Infrastructure Daily News 05.23.12

Transportation Sector

. May 22, Missoula Missoulian – (Montana) Bus crashes on Highway 93 North; 4 injured. A Rimrock Stages bus with about 17 passengers on board crashed into a pickup truck on Highway 93 North in Montana, injuring at least 4 people May 22. Passengers on the bus said a pickup truck started swerving, then pulled directly into the path of the bus, sending both vehicles off the highway at about mile marker 14. An Arlee police chief said all passengers on board the bus were sent to Missoula hospitals for observation, but only three appeared to have moderate to severe injuries. The pickup driver sustained the most serious injuries, he said. Source: article_45e3dad2-a41f-11e1-9c74-001a4bcf887a.html

. May 22, CNN – (Maine; International) Passenger’s implant claim triggers flight diversion. A passenger who claimed to have a device surgically implanted inside her triggered the security scare that led to the diversion to Maine of a jetliner that took off from France and was headed to North Carolina May 22, federal officials said. The passenger handed a note to the flight crew indicating she had had a device implanted in her body, but did not indicate the device was a threat or that she was threatening the flight. Doctors aboard examined the woman and saw no sign of recent scars, and a senior federal law enforcement official said authorities determined no bomb was involved in the incident. US Airways Flight 787 landed in Bangor, Maine, after the incident. The Paris-to-Charlotte flight carried 179 passengers and a crew of 9, an airline spokeswoman said. The flight was diverted to Bangor “out of an abundance of caution,” the Transportation Security Administration said. Source:

. May 22, – (Tennessee) I-75 one lane in each direction after massive landslide. The Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened one lane for southbound travel on I-75 in Campbell County May 22. One lane remained open for northbound travelers as work continued to repair a massive landslide at Mile Marker 143. A 3-mile stretch of I-75 was down to one lane of traffic in each direction, from mile marker 141 to mile marker 144, May 22. Motorists were told to expect potential long delays and use extreme caution while traveling through the area. Wide loads were restricted from traveling through this area and were being detoured around the I-75 landslide. Source: asp?news_id=77026&news_category_id=19

. May 21, WUSA 9 Washington, D.C. – (Washington, D.C.) Bus fire fills 3rd St Tunnel with smoke, drivers have to abandon cars. A big, empty yellow school bus being used by the military exploded in flames May 21 in the 3rd Street Tunnel by the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The bus was hooked to a tow truck and started burning in the tunnel, with dozens of cars trapped in the tunnel with it. Three Capitol Police officers who inhaled a ton of smoke were all released from the hospital. The police ordered 30 or so people out of their cars and up the ramp. “We could not advance, smoke was into the car. The bus could explode any moment,” said a driver who was stuck. Police finally let the drivers back down to get their cars. After a few hours cleaning up the mess, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation finally re-opened the tunnel. Source: Smoke-Drivers-Have-To-Abandon-Cars

. May 21, Associated Press – (Minnesota) Allegient Air jet makes emergency landing in Duluth. An airplane headed from Duluth, Minnesota, to Las Vegas had to turn around and make an emergency landing after running into engine trouble, the Associated Press reported May 21. An executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority said the Allegiant Air plane landed safely May 18 at Duluth International Airport. National Guard firefighters and other emergency responders were standing by. The Duluth News Tribune reported one engine failed about 50 miles into the trip and the crew shut it down, declared an emergency, and headed back to the airport. The plane had about 140 passengers and 5 crew members. Source: landing-in-Duluth/55112496/1

. May 19, Houma Courier – (Louisiana) Repair of pontoon bridge declared an emergency. A Dulac bridge in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, was closed because of structural issues, Terrebonne Parish Houma Today reported May 19. Parish officials declared the project an emergency and said a return to service is necessary. An I-beam that supports the bridge unexpectedly collapsed and Terrebonne’s Roads and Bridges Division closed the bridge until further notice while engineers from Gulf South Engineering were called to assess the damage. Officials said the May 7 closure of the pontoon bridge could not have been more inconvenient with the 2012 hurricane season quickly approaching and with shrimping season under way. The bridge is used as one of the area’s emergency evacuation routes, and shrimpers who do not have access to the bridge have to drive along the bayou to the next bridge, about a 1-hour trip. The Terrebonne Parish council drafted a resolution to be voted on at the May 21 public services committee meeting to authorize the money for emergency repairs. Source: For more stories, see items 1, 7, 8, 9, 50, 53, and 55

Postal and Shipping Sector

. May 21, Midland Daily News – (Michigan) Unknown white powder found on mailboxes. An unknown white powder covering mailboxes caused police and fire crews to close roads in the area of North Lakeview Drive and Beamish Road in Jerome Township, Michigan, May 21. “We have the area cordoned off and we have a team coming to test it,” a Midland County Sheriff’s Office captain said. The Jerome Township Fire Department was called to the scene when a resident discovered the white powder on and inside of a mailbox, the Jerome Township fire chief said. “A resident went out to … his mailbox [and] discovered the powder substance on and in his mailbox. And then as we got here we discovered there was a multitude of them (mailboxes with powder). So we have actually isolated the whole area off and will start testing them now,” the fire chief said. Agencies at the scene also included the Midland Saginaw Bay City HAZMAT team and Lincoln Township Fire Department. Source: 88d8-001a4bcf887a.html For another story, see item 50

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