March 27, 2012
Traffic on southbound Interstate 95 at Broad Street has just started to squeeze through after the highway was closed because of a car fire late Tuesday afternoon, police said. The fire was reported at 4:37 p.m., a dispatcher said. The cause of the accident is under investigation. The condition of the driver, who was transported to a hospital, was not immediately available. The northbound lanes of I-95 were halted because heavy smoke was drifting across the highway. They have since been reopened.
December 20, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday standoff yesterday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million workers on Jan. 1. "It's time to stop the nonsense. We can resolve these differences and we can do it in a way that provides certainty for job creators and others," said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. He said the House would reject a bipartisan two-month extension that cleared the Senate over the weekend and seek negotiations on a bill to renew the cuts through 2012.
November 14, 2011 |
A crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying cocoa butter and a minivan snarling westbound traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway throughout this morning's rush hour. At least two people were taken to hospital following the 4 a.m. crash near Girard Avenue. Their conditions are not known. The westbound lanes were closed between Girard and Montgomery Avenue until nearly 6 a.m. before officials reopened the roadway one lane at a time to allow traffic to get by. Even as the cleanup of that crash was under way, a second accident involving a bus briefly closed the exit ramp at Girard Avenue around 8:30 a.m., further complicating matters.
November 3, 2011
Southbound Amtrak service at 30th Street Station was halted Wednesday night after an Acela train struck and killed a person near Wilmington. Acela Express train 2119, traveling from New York to Washington, struck a trespasser on the tracks south of Wilmington at 8:10 p.m., Amtrak said. None of the train's passengers or crew members were injured. Local police shut down train service in both directions as part of the investigation of the fatality. No further information about the person was available.
October 19, 2011
Traffic was tied up on Lincoln Drive Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed through a guard rail along Wissahickon Creek. Police said the accident occurred shortly beforen 3 p.m. There were four people in the car and they were able to get out safely. No one was injured. Police said Lincoln Drive from City Avenue to West Rittenhouse Street was closed. -Robert Moran
October 7, 2011 |
CAIRO - A work slowdown by air traffic controllers delayed scores of flights Thursday and left passengers stranded for many hours in Cairo's international airport, wreaking havoc in the latest example of cascading labor unrest that officials and analysts say is devastating Egypt's economy. The protest at Cairo International Airport was over a decision to rescind a promised bonus. It forced the delay of more than 200 flights and turned Egypt's flagship airport into a microcosm of the general mayhem that has come to define the country since the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.
May 25, 2011 |
LONDON - Airlines moaned in Europe and passengers groaned as ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano brought days of uncertainty to thousands of air travelers. Hundreds of flights were canceled Tuesday as winds blew a cloud of ash from the Grimsvotn volcano over to Scotland. Experts say particles in the ash can stall jet engines and sandblast planes' windows. The only comfort for frustrated passengers and airlines was that officials in Iceland said the amount of ash being released by the volcano was decreasing, and officials didn't expect the disruption to be as bad as one last year, when millions were stranded after the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
January 21, 2011 |
The driver of a tractor-trailer heading south between Philadelphia and Cherry Hill lost control and drove into the trees Thursday evening, affecting traffic on Interstate 295, according to the Belmar State Barracks. At 8:40 p.m. the driver lost control for unknown reasons, and the trailer blocked several local lanes, authorities said. The express lane was open. More than five hours later, authorities were still trying to clear the scene. No one was injured. Drivers heading northbound were not affected, and authorities said they hope to have the lanes clear before 6 a.m. Friday.
October 13, 2010
LETTER-writer Fred Whittman wonders why it can take an hour to get out of the parking lot at a major sporting event. I rarely have that problem. Most of the time my friends and I enjoy a leisurely stroll to our stretch limo. It's the longest stretch limo in the world, so Mr. Whittman, and anyone else, for that matter, is more than welcome to join us. We travel quickly and efficiently, several yards underneath one of the longest straight streets in North America. It's easy to find, with a high-vis orange paint scheme.
September 30, 2010 |
On the eve of an important court hearing here Thursday, new labor problems arose at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News that threatened their smooth emergence from a 20-month bankruptcy. The prospective new owners of the media company said the union that represents the 306 employees who bundle the papers for delivery had rejected a new contract, despite having previously voted to ratify a "substantially similar" offer. The situation brought warnings of dire consequences from the new owners, including shutdown of the papers.