Infrastructure Daily News 08.07.12

Transportation Sector

. August 6, WNYW 5 New York – (New Jersey) Security breaches at Newark Airport. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said United Airlines checkpoint operations at Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were shut down August 5 after the TSA and local authorities tried to find a passenger that was not fully screened. The Terminal C shutdown threw vacation plans and flight connections into chaos. Law enforcement sources told WNYW 5 New York there was not just one close call — there were two, and both involved potential bomb making materials. The TSA said a woman who set off an alarm managed to get past a screening point and onto a flight to Cleveland without being checked for what caused the alarm. The TSA said it notified the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police (Port Authority) after the incident. The Port Authority said every passenger had to be re-screened. United Airlines said after the 3-hour shutdown, flights resumed and they were able to accommodate most passengers. Source:

. August 6, Newark Star-Ledger – (New Jersey) Gas tanker catches fire, shuts part of Route 18 for hours in Marlboro. A gas tanker truck caught fire on Route 18 in Marlboro, New Jersey, August 6, closing the highway in both directions and prompting some evacuations from nearby homes, police said. The northbound side of Route 18 was reopened, but the southbound direction remained closed 10 hours after the incident while crews decided how best to remove the extinguished truck and its gasoline, said a Marlboro Police Department captain. The fire began at the rear tires of the tanker. The blaze quickly spread and fire crews hurriedly fought it. Some homes from The Enclosure development nearby were evacuated as a precautionary measure — though the residents later returned, the captain said. The northbound side of Route 18 was open within an hour. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, the captain said. The Old Bridge Police Department assisted the Marlboro department, he added. Source:

. August 6, Allentown Morning Call – (Pennsylvania) Fiery crash on I-78 east, one lane open. A fiery collision involving two tractor-trailers had Interstate 78 east in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, shut down August 6 between the Route 100 and New Smithville exits, according to the Lehigh County Communications Center. One lane on the eastbound side of the highway was opened about 3 hours after the crash, according to a witness at the scene. One of the tractor-trailers was reportedly hauling steel and the other general merchandise, according to emergency radio broadcasts. Source: 20120806,0,1141651.story

. August 5, KING 5 Seattle – (Washington) Police searching for suspect after Ferndale freeway threat. After a lengthy manhunt and the closure of Interstate 5 for several hours, police in Ferndale, Washington, were asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man believed to have been aiming a rifle at drivers, KING 5 Seattle reported August 5. Someone called 9-1-1, saying they saw a male on the Smith Road Overpass wearing a dark hoodie and holding what appeared to be a rifle. Ferndale units were dispatched and arrived within minutes. The first officer saw what he believed to be a flash muzzle of a rifle, pointed in the northerly direction from an overpass. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded, in addition to Bellingham police, Ferndale police, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They closed down I-5 from the Slader Road exit, just south of the overpass, to the Main Street Exit, which is north of the overpass. Source: closure-165078696.html

. August 5, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – (California) Propane tanker overturns, shuts down Highway 38. County firefighters worked to carefully off-load nearly 10,000 gallons of propane from an overturned tanker truck August 5 on Highway 38 in Angelus Oaks, California, San Bernardino County fire officials said. Highway 38 was shut down in both directions near Jen Lake Road and was expected to remain closed throughout the night. The tanker was traveling north on Highway 38 near Jen Lake Road when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control causing the large vehicle to roll onto its side, according to a release. The driver was able to get out safely. County hazardous materials team members helped clean up a small fuel spill, but were more concerned of the potential fire danger the propane the tanker was hauling could pose to the surrounding forest, officials said. Source: shuts-down-highway-38

. August 5, Billings Gazzette – (Montana) BNSF train derails, catches fire near Plevna. A train hauling chemicals west of Plevna, Montana, derailed and eight cars carrying alcohol caught fire, August 5. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) reported 15 rail cars went off track, and 14 were carrying denatured alcohol, which is used as a fuel additive. Highway 12, near the derailment, was blocked off at both ends for a time to secure the accident scene. One car caught fire starting a chain reaction with the other rail cars, said a BNSF spokesman. Firefighters rushed in to extinguish grass set on fire by the derailment, then retreated to a safe spot a half mile away as the rail cars exploded. The spokesman said there were no air quality issues, so emergency crews let the fire burn. One after another, four of the cars exploded, then fire crews rushed back in to put out new grass fires, which they were still mopping up 7 hours after the derailment. The 106-car train from Aberdeen, South Dakota, was on a single lane of track that does not get a lot of use, the BNSF spokesman said. BNSF planned to have the track operational again by August 6. Roughly 8 to 10 trains pass through the area daily. Source: fire-near-plevna/article_51d33b36-a21b-5ead-b7bb-a875344aa3c0.html For more stories, see items 2 and 24

Postal and Shipping Sector

. August 6, Associated Press – (Maryland) Carbon monoxide leak at Baltimore post office. A Baltimore, Maryland fire department spokesman said exhaust fumes from generators outside a post office building were blamed for sickening employees August 6. He said two people were taken to hospitals from the main post office complex and 58 others were evaluated at the scene. Elevated carbon monoxide levels were detected after firefighters responded to a report of a fall at the building, and other employees began reporting symptoms. Generators outside the building that activated following a power outage a few hours earlier were believed to be responsible for the carbon monoxide exposure. The building was evacuated and ventilated. Source:

Emergency Services Sector

. August 6, Associated Press – (Arkansas) 260 inmates isolated because of illness at Arkansas maximum-security prison; virus suspected. The Arkansas Department of Correction said about 260 inmates at the Tucker Unit were placed in isolation because of illness. A spokeswoman said the inmates were isolated in the prison’s gym August 5 because of symptoms that point to either a stomach virus or food poisoning. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that visitation was closed August 5 in case the illness is contagious. The Arkansas Department of Health will test for food poisoning on three meals served over the weekend of August 4. The spokeswoman said officials suspected a highly contagious virus was the culprit because some of the inmates who fell ill did not eat the food. The prison expects visitation to be open again the weekend of August 11 at the maximum-security unit. Source:– Prison-Illness

. August 3, Pottstown Mercury – (Pennsylvania) Berks County 911 back up after outage. The Berks County, Pennsylvania 9-1-1 system went down for almost 2 hours August 2, when a piece of equipment failed along with all of the redundancies put into place for such an instance. The equipment that failed was a Verizon controller, said the chief operating officer of Berks County. The manager of media relations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey for Verizon said the issue stemmed from software for call routing. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency was notified and the county put out messages on its Web site and to the media urging residents to dial the non-emergency, 10-digit number for 9-1-1 services. A 9-1-1 senior watch officer said some staffers were sent to a different, back-up location to take calls and he said some remained at the center for the rest of the day to “ride it out” in case a new outage occurred. During the down-time, 155 calls were missed, the chief operating officer of Berks County said. Source: 911-back-up-after-outage&pager=full_story

. August 3, San Francisco Chronicle – (California) Oakland police targeted by vandals. Vandals damaged two Oakland, California police cars near city hall and attempted to break a window at a police station early August 2 in a coordinated attack to protest a federal investigation into anarchist activity. A group calling itself the East Bay Uncontrollables said in an online post it was responsible for pouring glass etching fluid on the windshields of two unmarked police cars outside a police recruitment center in Frank Ogawa Plaza, slashing the tires on one vehicle, and splashing the acidbased fluid across the center’s windows. In a separate pre-dawn incident, another vandal claimed to have damaged a window at a law enforcement station near Lake Merritt. An Oakland police officer at the recruitment center confirmed the attack August 3 and said no suspects were detained. The East Bay Uncontrollables said the attacks were designed to protest a Seattle grand jury’s investigation into vandalism during May Day protests, “and to continue our struggle against the forces of the State and Capital at home.” Source: 3761360.php

. August 3, Huntsville Item – (Texas) Inmate seriously injured in riot. An inmate suffered a serious injury during a riot at the Estelle Unit in northeast Walker County, Texas July 31. The inmate was taken to a hospital in Houston where he was in critical condition with a head injury, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman. Late July 31, correctional officers responded to a fight involving approximately 73 medium-custody inmates in the K1 housing area at the Estelle Unit. The officers were able to get the situation under control by using chemical agents. Source:

. August 3, KXLY 4 Spokane – (Washington) 911 service out in northern Spokane County, Stevens County. Century Link Cable reported that 9-1-1 service was out for Deer Park and Springdale. Someone accidentally cut through their fiber wire 12 miles north of Spokane, Washington, disrupting the service, KXLY 4 Spokane reported August 3. The Spokane Combined Communications Center said the problem was more widespread impacting northern Spokane County as well as Stevens County. Emergency officials worked with phone providers to identify the magnitude of the problem and resolve it. Stevens County Fire District 1 and Spokane County Fire District 4 stations from Deer Park to the north staffed their stations to assist citizens. Source: spokane-county-stevens-county

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