[Infrastructure Daily News 08.25.11

Transportation Sector

. August 24, CNN – (Florida) JetBlue flight lands safely after emergency. A JetBlue plane with 95 people on board landed safely in Orlando, Florida August 23 after the pilot declared an emergency, officials said. The pilot reported a problem with two of the plane’s brakes and the plane landed at Orlando International Airport about 10:05 p.m., an airline spokeswoman said. The plane was towed to a gate without incident, said a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman. Source: http://www.wdsu.com/r/28957723/detail.html

. August 24, WNYW Fox 5 – (New Jersey) Tour bus, tractor trailer crash on N.J. Turnpike. A tour bus driver died and more than a dozen people were injured in a crash involving a tour bus and a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County, New Jersey August 24. Two of the injuries were serious. About 14 other people were transported to area hospitals with less serious injuries, according to the New Jersey State Police. It happened in the southbound truck lanes in the early afternoon. The bus carried the company name DC Trails. It appeared to have run into the back of a truck, which ended up jack-knifed after the crash. Traffic was slowly getting through the crash scene near Exit 8A. Motorists were told to expect extensive delays in the area. Source: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/dozens-injured-in-new-jersey-turnpikecrash- mornoe-township-20110824-KC

. August 23, Associated Press – (Kansas) Train’s brakes suspected as cause of grass fires in south-central Kansas county. Hot brakes from a passing train are suspected as the cause of several grass fires in south-central Kansas. KWCH-TV reported that the fires broke out around 1:30 p.m. August 23 along a 12- to 15-mile stretch of railroad tracks in Harvey County, about 25 miles north of Wichita. Some homes in the rural area were evacuated as a precaution, and some outbuildings near the tracks went up in flames. Firefighters worked amid high winds and temperatures that reached 108 degrees by late afternoon. Crews from several neighboring departments were brought in to help fight the flames. Grass fires also broke out August 23 in Harper and Barber counties, southwest of Wichita. KWCH 12 Hutchinson said those fires were extinguished by late afternoon, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. Source: http://www.kwch.com/news/sns-ap-ks–kansas-grassfires,0,1191303.story

. August 23, Associated Press – (National) Thousands of travelers delayed by East Coast quake. Thousands of travelers flying to and from the East Coast were delayed August 23 by an earthquake that shook airport terminals, and forced the evacuation of air traffic control towers at some of the nation’s busiest airports. Immediately after the quake, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered planes at airports around the country to stay on the ground rather than fly to airports in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Virginia where traffic was temporarily halted. Among major airports in the region, only New York’s LaGuardia continued operations throughout the day. By late afternoon, traffic at all the airports was returning to normal, although delays were expected into the evening. Two hours after the earthquake, the FAA was still reporting delays at Newark Liberty International Airport and Reagan National Airport near Washington D.C. Flights leaving the Philadelphia airport also experienced delays of more than an hour. There were transportation snarls elsewhere along the East Coast as well. Amtrak reported train service along the Northeast Corridor between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., was operating at reduced speeds. Amtrak crews were inspecting stations and railroad infrastructure before returning to normal operation. Washington’s Union Station — which serves Amtrak, commuter trains and the Metro subway — was evacuated due to falling plaster. Metro officials said subway trains were undamaged, but were operating at reduced speeds. The towers at Kennedy, Newark, and Reagan National airports were evacuated during the quake, according to officials for the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Source: http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-travelers-delayed-east-coast-quake- 212122331.html

. August 23, Salt Lake Tribune – (Utah) Loaded gun gets passenger arrested at Salt Lake airport. Police at Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City arrested a passenger after a security officer found a loaded gun August 23. A news release from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said a TSA officer found the gun during an X-ray screening about 9:15 a.m. in Terminal 2. Airport police were called and arrested the man, TSA said. Source: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52443098-78/airport-arrested-gunpassenger. html.csp For more stories, see items 1, 2, 3, 37, and 58

Postal and Shipping Sector

. August 22, Philadelphia Daily News – (Pennsylvania) Mailman attacked by paintball gunmen. A mailman in Pennsylvania was attacked August 20 by men with paintball guns while on his delivery route in Germantown, Philadelphia, police said. Around 2 p.m., the 50-year-old postal worker was getting out of his mail truck when three men, who were between 18 and 20 years old, came at him from either side of his vehicle, according to police. Without saying a word, the men opened fire with paintballs. Police said the men shot the postal carrier several times in the face, arms, and back, and shot up the inside of the man’s truck. The suspects fled in a red Saturn without requesting or trying to take anything from the postman, according to police. Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dncrime/Mailman-attacked-by-paintballgunmen. html

Emergency Services Sector

. August 23, Emergency Management – (Virginia; District of Columbia) Virginia earthquake sets off wave of emergency tweets. The magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck August 23, in central Virginia was felt far and wide — from New York City to the Carolinas and west to Ohio. The emergency situation also demonstrated first responders’ and city officials’ sophisticated use of social media, especially Twitter. Many law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel began tweeting within minutes of the earthquake to disseminate information to the public. Washington, D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services agency reported on its Twitter feed @dcfireems that there had been damage to the National Cathedral and the Ecuador Embassy, and evacuations at the Old Soldiers Home. D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted it was “checking structures, priority given to schools, hospitals, senior [centers].” D.C. Fire and EMS reported on social media that it had received nearly 2,000 calls for service since 2 p.m. Eastern time. By comparison, the daily average is 450 in a 24-hour period. Initial reports also indicated cell phone service was down or disrupted in many areas affected by the earthquake, and in turn the public turned to social media to get information and connect with their friends and family. The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), used Twitter via @CraigatFEMA to urge people in affected areas to not use their cell phones: “FEMA is monitoring reports from earthquake, cell service busy in DC, try to stay off cell phone if it is not an emergency.” Source: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Virginia-Earthquake-Wave-of- Emergency-Tweets.html

. August 23, Northwest Indiana Times – (Indiana) Sheriff works to remodel safety into jail cells. The Lake County, Indiana sheriff is working toward a more suicide-proof jail. A sheriff’s employee August 23 was remodeling a Lake County Jail mental health ward cell by removing a ceiling vent’s steel grating because its openings were large enough to tie a noose from. A new vent cover with smaller holes was welded into place. A jail compliance officer for the sheriff said workmen also have removed clothes hangers from shower stalls, and will be removing the protruding sprinkler heads as well. “We have monitors who check these inmates every 15 minutes,” he added. The U.S. Department of Justice cited the jail 2 years ago for violating inmate civil rights through insufficient medical and mental health services that failed to properly screen and treat inmates who committed suicide. Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_423d079c-30e6-5c06-a399- b822d7c19474.html

. August 23, KTRK 13 Houston – (Texas) Galveston County to get new prison security system. Galveston County, Texas, could be setting the trend for security imaging systems at prisons and even airports around the country. The county is installing new thermal conductive infrared technology at its prisons to detect anything trying to be smuggled inside facilities, county officials said. The scanners reveal hidden objects by detecting the different temperatures between an object and clothing to easily identify foreign objects, including liquids, wood, plastic powder, pills, tobacco, shanks, tiny metal objects, and even cell phones. The county said the imaging system is more accurate and less intrusive than physical pat-downs and is safe for prisoners, guards and visitors, including pregnant women and babies. “The system is also being tested by the TSA for use in airports since it overcomes the radiation and privacy issues with existing whole body scanners,” the county said in a statement. Source: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8322898

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