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Multiple people dead after crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike involving tour bus, tractor-trailer

Multiple people are dead and multiple others are in the hospital after a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, officials have confirmed.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed in both directions between the New Stanton exit and the Breezewood exit while police investigate.

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PA Turnpike closed in BOTH directions between the New Stanton Exit #75 and the Breezewood Exit #161 due to a multi-vehicle accident between New Stanton and Donegal impacting both directions. @TotalTrafficPIT @KDKA @TrafficWatch4 @TotalTrafficMDT

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Source: Multiple people dead after crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike involving tour bus, tractor-trailer

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$30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announces fine against ETC Northeast Pipeline over 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire

Source: $30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County

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Tractor-trailer rolls over in crash on 62nd Street Bridge in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police, firefighters and EMS responded to a tractor-trailer rollover crash on the 62nd Street Bridge over the Allegheny River.

It’s unclear if there were any injuries in the crash.

The bridge reopened to all traffic shortly after 6 p.m.

The span carries Route 8 across the Allegheny River between the borough of Sharpsburg and the Pittsburgh city neighborhoods of Morningside and Lawrenceville.

Source: Tractor-trailer rolls over in crash on 62nd Street Bridge in Pittsburgh

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Atlanta Whole Foods employee found dead inside store bathroom

Police told Channel 2’s Michael Seiden right now they don’t suspect foul play, but they won’t know for sure until the medical examiner completes their investigation.Co-workers told Seiden that Leslie Kochensparger had only been on the job for two weeks at the store before she was found dead inside a locked bathroom.

Police say another employee made the disturbing discovery on Monday morning at the store location along Barrett Parkway.

“It gives me chills to think about it. Very sad,” one shopper said.

According to a police report, an employee tried to use the bathroom, but the door was locked.

When he returned, it was still locked so he knocked several times.

When he didn’t get an answer, investigators said he took matters into his own hands using his pocketknife to open the lock.

As soon as he walked in, he found his co-worker “slumped over the toilet,” the report said.

He immediately called 911 and then moved her to the floor.

On Tuesday night, a spokesperson for Whole Foods Market sent Seiden a statement saying, “We are grieving the loss of our fellow team member and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

Management shut the store down Monday so employees could grieve at home. An employee told Seiden that the company is offering grief counselors to anyone who has been impacted by this tragedy.

Source: Whole Foods employee found dead inside store bathroom

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North Hills Special Response Team And SWAT Officers Respond To Domestic Situation In McCandless – CBS Pittsburgh

According to the McCandless Police Chief Ryan Hawk, the call came in just before 2:30 p.m.

He said a man and a woman got into an argument outside of the home and the man went back into the home.

That’s when Hawk said the woman heard a gunshot and immediately called 9-1-1. McCandless Police and the North Hills Special Response Team arrived at what they believed to be a domestic situation. They treated this as a barricaded situation, not knowing what was happening inside.

When they were able to get into the home, they found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Deceased since that gunshot was heart,” said Chief Ryan Hawk. “At this time, we can say this was not a situation where anyone was barricaded.”

Source: North Hills Special Response Team And SWAT Officers Respond To Domestic Situation In McCandless – CBS Pittsburgh

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UCLA researchers say there is a way to predict who will become homeless | TribLIVE.com

LOS ANGELES — With the ranks of homeless people growing faster than housing is being built, one of the most popular strategies for reducing homelessness has become to simply keep people in their homes.

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Homeless encampment in LA

In theory, a small infusion of cash, counseling or legal aid could be the difference that prevents someone from ending up on the street. But reality isn’t so simple.

Of the tens of thousands of people who are on the brink of losing their homes every year in California and across the country, only a tiny fraction do.

“Only 1 in 10 people who seem like they are going to become homeless — actually become homeless,” said Phil Ansell, director of Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative.

Source: UCLA researchers say there is a way to predict who will become homeless | TribLIVE.com

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Gander Outdoors closes Greensburg location | TribLIVE.com

2117658_web1_gtr-GanderClose27-010319Less than two years after reopening under the Gander Outdoors name, the Greensburg location has permanently shut its doors.

A sign reads: “It is with great regret that we announce the closing of Gander Outdoors of Greensburg, PA. We have enjoyed serving our customers in the community and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the store.”

A worker who was at the store Friday said the location closed Dec. 22.

The move comes months after Camping World Holdings Inc., the entity that bought Gander Mountain’s assets in bankruptcy proceedings in 2017, according to a news release.

Shortly after the company acquired the Gander Mountain name, they reopened 69 former Gander Mountain stores as Gander Outdoors, including the 31,000-square-foot Greensburg location.

The former Monroeville Gander Mountain was not reopened, and eventually became a Goodwill in March, while the Greensburg location had a grand opening celebration in April 2018.

Dan Dibartola, 47, of Greensburg, was looking to buy a fishing license Friday when he discovered the Greensburg store was closed. He noted he had purchased a three-year membership to the store about six months ago.

Source: Gander Outdoors closes Greensburg location | TribLIVE.com

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Somalia truck bomb kills at least 76 people in capital city, officials say | Fox News

A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 76 people including many, authorities said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds.

Source: Somalia truck bomb kills at least 76 people in capital city, officials say | Fox News

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At least 15 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan | Daily Mail Online

The Bek Air flight with 100 on board went down shortly after take off at the airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, on Friday morning. The plane was en route to the capital, Nursultan.

  • At least 12 people were reported dead after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from a Kazakh airport today
  • The plane ‘smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small building immediately after losing altitude’
  • Authorities found 35 survivors with injuries.

Source: At least 15 dead when jet with 100 people on board crashes after takeoff in Kazakhstan | Daily Mail Online

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Wreckage of Hawaii tour helicopter carrying 7 has been found, officials say | Fox News

The wreckage of a Hawaii tour helicopter carrying seven people that went missing Thursday evening has been found, and crews are continuing to search for possible survivors, officials said.

The helicopter was found about 9:30 a.m. Friday in a mountainous area on the east side of the island of Kauai, authorities said. A pilot and six passengers, including two children, were on board.

Authorities said in a news release that they were sending additional resources to search for survivors.

Kauai Fire Department Battalion Chief Sol Kanoho said “no actionable information on the status of the passengers” was available during a news conference Friday afternoon.

This Dec. 17, 2019, aerial photo shows the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Maryclaire Dale)

The U.S. Coast Guard had resumed its search for the tour helicopter more than 12 hours after it vanished during a flight over the nearly uninhabited island.The helicopter had been due to arrive back at Kauai’s Na Pali coast at 5:21 p.m. local time on Thursday but never made it back. Authorities last made contact with the chopper around 4:40 p.m. when the pilot reported the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, Hawaii News Now reported.The Coast Guard initially sent an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and a cutter but found no sign of the aircraft.The weather conditions in the area were considered challenging, the local news outlet reported.

Source: Wreckage of Hawaii tour helicopter carrying 7 has been found, officials say | Fox News

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Massive fire started after vehicle hits gas line in East Deer On Route 28 – Wtae News

Emergency responders are on the scene of a large fire in East Deer Township, Allegheny County.

Officials confirmed the fire is happening in the 400 block of Freeport Road.

Map of 400 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA 15238

According to officials, the fire started when a vehicle hit another vehicle, and then hit a gas line that ignited the fire.

Video from the scene showed firefighters working to put out flames.

One house was destroyed by the fire. At least one vehicle was also destroyed.

Three homes in total were impacted by the fire.

Everyone inside the homes got out safely.

Source: Massive fire started after vehicle hits gas line in East Deer

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Hiker killed by huge falling redwood tree in California national park | US news | The Guardian

A huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods national monument park in California on Christmas Eve, authorities said on Thursday.

Subhradeep Dutta, 28, of Edina, Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other people in the park north of San Francisco famous for its towering trees, according to the Marin county coroner’s office and a spokesman for the park.

Dutta was pinned by the trunk of the 200ft (61-meters) tree and was pronounced dead at the scene. The trunk measured more than 4ft (1.22 meters) in diameter.

A woman injured by falling debris was taken to the hospital for treatment. A man hiking with the group escaped injury.

The tree fell following a series of winter storms over the past two weeks.

Source: Hiker killed by huge falling redwood tree in California national park | US news | The Guardian

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Tractor trailer carrying car batteries catches fire, shuts down part of PA Turnpike

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TRACTOR TRAILER ON FIRE: This is video of the tractor trailer fire from a viewer–and I want to correct a previous tweet– we’re still working to confirm its a crash, but the vehicle was on fire. I can tell you a hazmat crew has been called to the scene. @wtae

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@Firechief26 sent out these photos of the tractor trailer fire happening on the PA Turnpike. His caption:

“On scene Pa Turnpike vehicle accident Two trailer trucks with explosion. 75 mile post west . West bound completely closed” @Elena_WTAE is on her way to this for @WTAE

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The accident happened on the westbound part of I-76 between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Irwin (Exit 67).

Source: Tractor trailer carrying car batteries catches fire, shuts down part of PA Turnpike

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Harpers ferry train derailment, two cars fall into Potomac River – CNN

(CNN)Two freight cars fell into the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, early Saturday morning when part of a Maryland-bound train derailed, according to a CSX spokesman.

The train was traveling between Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Sandy Hook Road in Maryland when seven grain cars derailed over Winchester and Potomac Railroad Bridge. All the rail cars — including the two that fell into the Potomac River — were empty and no injuries were reported, CSX Spokesman Bryan Tucker told CNN.

The cause of the derailment remains unclear and is under investigation, CSX said. The railway is working to swiftly to clean up and restore the area, according to Tucker.
Washington County Emergency Management said it “is closely monitoring the scene and reports no injuries, no spills, no hazardous materials and no immediate danger to the public,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.

Source: Harpers ferry train derailment, two cars fall into Potomac River – CNN

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‘Catastrophic’ Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Australia : NPR

Extreme heat and drought conditions have caused hundreds of fires to spark throughout the country, many of which have been burning for weeks.

A large portion of Australia is on fire after weeks of extreme heat, strong winds and drought that have created ideal conditions for hundreds of bushfires to thrive across the country. Several fires have been burning since November, particularly in the eastern state of New South Wales.

The fires threaten many of Australia’s largest population centers, including Sydney, a city of more than 5 million, which has been cloaked in smoke. Blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes and almost 3 million acres of bushland, threatening the habitat of countless wildlife, including already endangered koalas. One fire in the state of Victoria has reportedly become large enough to generate its own weather.

The fires come after years of drought in parts of the country and record-breaking heat. Earlier this week, Australia had its hottest day on record — only to break that record the following day. And fire season has just begun, leaving many bracing for worse.

Source: ‘Catastrophic’ Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Australia : NPR

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Two men injured when cellphone tower they were working on collapses in Westmoreland County

Both were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with serious but not life-threatening injuries

Two men were injured Thursday afternoon when the cellphone tower they were erecting collapsed in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.

Firefighters and paramedics used all-terrain vehicles to rescue the pair from a hilltop wooded area above Route 130 near Jeannette.

Shaw said the unidentified men were putting together a new section of the tower when it shifted just after 12:30 p.m. and they fell about 30 feet.

Both were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with serious but not life-threatening, injuries, Shaw said.

Source: Two men injured when cellphone tower they were working on collapses in Westmoreland County

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Part Of Westmoreland Co. Evacuated After Tractor Trailer Hauling Propane Overturns – CBS Pittsburgh

Some people in Westmoreland County were evacuated after a tractor trailer hauling propane overturned.

everal homes and a business had to evacuate.

Ian Smith

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: 7 homes and a business have been evacuated in South Huntingdon Twp after a tanker truck hauling propane overturned. over the scene on Gressly Rd. Hazmat removing the Propane from the tank. @KDKA

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HAZMAT crews were on scene monitoring the scene and supervised a change over of the propane to another tractor trailer.

Source: Part Of Westmoreland Co. Evacuated After Tractor Trailer Hauling Propane Overturns – CBS Pittsburgh

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Suicide bombing near Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base kills 2, wounds more than 70 | Fox News

Two civilians were killed and more than 70 people were wounded in a suicide bombing for which the Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday, targeting an under-construction medical facility near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said.

Source: Suicide bombing near Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base kills 2, wounds more than 70 | Fox News

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Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption – BBC News

Huge numbers of tourists risk scaling active volcanoes every year.

With so many active volcanoes on the planet, tourists are seeking out thrills on mountains from Japan to DR Congo.

Some of those have had eruptions in the recent past but still – or possibly because of that – are high up on the list of visitors.

“Getting close to volcanoes offers a rare opportunity to experience the power of the restless earth: the smouldering, seething release of pressure from the brittle crust of earth caused by the crush of tectonic plates,” says travel journalist Simon Calder.

“But with the reward comes a range of risks. They can include sulphur dioxide and other toxic volcanic gases, material from the volcano being thrown out, lava flows and possible resulting wildfires, landslides and, for coastal locations, tsunamis.”

So here’s an overview of several of the world’s most popular and recently active volcanoes.

Source: Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption – BBC News

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People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News

A volcano has erupted in New Zealand with 100 people in the vicinity – leaving some unaccounted for, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption.

The local mayor told New Zealand media she feared there had been injuries.

White Island, or Whakaari, is off the coast of North Island – and is one the country’s most active volcanoes.

Despite that, the island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.

A live feed from the volcano showed a group of visitors inside the crater before images went dark after the eruption.

Source: People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News