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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Transit officials said human error, not a track defect, is to blame for a subway train derailment in New York City on Tuesday morning that injured nearly three dozen people and caused major delays.The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. ET Tuesday as a southbound A train approached the 125th Street station in Harlem. The eight-car train suddenly came to a grinding halt just 200 feet from the station, causing the train to jerk violently and toss passengers to the floor. Two of the train's cars derailed and scraped the side of the subway tunnel, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.That A train was evacuated, as were three other trains in the same tunnel.A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment was caused by "an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks," Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota and interim executive director Ronnie Hakim said in a joint statement late Tuesday night."Storing equipment in between tracks is a common practice employed by railroads across the country to accelerate rail repairs," Lhota and Hakin said in the joint statement. "The key to this being an effective and safe practice is making sure that the extra equipment is properly bolted down, which does not appear to have happened in this case."New York City Transit crews are inspecting "every inch of rail to ensure that each and every replacement part is properly stored and secured," Lhota and Hakin said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.At least 34 people were injured in the incident, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lhota said most of the injuries involved smoke inhalation and none were life-threatening. The smoke was caused by sparks and the garbage and sanitation along the subway tracks.The incident, described by the New York City Emergency Management Department as a partial derailment, also triggered a power outage affecting all six tracks from West 119th Street to West 125th Street.
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  • Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An investigation has been opened by authorities after two people were killed Tuesday night after being struck by an Amtrak train as it approached Union Station in Washington, D.C.“Amtrak Train 175 from Boston and New York was involved in an incident while approaching Washington Union Station. There were no injuries to that train’s crew or the 121 Amtrak passengers. Two people on the tracks were struck,” the company said in a statement.The deaths of the two people struck were confirmed by D.C. Fire and EMS on Twitter.The two people struck have not been identified. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the train was scheduled to arrive at 11:10 p.m. when it struck the people, who were on the tracks near the 1200 block of New York Avenue. He said they appeared to be trespassing.There were no injuries on board the train to passengers or crew, Magliari said.Amtrak said in a statement overnight that it will not be operating Wednesday morning between Washington and Philadelphia due to a temporary track closure.Amtrak is working with D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and others to review the incident, the company said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Mike L. Baird/Getty(HOUSTON) -- Animal rescue workers in Houston seized dozens of venomous tarantulas and scorpions from a Houston apartment on Tuesday after their owner abandoned them, according to police.The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) seized 69 animals, including more than 50 baby scorpions and three dead tarantulas, from the vacant apartment after a maintenance worker discovered them stuffed in shoe boxes and plastic containers, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.Managers at the apartment complex told police that they were planning to evict the tenant for failing to pay rent, but he abandoned the dwelling before they could serve him with eviction papers, KTRK reports.Investigators said the apartment will be treated by an exterminator before it's rented out again just in case any of the animals had escaped.All but one of the animals are considered venomous, according to Houston SPCA officials, who estimated that the animals had gone without food for at least several weeks.One investigator said the animal count could rise, noting that tarantulas tend to hide below the surface of their container’s filler material.“This is my first one of this nature,” Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Sgt. Christine Kendrick told KTRK. “Sometimes you may see one or two along with other animals… but apparently, this was his thing.”She said most of the animals were unlikely to harm humans unless they're provoked."Unless you hurt them, they don't bite. They've got to be in fear," Kendrick said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • The Lakeland Police Department(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- A Florida man who police say was trying to help a missing toddler locate her parents over the weekend ended up beaten and shamed on social media by the child's family after they mistook him for a kidnapper, according to a report.The "good Samaritan," who was not identified by authorities, was attempting to help a 2-year-old who had become separated from her parents while attending a baseball game at the Southwest Sports Complex in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday -- but her parents "feared that the citizen was attempting to kidnap the child," the Lakeland Police Department said in a statement Tuesday."At least one independent witness stated they observed the citizen walking with the child trying to help find her parents,” police said. “The parents were alerted by bystanders that the citizen was walking towards a playground, which is near the parking lot, and feared that the citizen was attempting to kidnap the child. This was not the case.”The police department said it “thoroughly investigated” the incident and concluded that no crime was committed.The man, however, ended up being attacked by the child’s father, who admitted to punching him repeatedly, according to ABC affiliate WFTS-TV."When I got there, I just swung on him," the father told WFTS. He acknowledged that he really didn't know if the "stranger" was looking to kidnap his daughter or not, but he said he doesn’t regret assaulting him."You don't pick somebody's kid up in that direction, towards the parking lot, whether you were going towards the parking lot or not," the toddler's father said.The "good Samaritan," who police identified as a father and a local businessman, was also targeted in a social media smearing campaign, according to WLS-TV. The station reports that the toddler’s family had posted the man's name, photo and place of employment online, referring to him as a child predator.The man has reportedly opted against pressing charges against the family.The Lakeland Police Department did not confirm assault allegations, but it appeared to use the incident to educate the public about the dangers of posting or sharing inaccurate information on Facebook.“Accounts of this incident have circulated on social media with false information and speculation,” the department said in its statement Tuesday. “Be careful about what you post on social media so as not to victimize an innocent person.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki lost his ranch on California's Central Coast on Monday, his publicist confirmed, when a massive wildfire torched nearly 1,600 acres of land in the area.Galecki’s home in San Luis Obispo County, California reportedly burned down in the wildfire that has grown to 2.5 square miles since it began on Monday afternoon, according to a report from TMZ that was later confirmed by the actor’s representative.Galecki expressed his condolences for other victims of the fire while speaking in an interview with TMZ on Tuesday."My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly -- which may seem crazy to some, but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile," Galecki said.Galecki, who also appeared in the hit 1990s sitcom Roseanne, said he hopes to "reach out and rebuild" the community at some point in the future."It's never the structures that create a community -- it's the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it's that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it's a time to reach out and rebuild," he told TMZ. "We've done it before, and will need to do it together again, and it will make our community even closer and stronger."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) -- Movements were restricted Tuesday afternoon at the Redstone Arsenal, an Army base in Huntsville, Alabama, as authorities investigated morning reports of an active shooter.Redstone Arsenal Col. Tom Holliday confirmed Tuesday afternoon that there was no active shooter on the scene. There were no casualties in the incident as well, he said.Around 9:40 a.m., authorities received two 911 calls about a potential active shooter in the Sparkman Center building, Holliday said. The callers reported hearing shots fired and seeing a weapon, but those reports were not credible, Holiday said.Normal operations resumed at 12:50 p.m. after investigators determined that the incident was an isolated event at the Sparkman Center, Holliday said. The complex had been cleared by 2:15 p.m.There is no evidence that shots were actually fired, authorities said.Redstone spokesman Christopher Colster told reporters earlier Tuesday that there was nothing to indicate a terrorist event.Redstone said in a statement, "The installation was in lock-down mode with all gates closed, and employees sheltered in place at their respective buildings. As of 12:30 p.m., employees can move about the post in an orderly fashion, but are asked to keep movements limited, as needed."Redstone said Tuesday afternoon that the "Sparkman complex and intersections in and around Martin road remain in a lock down status" while "the remainder of the installation is open for normal traffic."Redstone said the incident is under investigation, adding, "The safety and security of our workforce remains our top priority."Col. Rich Spiegel, a spokesman for Army Materiel Command said, “The director of emergency services has responded with local and federal authorities."
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