1. Train derailment
Nodding off?: The focus now is on the train’s engineer. William Rockefeller Jr. was at the controls Sunday when his train jumped the tracks in New York. The result was disastrous: four people killed and more than 60 injured. Federal safety officials say the commuter train was going almost three times the posted speed limit before it derailed. Early tests show there was nothing wrong with train’s brakes and signals around the tracks. And yesterday, a union rep connected to the case says the engineer “was nodding off and caught himself too late.” And that’s not all. Anthony Bottalico, the union representative, also says ”most people are leaning towards human error.” Someone wasn’t happy that the union rep revealed that information. Word came late last night that the union was booted out of the investigation.
2. Paul Walker’s death
60 seconds: The Porsche that actor Paul Walker was in erupted into flames a minute after it clipped a light pole, new video shows. And with that comes even more questions.Could Walker and Roger Rodas have made it out in those 60 seconds? Or were they killed on impact? What was going on in that smashed Porsche in that minute before the black smoke started rising? Could the popular “Fast & Furious” actor and his friend have been saved? It’s hard to tell. But we may get answers when the coroner’s office finally releases its preliminary findings of their autopsies. When that will happen is unclear. The autopsy was conducted yesterday, but the results have been put on hold.
3. Newtown 911 Calls
Sounds of fear: The Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage brought us images we’ll never forget. Police frantically evacuating kids from the school. Stunned parents waiting, tearfully. Today, a year later, we will hear some sounds of that tragic day when a gunman stormed the Connecticut school, leaving 26 people dead. Audio recordings of 911 calls from that day will be released for the first time this afternoon. . The December 2012 shooting was the second-deadliest in U.S. history. The gunman, Adam Lanza, shot himself after his 11-minute rampage. Not everybody is happy that the tapes will be made public. A prosecutor had argued they shouldn’t be released to protect the families of victims.
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