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Large Cargo Plane Crashes Near Birmingham Airport

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A large cargo plane crashed outside the Birmingham, Ala. airport on Wednesday morning.

Flames were reported at the scene where a UPS jet crashed near the Birmingham International Airport, killing the pilot and copilot, according to law enforcement sources at the scene.

The plane had taken off from Louisville and was approaching the Birmingham International Airport around 6 a.m. when it went down, according to authorities.

The TSA said they believed the pilot and copilot were the only individuals on board with the cargo. Authorities have not yet released information on their status.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an immediate investigation into the crash, announcing that they would send a full "Go Team" of investigators to Birmingham. The first investigator was expected to arrive by 10 a.m., with a full team to arrive later Wednesday.

The plane, an Airbus A300, was manufactured in 2004. It's not clear what cargo the plane was carrying.

It was also unclear what caused the crash. Near 6 a.m., the airport had visibility of 10 miles and a cloud ceiling of 700 feet.

UPS released a statement this morning following the crash:

"At this time, we are still determining the details of the incident. We will release more information as it becomes available. As we work through this difficult situation, we ask for your patience, and that you keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers."

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Daytona International Speedway Crash Injures at Least 28 Fans

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A fiery last-lap crash at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday sent chunks of debris flying into the stands, injuring at least 28 spectators, who were seen being carried away from the stands on stretchers.

At least 14 of the injured were transported to hospitals and more than a dozen others were treated at the speedway, Daytona president Joie Chitwood III. All the drivers involved in the crash have been treated and released, Chitwood said.

ESPN reported that one of the spectators taken to the hospital was on the way to surgery with head trauma.

The 12-car crash happened moments before the end of the Nationwide race, and on the eve of the Daytona 500, one of NASCAR's biggest events.

The crash was apparently triggered when driver Regan Smith's car, which was being tailed by Brad Keselowski on his back bumper, spun to the right and shot up the track. Smith had been in the lead and said after the crash he had been trying to throw a "block."

Rookie Kyle Larson's car slammed into the wall that separates the track from the grandstands, causing his No. 32 car to go airborne and erupt in flames.

When a haze of smoke cleared and Larson's car came to a stop, he jumped out uninjured.

His engine and one of his wheels were sitting in a walkway of the grandstand.

"I was getting pushed from behind," Larson told ESPN. "Before I could react, it was too late."

Tony Stewart pulled out the win, but in victory lane, what would have been a celebratory mood was tempered by concern for the injured fans.

"We've always known this is a dangerous sport," Stewart said. "But it's hard when the fans get caught up in it."

Repairs are under way on the fence where the crash happened and are expected to be completed before the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Chitwood said.

He told reporters NASCAR does not anticipate having to move any of their fans for the Daytona 500 and expects all seats will be filled.

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Mammoth Boulder Crashes into California Home

KGTV/ABC News(POWAY, Calif.) -- A boulder, estimated to weigh 12 tons, rolled into a house in Poway, Calif. Thursday, wiping out its garage, crushing gas and electric lines, and barely missing a propane tank.

Poway Fire Department officials said the boulder was apparently dislodged during heavy rains Thursday, and traveled about 300 feet before crashing into the San Diego County home.

“I heard a loud booming sound and the walls of my house were shaking … I rushed to the patio and then the garage and that’s when I saw a big hole,” said Janielle Gendelman, who lived alone in the house with her dog and two cats.  “My gosh! Pieces of the siding of the garage were sticking… It was a disaster! I saw the washing machine upside down.”

Kevin Hitchcock, fire division chief for the Poway fire department, told ABC News, “It is not clear what caused the boulder to come loose, but it could have been the torrents of rain.”

Poway firefighters said they put a rescue plan into effect. “First, we made sure there were no injuries, we secured the leaks in the propane and electric lines and sent out a MATS [Mercury and Air Toxics Standards] unit to contain the toxic leaks from pesticides and gasoline products stored in the garage,” said Hitchcock.

“This is my family home,” Gendelman said in an interview with ABC News. “I grew up here.”

Deanna McGough, who has lived nearby for 10 years, said that rolling boulders are not new in the area. “Three years ago a boulder rolled into a house in this neighborhood,” McGough told ABC News. “And occasionally I see boulders on the sides of the street.”

Hitchcock said the rock that hit Gendelman’s house was more than 5 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. It was made of granite. “We’re still not sure how it will be removed from the garage,” he said.  “Most likely it will have to be pulled out of the garage with a cable because it can’t be drilled where it is.”

Gendelman said she is not sure if her home insurance would cover all the expenses to repair the damage. “I was told by my agent that they might not cover the damage. This is really upsetting because this is my only home and I had to pay extra to insure against damage from natural disasters like earthquakes,” she said tearfully.  “I mean, what will I do with this big rock in my garage? Can’t they at least seal the walls?”

ABC News contacted Gendelman’s insurer. The company confirmed that it is aware of Gendelman’s claim and is looking into it.


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Four Dead as Train Hits Trailer Carrying Veterans at Parade

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIDLAND, Texas) -- Four people died and 17 others were taken to a hospital when a train crashed into a parade float honoring veterans in Midland, Texas, late Thursday afternoon.

"From what we know right now, apparently there were two fatalities at the time of the incident and two more at the hospital that passed away after they'd been transported," Midland Police Chief Price Robinson said.

Midland Memorial Hospital confirmed the four deaths to ABC News.

Of the 17 injured at the hospital, 10 were in critical condition and seven were in stable condition, Robinson said.

The float was one of two 18-wheel trailers carrying wounded veterans and their families during the parade when a train approached, according to Hamid Vatankhah, a witness who owns a used car lot near the scene of the crash.

The first truck crossed the tracks in time, but the second did not, Vatankhah said, adding that sirens from the police cars in the parade may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train.

"Some people were able to jump, and some that were sitting in wheelchairs on top couldn't do nothing about it," Vatankhah said.

The floats in the Show of Support's Hunt for Heroes parade were crossing Union Pacific train tracks at Garfield Street and Industrial Avenue en route to a Show of Support Banquet around 4:35 p.m. local time, according to ABC News affiliate KMID-TV.

Witnesses said the train crossing gate did not go down before the floats got to the tracks, KMID reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board was launching a team to the site to investigate the crash. It expected to have investigators at the site this evening and a full team on site by Friday.

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Amtrak Derails After Collision at Railroad Crossing

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Dozens of people were injured Monday after a tractor-trailer plowed into the side of an  Amtrak train in central California.

The driver of the truck reportedly failed to yield and hit the train, causing it to derail.  California Highway Patrol officer Scott Jobinger says the passengers were lucky the train cars didn't topple over.

"Most of them were at around 45-degree angles which would help prevent some of the injuries," he said.

Shortly after the accident, all 169 passengers and the four crew members onboard were evacuated from the train. Though no fatalities were reported, about 40 people sustained minor to major injuries, reports ABC News affiliate KFSN-TV in Fresno, Calif.  Some of the crash victims were treated at the scene, while others were transported by school buses to the Civic Auditorium in Hanford.

This is the third time in four years an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle at the same railroad crossing in Handford, a town located about 40 minutes south of Fresno. While it's a rural crossing, Amtrak says it is equipped with warning lights, bells and gates -- enough that it should be apparent that a train is approaching.

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Parents Sue After Daughter Dies in Hawaii Jet Ski Crash

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The parents of a California teenager who died on vacation in Hawaii when her jet ski was struck by another being operated by an Australian tourist are suing that tourist.

Kristen Fonseca, 16, was jet skiing on Aug. 5 at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu when her watercraft was hit.  The rider of the jet ski that hit Fonseca was Tyler Dagley of Australia.

The girl died the following day of her injuries, and Dagley, 20, was charged with third-degree criminal homicide -- a misdemeanor.

“He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her,” Fonseca’s sister Monique Sanchez told ABC News.

Sanchez, along with Fonseca’s mother and stepfather Mario Canton, were present when the accident happened.

“I then saw her head lunge forward, and hit the steering wheel, Kristen then, fell forward, fell back and then fell into the water,” Canton said.

Investigators have said Dagley was driving recklessly, was standing up and not paying attention to where he was going, and that he was showing off for his girlfriend.

That girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, 21, has also been charged by police, but she is not named in the lawsuit.  Authorities say she videotaped the entire incident and then deleted it in an attempt to cover it up.

In a court appearance, Dagley sobbed.

“I prayed every day to the family, and prayed that everything was going to be okay,” he said.

The Cantons’ lawsuit alleges that Dagley was reckless and negligent when he was operating the jet ski.  The suit also names Aloha Jet Ski Rentals, the company that rented the watercraft to Fonseca and Dagley, as a co-defendant.

The court papers allege that an Aloha Jet Ski Rentals employee failed to properly instruct Dagley in the correct use of the jet ski, and that the employee did nothing to prevent Dagley’s reckless behavior.

The lawsuit mentions that the family suffered emotional pain and suffering, and had incurred significant medical costs for Fonseca’s care.  The suit seeks unspecified damages and attorney’s fees.

Dagley is due back in court on Aug. 23.

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Air Force X-51A WaveRider Hypersonic Jet Crashes

US Air Force graphic(OXNARD, Calif.) -- The Air Force confirms that a hypersonic jet called the X-51A WaveRider crashed in the Pacific Ocean Wednesday after one of its control fins failed.  The unmanned aircraft was launched from an Air Force B-52 bomber over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center at around 11:36 a.m. Wednesday, Pacific time.

At first, the launch looked good. The WaveRider separated from the B-52 as planned, and its booster rockets fired properly. Then, after about 16 seconds of flight, the control fin was found to be faulty and the jet tumbled out of control.

“All our data showed we had created the right conditions for engine ignition and we were very hopeful to meet our test objectives,” said Charles Brink, the project manager, in a statement.  The failure, he said, was “unfortunate.”

Researchers are analyzing data from the failed test, after which the Air Force says it will release the results of the investigation. The X-51A has had two previous successful tests, including one two years ago during which it flew for more than three minutes at five times the speed of sound.

With this latest test, the Air Force had hoped the speed would increase to 4,600 mph, roughly six times the speed of sound.

The Air Force hasn’t disclosed the cost of the WaveRider program, but, a website that tracks military spending, says the project has cost $250-300 million since it began in 2004.  After Wednesday’s test only one aircraft remains, and Air Force officials have not decided when or if it will fly.

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1-Year-Old Utah Boy Killed While Riding Motorcycle

Hemera/Thinkstock(TAYLORSVILLE, Utah) -- A 1-year-old boy has died after a horrific motorcycle accident on Sunday in Taylorsville, Utah.

Police say that Shannon Moore, 48, was riding his motorcycle with his son, Richard, in the parking lot in front of their apartment complex when the accident occurred.

“Shannon was on his street bike with the baby seated between himself and the handlebars,” said Unified Police Department Detective Levi Hughes. “He got up to a high rate of speed, well in excess of the 10 MPH speed limit, and tried to go around a corner but he couldn’t stop in time.”

After failing to slow down, Moore and his son were thrown from the bike.

“The child impacted the road and the curb and then the motorcycle landed on top of the child,” said Hughes.

The baby died on the  scene, and  police say the father was taken to a local hospital where he  is listed in fair condition.

Betty Reiz, who lives in the same apartment complex, told ABC affiliate ABC4 that she watched the wreck unfold. She said the baby tried to stand up after the accident, but fell down and died.

“The father is always with the child in front of the motorcycle,” Reiz said.

Police say that this accident should have never happened, regardless of the lack of regulations for motorcycle passengers.

“Even though laws don’t regulate the age of the passenger of a motorcycle, common sense has to dictate that kind of decision,” said Hughes. “If the passenger’s feet can’t reach the pegs and he can’t wear a helmet, he shouldn’t be put on a motorcycle. If you don’t listen to your own better judgment you will pay the ultimate price.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and  police say that Moore could face serious charges because there was a reckless loss of life.

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Megabus Crash in Illinois: At Least One Dead, Dozens Injured

ABC(LITCHFIELD, Ill.) -- At least one person was killed after a double-decker Megabus crashed Thursday on a highway between Chicago and St. Louis, the bus company said.  More than 30 others were hospitalized.

Illinois State Police said the dead passenger was a woman who had been seated in the front upper section of the bus, above the driver.

Authorities told ABC News that they believed the cause of the wreck was a blown tire.

The bus, which had 64 passengers listed on its manifest, according to the state police, slammed into a concrete bridge support on Interstate 55 Thursday afternoon near the town of Litchfield, Ill.  The company said it was headed to St. Louis and then Kansas City.

Thirty ambulances, five helicopters and seven fire departments were sent to the scene, the state police said.

A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield told ABC News that it had received 21 patients.

Three other passengers were taken to Staunton Hospital and another three to Hillsboro Hospital.  In addition, some passengers were taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield.

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The bus, according to a Megabus spokesperson, was traveling along a route between Chicago, St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City.  Litchfield, the site of the wreck, was about 55 miles north of St. Louis.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was monitoring the situation, but had yet to make a decision on whether to launch a full investigation.

In a statement, Megabus said: "Safety remains our number one priority.  The throughts and prayers of our entire staff go out to the passengers involved. will continue to provide more details as they become available."

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Navy Drone Crashes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, $186 Million Burns

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(DORCHESTER, Md.) -- A U.S. Navy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) valued at nearly $200 million crashed during a test flight Monday in an unpopulated marshy area of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  No one was hurt in the crash nor was there any property damage, according to Navy officials.

Known as a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D), the 44-foot-long drone crashed near Bloodsworth Island in Dorchester, Maryland about 22 miles east of the Patuxent Naval Air Station where it had taken off.   A Navy statement said the crash occurred at 12:11 p.m.

The BAMS-D is a testing version of a jet-powered high altitude aircraft, the Navy’s version of the Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, which is designed to provide long-term surveillance and reconnaissance. In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office estimated that the Navy’s batch of 70 BAMS cost $13 billion, more than $186 million each.

The U.S. Coast Guard had set up a safety perimeter around the scene shortly after the crash.  In its statement, the Navy said that “cleanup of the site is underway [and] Navy officials are investigating the cause of the crash.”

Aerial footage of the crash scene taken by local news affiliates showed fires still smoldering in the wreckage.  There was little visible that could identify that what had crashed was a UAV.

The aircraft was one of five aircraft acquired from the Air Force Global Hawk program.  The Navy statement said the UAV has been “developing tactics and doctrine for the employment of high-altitude unmanned patrol aircraft since November 2006. ”

The unmanned craft have been flown in the Middle East region to provide maritime surveillance. The Navy said the BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of overhead maritime surveillance in the region and “has flown more than 5,500 combat hours in support of combat operations since 2008.”

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