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US traffic deaths, once in decline, continue to rise in 2022

Aug. 17, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. traffic fatalities began to climb two years ago and that deadly trend is continuing in 2022. Roadway deaths rose 7% during the first three months of the year to 9,560 people, the highest number for a first quarter in two decades, according to estimates by the...

6 French tourists on plane that crashed into lake, killing 2

Aug. 16, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A small plane that plunged into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, killing two people and injuring five, was carrying six French tourists plus a pilot, authorities said Tuesday. Kane County Sheriff’s officials in Utah said witnesses reported...

Coroner: Central Illinois plane crash killed Santa Fe couple

Aug. 15, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A coroner Monday identified a Santa Fe, New Mexico, couple as the two people killed when a single-engine plane crashed on a roadway in central Illinois. Killed in the crash Saturday in the small community of Hanna City were 75-year-old pilot James Everson and...

FAA warns that staffing shortage will delay flights in NYC

Aug. 15, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it was reducing flights in the area around New York City because of lack of staffing. Departing and arriving flights could be delayed up to two hours at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark (New Jersey) Liberty...

Emergency funding provided for Death Valley flood repairs

Aug. 15, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $12 million has been made available to the National Park Service to repair flood damage to roads in Death Valley National Park, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration said Monday. Most roads in the...

Airplane part falls from sky, nearly hits man in Maine

Aug. 15, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A metal object believed to have fallen from a trans-Atlantic jet came crashing down outside the Maine State House, landing with a loud bang just feet from a Capitol Police worker, officials said Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted Friday...

Plane plunges into lake at Arizona-Utah border, killing 2

Aug. 15, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A small plane plunged into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line over the weekend, killing two people and injuring five, authorities said Monday. The pilot of the single-engine plane reported an engine problem late Saturday afternoon before the Cessna...

Florida high speed train gets grant to improve safety

Aug. 15, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tracks used by the nation's deadliest railroad will see added fencing to keep pedestrians away and safety improvements at crossings under a $25 million federal grant announced Monday. Brightline and government officials announced the grant as the...

Plane bumps another while backing up at Boston airport

Aug. 13, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An airplane bumped into another plane while backing up at Logan International Airport in Boston, prompting an investigation. No one was injured when the two Delta Airlines planes collided at low-speed on Friday night, according to the Federal Aviation Administration,...

3 killed when small plane crashes in West Virginia

Aug. 12, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

METZ, W.Va. (AP) — Three people were killed when a small plane crashed in northern West Virginia, authorities said. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle told WV News that the pilot and two passengers were found dead at the scene. The aircraft was found “on a steep incline in a...