Infrastructure Daily News 10.03.12

Transportation Sector

. October 2, Associated Press – (California) Amtrak: Crossing gate down in Calif. train crash. The crossing gate was down, lights were flashing and bells were ringing when a big rig crashed into a passing Amtrak passenger train October 1 near Hanford, California, an Amtrak official said. An Amtrak spokeswoman said 39 people on the train from Oakland to Bakersfield were injured. The truck hit the train being pushed by the locomotive between the locomotive and the last car. Authorities described the injuries as mostly bumps and bruises, although the spokeswoman said at least one person suffered a broken leg. The driver of the big rig went through the warning arms and hit the train before his truck overturned, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The impact from the truck pushed two of the train’s four cars and its locomotive off the tracks. The train traveled about 600 feet after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing, the CHP said. Officials have not determined how fast the train or the truck were going, but the average speed for Amtrak through the area is 70 mph to 80 mph, while the speed limit on the roadway where the truck was traveling is 55 mph, according to the CHP. The track reopened October 2 after crews replaced hundreds of feet of damaged track and some signal equipment, a BNSF Railway spokeswoman said. BNSF owns the line. Source: Ov7EIA?docId=e163a35665544b2fb6e9bb7a34faf434

. October 2, Associated Press – (National) American Airlines inspects jets after passenger seats break loose in mid-flight on 3 planes. American Airlines said passenger seats on a third flight came loose as the plane was airborne, and it was continuing to inspect other jets with similar seating. The airline acknowledged October 2 that seats came loose on a flight the week of September 24 between Vail, Colorado, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. The same thing happened on a flight September 29 and another October 1. An American Airlines spokeswoman said the airline is inspecting eight of its Boeing 757s that share similar seat assemblies. An initial review by American indicated that there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into tracks on the floor of the Boeing 757, but technical teams from the airline “are looking at everything,” she said. The planes involved in the incidents were recently worked on at an American Airlines maintenance base in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Timco Aviation Services facility in North Carolina. The Federal Aviation Administration said it is looking into the incidents. Source: planes-after-seats-come-loose-on-at-least-2-jets/2012/10/01/7733e732-0c28- 11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html

. October 2, WSFA 12 Montgomery – (Alabama) I-85 and I-65 traffic blocked overnight. All lanes of traffic on I-85 were opened October 2 after a tractor trailer started leaking a hazardous chemical near the Tuskegee exit October 1 in Montgomery, Alabama shut down all lanes of the highway for many hours. The substance was believed to be silicone tetra fluoride. The spill was cleared. I-65 was also re-opened October 2 after a vehicle fire caused one northbound and one southbound lane to be blocked overnight near the Hyundai Boulevard exit. A small U-Haul truck carrying approximately 100 gallons of paint and adhesive caught fire. The fire was contained to the cab of the truck and did not damage the cargo in the rear of the truck. Source:

. October 2, CNN – (Illinois; International) American Airlines plane makes emergency landing. An American Airlines flight from Chicago to London made an unscheduled landing October 2 at Shannon Airport in Ireland after a passenger reported a smoky odor, an airline spokesman said. American Airlines Flight 98, a Boeing 777-200 carrying 246 passengers and 14 crew members, was diverted as a precaution, he said. An inspection revealed the odor was coming from an overhead fan that had overheated, the spokesman noted. The head of operations for Shannon Airport said such technical diversions are not uncommon. Source: index.html?hpt=hp_t3 For another story, see item 47

Postal and Shipping Sector

Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. October 2, Associated Press – (Arizona) Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting October 2 in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, according to the Border Patrol. The agents were shot while patrolling on horseback in Naco, Arizona, October 2, the Border Patrol said in a statement. The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to the president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said a Cochise County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. Authorities have not identified any suspects, she said. It is not known whether the agents returned fire. The wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital after being shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Border Patrol said. That agent was in surgery and expected to recover said the union president. Source: border.html For more stories, see items 5 and 36