Deadly Jupiter crash on I-95 Kills 2 People

August 16, 2009 by  
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Two people are dead after a crossover accident on I-95, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened just south of Indiantown Road near Jupiter.


Officials say a red pickup truck crossed the median hitting a Toyota carrying the two victims.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical center with non-life threatening injuries.


3 teens killed in Stuart car crash

August 4, 2009 by  
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— The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the three people killed early Tuesday morning during a crash at Cove Road and Federal Highway.


Troopers identified the driver as 18-year-old Nicholas P. Coady of Stuart. Connor William Graver, 16, of Hobe Sound and Christopher Harold Briglio, 18, of Tequesta, were passengers in the vehicle.

“We do believe alcohol played a part in the crash. There’s no doubt that it did,” said FHP Lt. Chris Cribbs.

The crash happened just after 2:15 a.m. when an SUV, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into a front-end loader working in a construction zone west of the intersection, according to officials at the scene.

Two people in the SUV were dead at the scene, and a third, airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, died there a few hours later, Cribbs said. The driver of the front-end loader was not injured.

FHP officials said the construction vehicle had just dumped a load of dirt from the U.S. 1 area onto the south side of Cove Road as part of a widening project on Cove Road. The loader was backing up and trying to get off the road when the SUV, traveling reportedly at a high rate of speed, smashed into it head-on.

Cribbs said speed likely was a factor in the crash. The speed limit on Cove Road is 35 mph.

The SUV was destroyed, Cribbs said. The three dead are men from the Treasure Coast. FHP officials are still notifying their families. The men are thought to have just dropped off someone at a nearby home before the crash happened, Cribbs said.

It is unclear where the three were going at the time of the crash.

The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt; one passenger was not; and it is unclear if the third was wearing one, Cribbs said.

The yellow John Deere front-end loader was being hoisted onto a flat-bed truck trailer. The loader’s right rear tire appeared bent.

The crash woke nearby resident Harry Fenton, who heard screaming and yelling before falling back asleep, Fenton told WPTV NewsChannel 5. Fenton later heard a helicopter take off and eventually walked over to the scene.

“I looked at the car and I said, ‘My God,’ I said, ‘I don’t know how anybody could live through something like that,'” Fenton said. “It was just horrendous just the look of it the car being in a ball.”

China: pneumonic plague kills 2nd man

August 3, 2009 by  
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BEIJING – A second man has died of pneumonic plague in northwest China, in an outbreak that prompted authorities to lock down a town where about a dozen people were infected with the highly contagious deadly lung disease, a state news agency said.


The World Health Organization office in China said it was in close contact with Chinese health authorities and that measures taken so far to treat and quarantine sickened people were appropriate.

The man who died Sunday was identified only as 37-year-old Danzin from Ziketan, the stricken town in Qinghai province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Danzin was a neighbor of the first person who died, a 32-year-old herdsman whose name was not given. Another 10 people, mostly relatives of the first deceased man, were infected and undergoing isolated treatment in hospital, Xinhua said in a report late Sunday.

The town of 10,000 people has been sealed off and a team of experts was sent to the area, the local health bureau said Sunday, warning that anyone with a cough or fever who visited the town since mid-July should seek treatment at a hospital.

A food seller surnamed Han at the Crystal Alley Market in Ziketan said authorities have said homes and shops should be disinfected and residents should wear masks when they go out. He said 80 percent of shops in the town were closed and prices of disinfectants and some vegetables have tripled.

“People are so scared. There are few people on the streets,” Han said by telephone. “There are police guarding the quarantine center at the township hospital but not on the streets.”

The situation in Ziketan was stable, said an official surnamed Wang at the local disease control center, who added the measures taken were “scientific, orderly, effective and in accordance with the law.”

A woman who lives in Ziketan, who refused to give her name, said county officials distributed flyers and made TV and radio announcements on how to prevent infection. The woman contacted by phone said police checkpoints were set up in a 17-mile (28-kilometer) radius around Ziketan and residents were not allowed to leave.

Pneumonic plague is spread through the air and can be passed from person to person through coughing, according to the World Health Organization. It is caused by the same bacteria that occurs in bubonic plague — the Black Death that killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Bubonic plague is usually transmitted by flea bite and can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early. Pneumonic plague is one of the deadliest infectious diseases, capable of killing humans within 24 hours of infection, according to the WHO.

People infected with pneumonic plague must be given antibiotics within 24 hours of first showing symptoms, while people who have had direct contact with those infected can protect themselves by taking antibiotics for seven days, according to the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The WHO’s spokeswoman in China, Vivian Tan, said China reported the first death and 11 other cases to the organization on Saturday.

“In cases like this, we encourage the authorities to identify cases, to investigate any suspicious symptoms among close contacts and to treat confirmed cases as soon as possible. So far, they have done exactly that, so at this point we don’t have any additional advice,” Tan said.

In 2004, eight villagers in Qinghai province died of plague, most of them infected after killing or eating wild marmots. Marmots are related to gophers and prairie dogs. They live in the grasslands of China’s northwest and Mongolia, where villagers often hunt them for meat.

MILWAUKEE: Strangers rush to save family from burning car

July 20, 2009 by  
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Off-duty firemen, policemen and perfect strangers rushed to save a family from their burning car Sunday evening.


A woman from Tennessee lost control of her van and crashed into a tree near 22nd Place and Layton Avenue between 5 and 6 p.m.

Neighbors rushed to help — some broke windows, others grabbed garden hoses and one man kept his video camera rolling.

When Jerry Lepkowski saw the smoke and flames he grabbed his video camera and ran toward the action. He had no idea he was about to record an amazing and heroic rescue.

Neighbors and drivers were the first people on the scene. Almost immediately they pulled a little girl from the burning minivan, but that was just the beginning.

With the girl’s mother and brother trapped inside, two men banged at the van’s window with metal pipes until it broke apart, freeing the mother.

That’s when two off-duty firefighters showed up and with a child still inside they rushed into the burning car.

Despite the lack of protective clothes and the blistering heat, the men scrambled to free the child from a seatbelt.

As the fire grew, an off-duty Milwaukee Police lieutenant showed up with two fire extinguishers and neighbors rushed in with garden hoses.

Another twenty seconds passed and just as it looks like the car is going to burn up one of the firefighters frees the 4-year-old boy.

He is badly burned, but alive, and was rushed away from the flames and sprayed down with cold water.

Neighbors said they are amazed everyone survived. “I would do it for my kids so that’s why I stopped to get in there,” Lepkowski said. “I’m still shaken, you know, but I’ll never forget it.

”One of the off-duty fire fighters had serious burns to his arm the other needed stitches. Milwaukee Police Lt. Mark Wroblewski received some minor burns.“The neighborhood really came out as well with hoses,” Wroblewski said. “It shows the true sprit of the city.

”The boy had burns on 30 percent of his body and is currently in critical condition at Children’s Hospital.The mother and sister escaped with minor injuries.

Ocean Ridge Head-on collision kills one person

July 19, 2009 by  
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OCEAN RIDGE — A Georgian woman died early this morning after a head-on collision with another car on Ocean Boulevard, authorities said.

Luci D. Menegolo, 55, of Kennesaw, Ga., was heading northbound on the 6800 block of Ocean Boulevard at about 2:12 a.m. today when, going around a curve in the road, she drove her car into the southbound lane and hit another car, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office. Menegolo, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from her car and died at the scene, according to the police report.

The other driver, Cherry M. Cheek, 49, of Boynton Beach, received minor injuries and was taken to Delray Medical Center.

Alcohol tests are pending for Menegolo.


Pahokee car crash leaves 1 person dead

July 12, 2009 by  
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A man was killed and a second was hurt in a single-car crash on Saturday morning, authorities said.

Ramiro A. Castillo, 32, of Belle Glade was killed when the Ford F-150 he was riding in passed a slower car, slid off the pavement at 2679 Bacom Point Rd. and crashed into a palm tree, according to a bulletin circulated this morning by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Castillo and a second occupant, Afredo Gamez, 44, of Belle Glade, were thrown from the truck on impact.

Castillo died where he fell.

Gamez was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where an update on his condition wasn’t immediately available.

Investigators had yet to determine which man was driving.

They suspect the men might have been drinking.

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