with her family on Interstate 35 when a “large rock” came through the vehicle’s windshield, striking her and “causing significant injuries.” She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died Sunday morning, authorities said.

There is currently no suspect information. If anyone has any information concerning this unfortunate incident, please contact Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5500. Tips can also be sent through Bell County Crime Stoppers at BellCountyCrimeStoppers.com, through the P3tips App or by calling 254-526-TIPS (8477).

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Authorities have not made any arrests in the case, which they are calling a homicide

Source: Woman killed when rock thrown from overpass slams through windshield, police say | WPXI

YOUNGWOOD TOY STORE DAMAGED BY FIRE | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

Westmoreland County fire crews in the Youngwood area were able to put out a fire at a toy store on Thursday night.

According to the Tribune-Review, the fire destroyed a storage shed adjacent to Gene and Troy’s Toys on South 7th Street in Youngwood, and there was significant smoke damage to the store itself. The external shed had a rototiller, fertilizer, and gardening supplies inside it and all of that was destroyed.

The fire was reported at 10:00 p.m. A State Police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes, killing all 157 aboard including Americans, officials say | Fox News

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board including some Americans, the airline and government officials said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 left Bole airport in Addis Ababa bound for Nairobi, Kenya at 8:38 a.m. before losing contact with the control tower minutes later at 8:44 a.m. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 31 miles south of Addis Ababa.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November, according to records obtained by the Associated Press.

The plane showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitterpost.

Source: Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes, killing all 157 aboard including Americans, officials say | Fox News