Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. November 28, Associated Press – (Indiana) Bus vandalism closes Indiana school district. Authorities said thieves stole the batteries from more than two dozen buses belonging to an Indiana school district, leading it to cancel classes for the day. The damage to the Warren Township district buses was discovered about 5:30 a.m. November 28, after which district officials first delayed the start of school before deciding to call off classes. The district superintendent said at least 26 buses were damaged over the weekend. She said thieves cut cables to steal between 50 and 60 batteries from the buses, many of which have dual battery systems. The thieves apparently got in by cutting a hole in the barbed-wire fence surrounding the district’s bus facility on the east side of Indianapolis. Source:

. November 28, Associated Press – (New York; Connecticut) Metro-North to cut rail service in extreme winter. Metro-North and Connecticut transportation officials plan to cut rail service if extreme winter weather requires measures to protect rail cars. Connecticut Hearst Newspapers report that a draft plan has been developed that calls for Metro-North to more quickly reduce or suspend service during blizzard-like conditions and improve communications about service changes. A spokesman for the state department of transportation said officials are learning from 2010, when back-toback snow and ice storms plagued the New Haven Line. He said new railcars that are less sensitive to weather also should help improve reliability. However, he said the fleet is still dominated by older cars. A Metro-North spokesman said the railroad will suspend work revamping overhead wires, closing one rather than two tracks during the winter between Southport and Bridgeport. Source: winter-1.3350735 For more stories, see items 2, 3, 4, 35, and 43

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. November 28, WLEX 18 Lexington – (Kentucky) Lockdown at hospital lifted, investigation underway. Officials placed St. Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky, on lockdown November 27 after a family of five from Jackson County walked in suffering from symptoms apparently due to chemical contamination. Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the family of five drove themselves to the hospital. They arrived around 8 p.m., suffering from symptoms including throat irritation, shortness of breath, headache, and burning skin. Shortly after the family arrived, four emergency room workers, including a doctor, began experiencing similar symptoms. The hospital was temporarily placed on lockdown and all nine people were decontaminated in the hospitals decontamination area. All nine people were reportedly recovering. The lockdown was lifted November 29, and the emergency room was reopened. Investigators said they have not determined the exact source of the chemical. The family reported coming in contact with a stray pit bull shortly before experiencing the symptoms, and officials are looking into the dog as a possible source of the contamination. Source:

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