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Friday, September 12, 2008

Notes on Ike/Traincrash

I am right now looking at the KHOU-TV/Houston Stormtracker. It is a remarkable application and whoever installed it at the KHOU website should get a medal.

It is about 8:34 in LA..half past 10 in Houston. That city is getting the brunt of the storm right now. The strongest squalls are in the Houston area as I speak with winds at 75mph+. Thos wids extemd all the way from Port O'Connor, TX to just outside of Lake Charles, LA. This is one massive mutha.

One kid already died when a tree fell on him. He will be forever 10.

The storm is bringing wind and rain as far north as Dallas, as far east as Baton Rouge, and as far west as San Antonio. The eye should hit Galveston by Midnight Texas time.

We also had tragedy here in LA. As many as 15 people have died in a crash between a commuter train and a frieght. About 30 people were injured and there may be more dead bodies in the wreckage.

According to KABC-TV/Los Angeles:

Both trains were derailed Friday afternoon. Seven freight cars derailed, and the locomotive and one passenger car of the Metrolink train were knocked over. The collision occurred at approximately 4:25 p.m. The cause of the collision was not known.

The collision happened near Rinaldi Street, east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and west of Canoga Avenue near Stoney Point Park, just south of the 118 Freeway near the Ventura County line. Firefighters set up a triage staging area at the park.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa arrived on scene later in the evening for a briefing from incident officials. He spoke to reporters at the triage area in the park.

Mayor Villaraigosa estimated there were more than 300 L.A. City firefighters on scene, five county helicopters, in addition to multiple L.A. Police Dept. assets. There is a citywide tactical alert in effect until the crisis is resolved.

Mayor Villaraigosa estimated there may be as many as 10 to 15 fatalities and 50 to 60 injuries, but those numbers were not confirmed.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=6388256

It's been a rough day.

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