Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. January 9, Associated Press – (Montana) Authorities turn to black box for answers in southwestern Montana bus crash that killed 2. Federal and state highway safety officials January 9 turned to a passenger bus’ black box for answers about what caused it to crash on an icy highway in western Montana, killing two passengers. All 32 other people onboard were injured after the Rimrock Trailways bus hit a patch of ice, spun around, and rolled onto its side on Interstate 90 about a mile west of Clinton shortly after 7 a.m. January 8. Eight people were in serious or critical condition January 9. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators and Montana Highway Patrol officials January 9 downloaded electronic information from the black box to determine the bus’ speed. The data will be used to help authorities determine whether the driver was negligent. The speed limit in the area is 75 mph, but Montana law requires motorists to travel at a speed that is safe for the conditions. A Highway Patrol spokesman said the initial estimated speed of the bus was 65 to 70 mph and that it slid 150 feet when it entered the median, but there were no skid marks on the highway to measure because of the ice. The crash closed an eight-mile stretch of I-90 in both directions, with injured passengers scattered in the eastbound lanes and tow trucks blocking the westbound lanes. Those suffering the worst injuries appeared to have been ejected when the bus slid on its side and bounced, breaking out the windows on the driver’s side. Four people were pinned under the bus, including the two who died, said a Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy. Authorities responded to seven other crashes that morning within 10 miles of the bus crash. One of those included a tractor-trailer that also turned on its side. The interstate was open again to traffic by evening. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/patrol-bus-that-crashed-on-icymontana- interstate-was-going-too-fast-2-killed-32- injured/2012/01/09/gIQAAxwNlP_story.html

. January 7, Northwest Indiana Times – (Indiana) Final report on train accident could take at least nine months. Federal officials are investigating a January 6 crash in Indiana involving three trains that left two crew members injured, but a final report will not be released for at least 9 months. The investigator-in-charge with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said a team of investigators from across the country is working on the crash that involved three CSX freight trains. Investigators are analyzing a variety of variables, including operations, signals, possible human error, and the track. However, he said the track had little to do with the crash. A train had stopped on the tracks about 1:18 p.m. around County Road 600 North and County Road 500 East to allow another train to run around it. A second train struck the stopped train from behind. The third train, which was supposed to go around the first train, struck the wreckage from the first two trains, the investigator said. Two crew members were injured. The NTSB team expects to be at the site for several days, he said. All three trains were headed to Chicago from either New Jersey or Ohio. While the investigator did not know exactly how many cars derailed, the first train had 77 cars, the second had 60 cars, and the third had 48 cars. The resident vice president for CSX Corporation said the company does not have a conclusive time frame yet for cleanup. However, he said, the track is a key arterial freight line for the company. Trains are being rerouted around the accident. No passenger trains use the route, he said. Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/duneland/jacksontownship/ federal-officials-to-release-train-accident-information-latertoday/ article_666b3095-508d-5338-8aca-09e4d9201741.html For more stories, see items 3 and 5

Postal and Shipping Sector

. January 7, Palm Springs Desert Sun – (California) Valley duo accused of data thefts from hundreds here, across the state. The Palm Spring Desert Sun reported January 7 the leaders of a fraud and theft ring run from homes in Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City stole mail from hundreds of people across California and used the information to create phony checks, credit cards, and identification. On December 15, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested two individuals who are charged with multiple counts, including possession of a controlled substance, burglary, forgery, and manufacturing and selling government IDs. Investigators said the couple is accused of going to elaborate lengths to steal mail, using a homemade contraption like a fishing pole to snag envelopes from locked mailboxes or simply grabbing mail from unlocked boxes. They allegedly broke into cars, grabbing whatever documents lay inside. Police have identified more than 200 victims, many from the Coachella Valley but also from cities including San Diego and Sacramento. Source: http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120107/NEWS0801/201070309/Police- Valley-duo-stole-data-from-hundreds-here-across-state?odyssey=obinsite

Emergency Services Sector

. January 8, Monroe News-Star – (Louisiana) Sheriff: Suspect wanted to kill police officers, be killed. A man man who reportedly told West Carroll Parish, Louisiana lawmen he wanted to kill enough of them so they would kill him remained in jail without bond January 8. The suspect was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, disturbing the peace, illegal use of a firearm, two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm by a felon. The West Carroll Parish sheriff said in a news release the drama started at 3:09 a.m. January 7, when a call came in about shots being fired. An Oak Grove Police officer who responded was shot at as he attempted to leave his vehicle. Several officers and the Oak Grove police chief responded. As the chief drove by, he was shot at by the suspect, the news release said. Eventually, Oak Grove and West Carroll deputies were able to subdue and extract the suspect from his vehicle. The suspect was then transported to the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked. Source: http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20120108/NEWS01/120108006

. January 6, WBNS 10 Columbus – (Ohio) 911 calls go unanswered in Chillicothe. A technical malfunction at a dispatch center in Chillicothe, Ohio caused 911 calls to go unanswered, WBNS 10 Columbus reported January 6. Officials from the center said the technical issues could be from a lightning strike last May, and from daily use. According to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, the city’s 911 dispatch line was down for 81 minutes January 2. During that timeframe, four calls were rolled over to the county’s 911 line, WBNS 10 Columbus reported. A dispatcher said the problem was a combination of a button on their touch screen computer not working and the dispatch operator not knowing how to fix the problem. City and county officials said they were still investigating. Source: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/01/06/chillicothe-911-calls-wentunanswered. html

. January 6, KUSA 9 Denver – (Colorado) Police impersonator sexually assaulted woman in Loveland. Investigators are searching for a man who posed as a police officer and then sexually assaulted a woman January 5 in Loveland, Colorado. Deputies said a woman in her 20s said she was stopped by a man in a dark sedan with a red light and he told her he was a police officer. Investigators said he then sexually assaulted the woman. He did not display any weapons. The woman said the man was driving a darkcolored, older-model police-style sedan. It had spotlights on both the driver and passenger sides. Source: http://www.9news.com/news/article/240457/222/Deputies-on-guard-after-fakecop- assaults-woman For more stories, see items 29 and 30

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