Auburndale Man Jumps From Overpass Onto I-4

The man, whose identity has not yet been released, jumped from the overpass at 7:07 a.m. today, the FHP said. He was struck by a Ford pickup traveling east driven by Sean Klotzbach, 42, of Dover. He was declared dead at the scene.

The crash closed all eastbound lanes of I-4 at SR 559. Traffic was diverted at the exit of SR 559 and allowed to re-enter I-4 on the eastbound on-ramp. This created a mileslong traffic backup.

FHP expects to reopen the eastbound lanes about 10 a.m.

This post will be updated.

Plant City man dead after single vehicle crash on I-4

PLANT CITY — A Plant City man died early Saturday morning after he lost control of his truck on Interstate 4 near McIntosh Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

George J. Durden, 29, of Plant City, was driving westbound on I-4 west of McIntosh Road at a high rate of speed just after midnight Saturday, troopers said.

Durden lost control and the Ford F-150 truck overturned several times in the median, troopers said. Durden and his passenger, Kasie M. Durden, 27, of Plant City, were ejected from the truck.

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George J. Durden died at the scene, troopers said.

His passenger was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Neither were wearing seat belts.

The crash is under investigation.

One dead, 4 injured in chain-reaction crash on I-435

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

One person is dead and four others are injured after a five-car crash.

All lanes of southbound Interstate 435 at Bannister Road are back open after they were closed for more than three hours as Kansas City police investigated the fatal crash.

The wreck happened just after midnight Wednesday. Police said a car was speeding and weaving through traffic, hit two other cars and then the median.

A minivan stopped to avoid the wreck but was rearended by another car. The driver of the last car involved died.

While police were investigating the accident, a driver drove around the barricade closing the highway and drove through the accident scene.

Police stopped that driver after he got about halfway through and arrested him.

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One Dead in Rollover Accident on I-70

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - One person is dead after a serious accident on Interstate-70 eastbound late Monday night. 

Troopers with the Maryland State Police Frederick barrack responded to the single-vehicle accident just east of Monument Road.

Investigators determined that a truck pulling a flatbed trailer lost control and went off the roadway.

The tractor trailer rolled over, trapping the driver inside. 

State police say the driver was pronounced dead on scene.

Interstate-70 eastbound was closed for several hours. The roadway finally reopened at 4 a.m. Monday morning.

One Dead in I-70 Crash

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - One person is dead after a serious accident on Interstate-70 eastbound late Monday night. 

Troopers with the Maryland State Police Frederick barrack responded to the single-vehicle accident just east of Monument Road.

Investigators determined that a truck pulling a flatbed trailer lost control and went off the roadway.

The tractor trailer rolled over, trapping the driver inside. 

State police say the driver was pronounced dead on scene.

Interstate-70 eastbound was closed for several hours. The roadway finally reopened at 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Woman Killed, 4 Hurt After 7 Car Crash On I-95 In Norwood

NORWOOD (CBS) – A woman was killed and four other people were hurt in an accident involving seven cars on Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning.

It happened in the northbound lanes before the Neponset Street exit in Norwood just after 2 a.m.

In a statement, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said the crash was “a series of three consecutive collisions at the same spot.”

It was “triggered when a 2004 Audi A4 lost control, struck the guardrail and spun around, so that it was facing oncoming traffic.”

It was then hit by a 2008 Cadillac DTS with four people inside it. One of the passengers, Elefthria Pantekidis, 71, of Jamiaica Plain, died. The driver, Haralambos Kosmidis, 75, of Jamaica Plain, and two other passengers were hurt.

The driver of the Audi, Milton McCarthy, 23, of Dorchester, was seriously injured. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

It’s not clear yet what caused the crash.

No charges have been filed at this point in the investigation.

California bus crashes leave 1 dead, dozens hurt

California bus crashes leave 1 dead, dozens hurt
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FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 64-year-old woman who was killed when a bus that was headed to a casino crashed on a Southern California freeway.

The San Diego County medical examiner said Friday that Tayde Murguia of Los Angeles was killed when a bus overturned on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook.

The vehicle was heading from Los Angeles to the Valley View Casino Hotel. Nineteen others were injured, six of them seriously.

Two other buses crashed in Southern California on Thursday, injuring dozens of others.

The causes of the crashes in Riverside and San Diego counties remain under investigation. Authorities say in each instance it was either raining or the roadways were slick from downpours.


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1 dead in crash with semi on I-4 – Daytona Beach News

The identity of the 61-year-old woman from Southport, N.C., has not been released pending notification of her family, said Sgt. Kim Montes, FHP spokeswoman.

An alcohol test is pending, troopers said.

According to Montes, the woman was eastbound on I-4 in her SUV. A driver behind the woman called FHP dispatchers to report that the SUV was driving erratically. The caller was still on the telephone when the SUV ran off the road and slammed into the back of the semi parked on the shoulder of the road at 8:38 a.m., Montes said.

“The semi was completely off the travel lanes on the right shoulder,” Montes said. “For unknown reasons the SUV driven by the woman left the road and crashed into the back of the semi.”

Montes said she did not immediately know why the semi was parked on the shoulder of the road.

“At this point we don’t know why the woman ran off the road,” Montes said. “It could have been a medical condition, or she may have been under the influence or some other reason but we don’t know right now.”

The woman had two dogs in the vehicle. The dogs — one of them injured — were taken to Halifax Humane Society, Montes said.

The crash tied up traffic for a five-mile stretch between DeLand and Daytona Beach.

Law enforcement officials communicating over their radios said they sat for more than two hours in traffic before motorists were able to move.

The wreck, at Mile Marker 125, was in a construction zone that was the site of many crashes earlier this year but the Florida Department of Transporation made changes to improve safety. The conditions created by the construction zone do not appear to be a factor in Tuesday’s crash, Montes said.

Initial reports to dispatchers indicated that the roof of the woman’s vehicle was torn off.

The driver of the semi, William Bryan, 54, of Jacksonville, was not injured, Montes said.

Mother on crashed plane led searchers to wreckage – wistv.com – Columbia …

By DAN JOLING
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A mother on board a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska made a frantic phone call for help resuscitating her 5-month-old baby, then left the fatally injured boy to lead searchers hampered by cold and fog to the crash site.

Melanie Coffee, 25, of Mountain Village walked nearly a mile toward lights in the village of Saint Marys to meet rescuers Friday night.

“I believe she’s the real hero in this,” said Saint Marys Village Police Officer Fred Lamont Jr., one of the dozens from his community and surrounding villages who responded to the crash that killed four and injured six.

The Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 turboprop left Bethel at 5:40 p.m. on a scheduled flight for Mountain Village and eventually Saint Marys.

Saint Marys, like scores of other Alaska villages, is off the state road system. People routinely use small aircraft to reach regional hubs where they can catch another plane to complete trips to Anchorage or other cities.

Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, said the airplane would have been flying in freezing rain with a mile of visibility and a 300-foot ceiling. Lamont described conditions as ice fog with moisture that stuck to vehicles.

The airplane never reached Mountain Village. It crashed around 6:30 p.m. four miles from Saint Marys, said Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska.

Pilot Terry Hansen, 68, passengers Rose Polty, 57, Richard Polty, 65, and the infant, Wyatt Coffee, died in the crash.

The survivors included Melanie Coffee, Pauline Johnson, 37, Kylan Johnson, 14, Tanya Lawrence, 35, Garrett Moses, 30, and Shannon Lawrence. All were seriously injured and four were in critical condition, Lamont said. All but Hansen and Shannon Lawrence are from Mountain Village, troopers said. Hansen was from Bethel, according to troopers. Information wasn’t available about where Lawrence lived.

Lamont, the village police officer, is also trained as a health aide and was working with an ambulance driver Friday. At about 7 p.m., he said, Melanie Coffee called another on-duty health aide to say the airplane had crashed and she needed assistance.

“She was trying to do CPR to her newborn baby,” Lamont said. “She called for help.”

Lamont and the driver headed out in the ambulance to look for the crash. Other health officials put out the call for responders. Two state troopers assigned to the community joined the effort. People from Mountain Village and Pitka’s Point, which are connected to Saint Marys by local roads, helped search by car and snowmobile.

“Whoever had a vehicle was out there looking,” Lamont said

Fog hampered the search and responders could not immediately locate the crash site despite speaking to the injured.

“We had no clue,” Lamont said.

Coffee, who suffered chest trauma, tried whistling to alert searchers, Lamont said. She considered starting a fire to get their attention but eventually decided to start walking toward village lights. A GCI communications tower with a red strobe led her three-quarters of a mile to the village landfill.

“That’s where everyone found her,” Lamont said.

She led searchers back to the crash site. It was not accessible by snowmobile. Rescuers put the injured on stretchers and carried them out on foot to the landfill where they could be transported by ambulance to the village and then flown out.

A Coast Guard C-130 could not land because of fog but the injured were transported by a LifeMed Alaska flight and two other aircraft.

NTSB Investigator Clint Johnson said the cause of the crash has not been determined.

“It’s very much in the preliminary stages at this point,” he said.

Two investigators were on their way to Bethel on Saturday to meet troopers for transportation to the crash site. Reaching the wreckage would depend on weather and safety considerations, Peters said. No one was at the crash site Saturday morning.

“There’s no rush to get there,” Peters said. “There’s no reason to risk anyone’s life because no one’s life is in jeopardy.”

Hageland Aviation is part of the Era Group that includes Era Aviation. Hageland President Jim Hickerson said in a statement that the crash is “an unspeakable tragedy for us.”

“Hageland is working to gather information to answer questions and do what we can to ease the suffering of those involved in the accident,” he said.

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One Dead in Serious Accident on I-81 Southbound

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. – We have new updates on Thursday morning’s fatal accident on Interstate-81 southbound in Chambersburg.

Police released the identity of the woman killed in the crash as Ashely Brechbiel, 26, of Chambersburg.

Pennsylvania State Police say Brechbiel was traveling north on I-81, crossed over the grass median into the southbound side and struck a vehicle traveling southbound head-on. 

The second car overturned, but the driver did not sustain any serious injuries. 

Police say I-81 southbound between exits 20 and 24 in Franklin County was shutdown for five hours.

State Police are continuing to investigate. Stay with us for updates on this developing story.