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Disasters and Accidents

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  • 5 Freeway tunnel reopens, evidence of inferno is erased

    5 Freeway tunnel reopens, evidence of inferno is erased
    Tony Brake had seen tunnel fires before, and given the tower of black smoke and what he could see of the flames, he feared this one was going to be bad. On a Saturday morning in July, a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline flipped over, and...
  • Fluctuating temperatures are taking a toll on Baltimore's roads and pipes

    Fluctuating temperatures are taking a toll on Baltimore's roads and pipes
    Wildly fluctuating temperatures are taking a toll on Baltimore's roads — and travelers. As the Baltimore region thaws out with a balmy weekend, roads, pipes and other infrastructure weakened by this week's below-freezing temperatures are...
  • West Coast radiation from Fukushima disaster poses no risk, experts say

    Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts...
  • 400,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in North Dakota train crash

    About 400,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from 18 rail cars after after a Dec. 30 derailment near Casselton, N.D., the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary investigation report Monday. An ensuing explosion sent a massive...
  • Anniversary of Haiti quake a sad reminder

    Four years ago, the earth shook in Haiti. It lasted less than a minute. By the time the trembling stopped, death had already begun. Many were killed instantly, by collapsed buildings, oncoming cars, falling pipes, girders, walls. Others died in the...
  • FCC launches inquiry on 'universal 911' system after woman's death

    Kari Hunt Dunn’s daughter had always been taught to dial 911 in an emergency. On Dec. 1, Dunn was  stabbed to death in the bathroom of a Marshall, Texas, motel room. Her 9-year-old daughter, who was in room with her two siblings, tried to call 911...
  • Dancer dies after 'freak occurrence' during rehearsal, death ruled an accident

    Dancer dies after 'freak occurrence' during rehearsal, death ruled an accident
    An aspiring dancer with a small Chicago troupe has died after a steel acrobatics ring fell on him during a rehearsal break at a Northwest Side studio, officials said. Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzàlez, 22, died Monday afternoon after the accident in...
  • L.A. vows to take big step in earthquake protection

    L.A. vows to take big step in earthquake protection
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced an ambitious plan to tackle earthquake safety, including a new effort to strengthen vulnerable buildings. Marking the 20th anniversary of the destructive Northridge earthquake, Garcetti said Los...
  • U.S. Navy jet crashes into ocean off the Virginia coast

    A pilot was rescued after his U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, Navy officials confirmed. The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet went down 45 miles from Oceana, Va., home to a base that hosts the Navy's East Coast attack-...
  • Survivors of traumatic brain injuries more likely to die young

    Survivors of traumatic brain injuries more likely to die young
    People who suffer traumatic brain injuries face an elevated risk of death from suicide or accidents for years to come, according to a new study based on four decades of data on hundreds of thousand of patients in Sweden. Those who survived the immediate...
  • Study ranks Illinois 45th in emergency care

    Study ranks Illinois 45th in emergency care
    An updated national report on emergency medical care awarded Illinois two "F" grades for its lack of protection for doctors against malpractice suits and poor disaster preparedness, dropping the state’s ranking to 45th in the nation for supporting...