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Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 3:16 PM
LACEY, Wash. — City leaders in Lakewood, South Sound residents and members of the media had warned that the Point Defiance Bypass route, on which numerous people were killed or injured when an Amtrak Cascades passenger train derailed Monday near Lacey, could lead to fatal accidents and traffic disruptions.
Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed Monday morning during its inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass route. The train left the tracks on an Interstate 5 overpass in Pierce County, slamming into cars and throwing passengers and crew members. Authorities confirmed that multiple people were killed, but they declined to say how many by early Monday afternoon.
The editorial board of The News Tribune in Tacoma questioned in 2013 whether the new line, which shaved about 10 minutes off the Seattle-to-Portland route, was worth the threat to public safety.
“A train accident on tracks near I-5 easily could create backups stretching miles in both directions,” the editorial board wrote. “Is making the train ride to Portland 10 minutes quicker worth the threat to public safety and all the disruption it will create for thousands of drivers? Is the state really that desperate for federal rail funds?”
The new high-speed route takes trains inland and runs parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Dupont, separating passenger trains from freight trains that continue to use a waterfront route. It’s the same route that Sound Transit uses for its Sounder commuter train, but that is not a high-speed train.
The News Tribune was not alone in its fear of what could happen.
The city of Lakewood sued Amtrak to stop the rerouting, and Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and some residents in the area have long voiced their concerns about the danger.
At a city meeting on Dec. 5, Anderson said he believed the trains were too close to traffic and pedestrians.
“Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens,” Anderson said at the city meeting.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
— A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun.
At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun.
The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.
After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire.
The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said.
She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:09 PM
PANMUNJOM, Demilitarized Zone, South Korea — A historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea got underway Friday in what could lead to an end to the decadeslong rivalry and years of suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.
The two nations seemed on the brink of war just a few short months ago, but now in an extraordinary about face, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are meeting at the Presidential Blue House in the Joint Security Area in the border village of Panmunjom.
It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the Demilitarized Zone, news outlets reported.
Moon, an advocate of peace between the two countries, and Kim, supreme leader of the communist north since 2011, are expected to focus on three main topics --denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a peace settlement and improved relations, but denuclearization is expected to dominate the discussions, according to The Associated Press.
It’s unclear whether the closed-door meeting between Moon and Kim will lead to any progress in persuading the North Korean dictator to shut down his nuclear weapons program, something that has eluded the South and world leaders for years.
The summit precedes a meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim, which is expected in May or June.
At the truce village where North and South Korean leaders will meet for a historic summit, everything from the dessert on the menu to the artwork on the walls is full of symbolism https://t.co/pPLqB67Xjl— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 26, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM
WASHINGTON — An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.
Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians.
But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.
WATCH: bystanders work together to lift the car off pedestrians pinned beneath the vehicle at 9th & K Street. Their quick actions likely the reason no one was killed in this crash. pic.twitter.com/9SOmlJRQsQ— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) April 24, 2018
WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.
Update crash with pedestrians struck 9th St X NY Ave NW. 2 vehicle collision with 1 that ran into sidewalk. We are transporting 4 pedestrians with serious injuries to area hospitals. No injuries to occupants of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/6yvIwYoWwe— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 24, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
— Amazon is increasing its membership fee for its Prime subscription service by 20 percent starting next month, according to media reports.
On an earnings conference call Thursday, the tech company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said the increase takes effect May 11, MarketWatch reported.
“We're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members," Olsavsky said.
Existing Prime members will have until June 16 to renew their membership for the year for $99.
Last week, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that for the first time, Prime has some 100 million members.
Amazon announced in January that it would increase the $99 cost for monthly Prime subscriptions for the first time in about four years.