Infrastructure Daily News 10.07.11

Transportation Sector

. October 6, Southeast Missourian – (Missouri) Derailment near Nash Road disrupts train traffic. A train that derailed October 5 near Nash Road in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, caused disruptions in railway traffic. Fifteen empty cars on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed around 3 p.m. at railroad mile marker 139, said a firefighter with the Delta Fire Department. The train was not a passenger train, and no hazardous materials were spilled. The firefighter did not know the cause of the derailment. The derailment was backing up railway traffic on that track, he said. Crews from St. Louis were to start cleaning up the cars around 9 p.m. October 5. Source:

. October 6, Grand Island Independent – (Nebraska) Bus/semi crash on I-80 injures 41. Five people remain hospitalized following an accident on Interstate 80 near Gibbon, Nebraska, involving two semi trucks and a bus early October 6. The driver of a Burlington Trailways bus was in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). One bus passenger was listed in serious condition, and two other passengers were in fair condition. The driver of the semi trucks, was also in fair condition. The crash was caused when a westbound semi tractor trailer hauling dry cereal drifted into the median and overturned on the roadway when the driver overcorrected, a NSP communications supervisor said. The accident occurred around 2 a.m., 2 miles east of the Gibbon interchange. The overturned truck and trailer blocked both westbound lanes. A second semi clipped the trailer of the overturned truck and came to rest upright in the north ditch, the NSP spokesman said. The bus was traveling in the west passing lane and unable to stop before it collided with the overturned semi. The bus, which was traveling from Omaha to Denver, came to rest upright in the median. The driver of the overturned trailer, and all 41 people on the bus were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The westbound lanes of I-80 were closed from 2 to 6:30 a.m., but troopers remained at the scene after the road reopened. Source:

. October 6, Youngstown Vindicator – (Ohio) ‘Sunkink’ blamed for derailment. The CSX train derailment at the Fifth Street crossing on the south end of Niles, Ohio, July 30 was caused by what rail officials call “sunkink” — an expanding and bending of rail tracks as a result of heat. The 2:30 p.m. derailment, which did not require any evacuation or cause any injuries, resulted in $734,000 in damage to train equipment, track, signals, and structures, CSX reported to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Among the damage was destruction of the Fifth Street bridge, which carried vehicle traffic over the rail line between the Fifth Street neighborhood and Salt Springs Road. The bridge, owned by CSX, has been closed since the accident. Before the derailment, the bridge was heavily used by motorists traveling between Niles and Lordstown. CSX will replace the bridge this winter and expects it to be ready by spring, said the Niles grant and development coordinator. In its report to the FRA, CSX said 17 of its 50 train cars derailed. Only one of the cars was empty. The total weight was 5,468 tons. The train was traveling 52 miles per hour. Source:

. October 5, Beaver County Times – (Pennsylvania) Barge carrying gravel sinks in Ohio River. A barge carrying gravel sank October 5 in the Ohio River near the Emsworth Lock and Dam in Pittsburgh. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the tow boat captain contacted lock personnel around 6 p.m. when a barge began taking on water about a mile downstream from the lock. The spokesman said the barge sank in the navigation channel and was blocking river traffic exiting the lock. A river salvage company was contacted to raise the barge. Source: river/article_184b5308-c6e8-5ee5-a442-a2860e6da79f.html

21. October 5, Associated Press – (Washington) Loaded handgun in carry-on bag at Seattle airport. A federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman said TSA agents found a loaded handgun with extra ammunition in the carry-on bag of a man getting ready to board a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, to Minneapolis. The spokeswoman said Port of Seattle police arrested the man October 5 at a security checkpoint. She described the weapon as a .380-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds. A loaded spare clip was also found. Source: airport

22. October 4, WBZ 4 Boston – (Massachusetts) Flash flooding hits North Shore. Heavy rain and flash flooding surprised residents on the North Shore in Massachusetts October 4. In Swampscott, 5.5 inches of rain in 2 hours left basements flooded, cars stranded, and fields swamped. So many streets flooded in Peabody they were forced to cancel school October 4. The mayor declared a state of emergency. The fire department said 10 neighborhoods were flooded, which includes more than 100 homes. The police department’s garage was flooded, and some cruisers and motorcycles were damaged. Trucks at the Massachusetts Highway Depot on Route 1 were also underwater. Swampscott delayed the start of school 2 hours, and Salem State University canceled all classes because of the flooding. Source: hpt=us_bn4 For more stories, see items 3, 6, and 27

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. October 6, Paradise Post – (California) Magalia volunteer firefighter arrested in upper ridge arsons. California fire authorities arrested a 31-year-old Magalia volunteer firefighter October 4 on nine charges of arson, including the burning of three historic upper ridge buildings. He was arrested without incident by California Fire investigators at his Paradise business, the Cal Fire-Butte County unit chief said. He is suspected of intentionally sparking the fires that consumed the DeSabla Market and Lovelock Inn, and two attempts to burn the Magalia Depot. He is also suspected of burning a home on Columbine Road, and of starting three small vegetation fires, the unit chief said. The first of the fires was sparked July 30 and the most recent September 23. DeSabla Market, which included two buildings, one with a family living inside, was ignited about 4 a.m. August 4, while nearly simultaneously a small grass fire on Dogtown Road was reported. On September 5, the arsonist allegedly set a structure fire on Pinion Road, and the next day a home on Columbine was set afire. On September 18, it is alleged he struck Magalia Depot. Then came the Lovelock Inn in the early hours of September 20. On September 23, investigators allege he struck the Magalia Depot a second time. Source:

. October 5, California State Daily Sundial – (California) Emergency alerts delayed for some students, faculty and parents. Emergency alerts warning students, faculty, and parents of a possible gunman on the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus in Northridge, California, September 27 were sent around 11:45 a.m., over an hour after police were notified. However, some people admitted to not receiving the message until later in the day, if at all. A cinema and television arts professor said she did not receive her alert through SMS, or text, until 2:26 p.m., almost 3 hours later than other members of the campus community. Emergency alerts are sent directly from CSUN Police Services through Blackboard Connect, a mass notification service. The campus was not notified to lock their doors during the September 27 incident, but there is safety information posted around CSUN in case of an emergency. Source: and-parents/

. October 5, KTVX 4 Salt Lake City – (Utah) Utah inmates get botulism from alcohol brewed in jail. Health officials said 12 Utah State Prison inmates have been diagnosed with probable food-borne Botulism, KTVX 4 Salt Lake City reported October 5. The Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD) confirmed the illness was found in 12 inmates, and that eight were receiving treatment at a local hospital, while the other four were under medical observation at the prison. Health officials said all of the inmates consumed homemade alcohol brewed inside a cell at the prison. Initial reports suggested the alcohol was brewed in a toilet, but prison officials later confirmed the mixture was brewed in a plastic bag. It was not known where the inmates kept the bag hidden from guards. SLVHD officials said Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin produced by bacteria. Source: from-alcohol-brewed-in/vBfaaMNI6UiUkIkxIURU6Q.cspx

. October 5, WTVJ 6 Miami – (Florida) Ex-BSO detention deputy convicted in $100k credit card scam. A former deputy detention officer with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, Florida, has been convicted of conspiracy charges for her role in a $100,000 credit card scam, a U.S. attorney’s office announced. She faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors said she developed a relationship with a former inmate, who with others used identities stolen from mainly elderly victims to fraudulently apply for Chevron Visa cards. The officer allowed the inmate to use her address on the illegally opened credit card accounts, prosecutors said, and handed them over to the inmate when they arrived in the mail. Her sentencing is scheduled for December. Source: 100k-Credit-Card-Scam–131191308.html For more stories, see items 22 and 38

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