Commuter train crashes into parked train, injuring dozens
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a transit spokeswoman said.
None of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries, said Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. “Some were considered walking wounded,” she said.
An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Redfern said hours later that the train operator had been treated at a hospital and released.
An NTSB photo of the train that was rear-ended showed only what appeared to be light damage.
The accident resulted in some delays for commuters.
Illinois man charged in crash that killed mother, 3 sons
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man who killed a pregnant woman and her three children last month when he crashed his pickup truck into their vehicle has been arrested and charged with felony reckless homicide, authorities announced Tuesday.
In a news release, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office and the county sheriff’s department also said that 25-year-old Sean Woulfe of Beecher was being held in the county jail. A judge on Tuesday set his bond on the arrest warrant at $1 million.
Prosecutors say Woulfe was driving through Beecher, about 40 miles south of Chicago, when his truck slammed into a sport utility vehicle that 29-year-old was driving to Bible classes for her children. Schmidt and her 19-month-old son, Kaleb Schmidt, were pronounced dead at the scene. Four-year-old Weston Schmidt died the next day and 6-year-old Owen Schmidt died two days after the crash.
Prosecutors charged Woulfe with reckless homicide in the deaths of Schmidt, her children and her unborn child. In the news release, they explain that he was charged with reckless homicide because he was driving more than 20 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit and that he failed to stop at a stop sign.
If convicted, prosecutors say Woulfe faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney. The state’s attorney’s office said that Woulfe is scheduled to appear in court, via closed circuit video, today.
Bourbon, pizzas and now spaghetti sauce cover Arkansas roads
CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — It’s a smorgasbord on Arkansas highways, with the third food spill in as many weeks.
A truck driver distracted by a GPS unit crashed near the intersection of U.S. 278 and Arkansas 24 at Camden early Monday and spilled a truckload of spaghetti sauce. On Aug. 2, a tank car filled with bourbon crashed on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas and motorists on Interstate 30 had to leave the highway at Little Rock on Aug. 9 after a truck accident left frozen pizzas scattered about.
Camden police Sgt. Cory Sanders said the spaghetti sauce truck was headed to Dallas about 3 a.m. when its driver became distracted, then overcorrected and rolled over after crossing the center line of the highway. Sanders said the driver suffered minor injuries.