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December 2nd, 2013
05:38 AM ET

4 Killed, 67 Injured in Deadly Train Derailment in NY

A commuter train derailed in a curve in the New York borough of the Bronx on Sunday, killing four people and leaving dozens hurt, investigators said.

All seven passenger cars and the locomotive jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station, about 10 miles north of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, the National Transportation Safety Board reported. Three of the dead were thrown out of the train as it "came off the track and was twisting and turning," New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters.

Surviving passenger Amanda Swanson told CNN the windows of the coaches broke out, and "the gravel came flying up in our faces."

"I really didn't know if I would survive," said Swanson, who put her bag in front of her face to block the rubble. "The train felt like it was on its side and dragging for a long time. ... The whole thing felt like slow motion."

The train was en route to Grand Central from Poughkeepsie, 74 miles up the Hudson River, when it derailed about 7:20 a.m., NTSB member Earl Weener said Sunday. At least 67 people were injured, said Joe Bruno, New York's commissioner of emergency management, and 11 remained in critical condition Sunday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters.

July 25th, 2013
06:20 AM ET

Deadly Derailment in Spain kills 77, Injures 100

In Spain, an occasion for celebration turned into tragedy overnight.

At least 77 are dead and more than 100 injured after a high-speed passenger train crashed and almost snapped in two in northwestern Spain on Wednesday.

“About a third of the people who got on that train in Madrid yesterday are now dead,” CNN’s Al Goodman reports over the phone.

“A court official tells CNN that number is expected to rise. We’re hearing that they still have some train cars to look at.”

That deadly derailment happened just one day before the patron saint day of St. James, Santiago.

 “There are dozens and dozens of people who wounded on what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of the year…It’s a big tragedy instead.

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June 14th, 2013
05:36 AM ET

Deck collapses at Miami restaurant; 3 in critical condition – John Zarrella reports

A festive scene at a popular Miami sports bar turned frightening last night when a waterfront deck, packed with people watching the NBA finals, collapsed into Biscayne Bay.

Authorities say two-dozen victims were pulled from the water, three suffering "critical injuries".

CNN’s John Zarrella is following the latest from the scene at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, Florida.

“Everything seemed to collapse from one side to the other,” Zarrella reports, which witnesses say happened without warning. “Fortunately the water is very, very shallow there.”

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June 13th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Car strikes young mother and 8-month-old on sidewalk – Mary Snow reports

A young mother in New York City nearly lost her eight month old daughter. She was pushing the young child in a stroller Tuesday afternoon when a livery cab jumped a curb and crashed into them on a sidewalk.

The shocking scene was captured on surveillance video. Mary Snow shows us what happened.

“Both mother and daughter escaped serious injury,” Snow reports. “After spending a night in the hospital for observation baby Perla is lucky to be home safe after this frightening collision."

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June 13th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

Maintenance workers stranded 45-stories high in scaffolding incident – John Berman reports

Two maintenance workers were stranded when their scaffolding snapped 45-stories above a Manhattan street yesteday. The Hearst Tower has a unique zigzag shape and requires a complex window-washing scaffold. That made getting the men to safety even trickier. John Berman has the story.

“Neither of the men were injured in Wednesday's incident,” Berman says. “And authorities say people below were never in danger. The scaffold was firmly secured the entire time."

However, working with scaffolding is a dangerous profession. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 60 deaths and about 4,500 high-rise related injuries each year.”

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March 18th, 2013
06:04 AM ET

NTSB to investigate why corporate jet slammed into row of homes in South Bend, Indiana – Jim Spellman reports


A corporate jet, sheared in half - its nose poking through the front window of a shattered home.

Such was the scene in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood Sunday when a Hawker Beechcraft 390 slammed into a row of single-story homes, damaging three.

Two of the four people aboard the plane died on impact. The other two were injured, as was one person on the ground, Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said late Sunday.

The plane was attempting to circle back around to the city's regional airport after a failed landing attempt when it crashed along Iowa Street.

Moments earlier, the plane's pilot had radioed for help, CNN affiliate WNDU-TV reported.

CNN's Jim Spellman reports on the latest, including details on the NTSB's investigation, on "Early Start" this morning.

READ MORE: Plane crashes into Indiana neighborhood, kills 2

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March 13th, 2013
07:28 AM ET

Teen driving deaths on rise as 15 teens killed in three accidents in three days – George Howell reports

Recent news of teen driving deaths across the country have brough the issue of car safety to the forefront. George Howell takes a look the statistics this morning on "Early Start."

“When you look at the stats about teenagers and safety on these roads, the stats are alarming,” Howell says. According to the CDC, “teenagers are three times more likely to be involved with fatal wrecks.” 

In fact, "three tragic car wrecks in three different states claimed the lives of 15 teenagers in a matter of just three days,” Howell reports. The leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 20, deadly car accidents have seriously raised the issue of car safety among teen drivers. Driving instructors are now hoping these tragedies will send a message to their young students around the country.

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March 11th, 2013
07:01 AM ET

6 teens killed, 2 injured in SUV crash into pond – Shannon Travis reports


Six teenagers were killed and two other people were injured when the SUV they were in struck a guardrail, turned over and went into a pond, officials said.

The single-vehicle accident took place near Warren, in northeastern Ohio, on Sunday morning, according to Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The teens, age 14 to 19, were traveling in a Honda Passport.

Shannon Travis reports the latest on "Early Start" this morning.

READ MORE: 6 teens killed, 2 injured when crash sends SUV into pond

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February 4th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Bus crash in California kills 8, injures dozens – Paul Vercammen reports

A bus crash in California is a breaking news story this morning. At least eight people were killed and dozens more were injured when a tour bus struck a pickup truck and rolled over on a treacherous mountain highway in California. This happened in San Bernardino county about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

More than seven ambulances were called to the scene—the road is so narrow that rescue workers have had a difficult time reaching the victims. CNN'S Paul Vercammen reports live in San Bernardino County, California for "Early Start" with the latest.

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