February 23, 2015 |
The Philadelphia region's petroleum refineries, many of which faced closure four years ago, have experienced an economic revival, thanks to the arrival of a virtual pipeline of domestic crude oil by rail. But the same petroleum from North Dakota's Bakken oil field has been implicated in a succession of dramatic North American rail accidents in the last two years, most recently Monday in West Virginia. Video images of orange fireballs erupting from crumpled tank cars near the village of Mount Carbon last week reignited concerns that the same thing could happen here.
February 16, 2015 |
By all accounts, it was an accident. Cpl. Richard Schroeter had led countless classes in his 12 years as a Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor. He had taught the same class several times that week, always carefully unloading his weapon and following "the four cardinal rules of firearms safety," according to Montgomery County grand jury testimony. But on Sept. 30, Schroeter told investigators, he "did not perform a safety check of his Sig Sauer" pistol. When he squeezed the trigger, the five troopers sitting around a conference table "saw a flash, heard a sound, and saw Trooper Kedra jump," the grand jury wrote.
February 12, 2015 |
After crashes involving 40 vehicles left a Burlington County man dead and scores of motorists injured Monday night, New Jersey Turnpike officials defended how they had prepared the roadway for winter weather even as the state's transportation chief called for a review of the accident. "That was an awful thing that happened out there last night," turnpike spokesman Tom Feeney said Tuesday evening. "And we are really committed to not allowing things like that to happen. " Feeney said a former turnpike maintenance director who criticized the salting efforts was "clueless.
January 30, 2015 |
I'VE BEEN ASKING myself for awhile now if I should risk a column on Griffin Campbell, the contractor behind bars for the deadly June 2013 building collapse on Market Street. I don't want him to appear overly deserving of our sympathy when six families are still mourning the loved ones they lost on that day. But other families are also feeling the pain, and that includes Campbell's. First let me say Campbell, even beyond his involvement in the collapse, has lived a life that has hardly been a model.
January 8, 2015
One person was killed in an accident involving multiple cars in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. The accident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on Haddonfield-Berlin Road. Police did not identify the person killed on Tuesday afternoon, and said they were trying to notify the family. Up to five vehicles may have been involved in the accident. The cause of the accident was being investigated. The crash came during the season's first considerable snowfall. Michael Boren
January 4, 2015 |
An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday after, police said, he drove past a school bus stop sign in Bucks County one morning last month and struck and killed a high school student walking to the bus. Michael Shelly of Bensalem has been charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, four counts of recklessly endangering another person, overtaking a school bus, and related charges. Minete Zeka, 16, was hit while crossing Bensalem Boulevard around 6:40 a.m. Dec. 17. She was struck by a 1984 Ford Bronco II traveling west as she attempted to reach her Bensalem Township School District bus on the other side of the road.
January 3, 2015 |
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
December 31, 2014 |
An Elkins Park woman who has a previous drunken-driving conviction was charged Monday with causing her husband's death in an alleged DUI accident in Lower Moreland in August. Alexandria Cogan, 54, was arraigned on charges including a felony count of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. The accident occurred Aug. 19 on Huntingdon Pike near Spur Road. Cogan was driving a Mazda Miata convertible with the top down when it crossed over the yellow lines and slammed into a Toyota Camry, police said.
December 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia police have identified the Bella Vista woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night. Theresa M. Pozzi, 33, was crossing State Road in Holmesburg to get to a bus stop around 5:20 p.m. when she was hit by a truck, police said. The truck fled northbound on State Road. Pozzi was pronounced dead about an hour later at Aria Torresdale Hospital. Accident investigators are searching for an dark-colored older model truck - possibly a pickup truck or a tow truck, police said.
December 20, 2014 |
A former Philadelphia publishing company owner and his companion were struck and killed by a car Wednesday night while crossing the street near their new home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said Philip J. Kendall, 85, former president of Packard Press, and Francine Freedman, 80, had moved to the beachside community near Boca Raton this week. At 7:06 p.m., the two were crossing Ocean Drive at mid-block when a 2007 Lexus RX350 driven by Mark Lasman, 64, of Boca Raton, hit them, the Sheriff's Office said.