Daily Archives: February 5, 2018

Honda riders got what they wanted with 2018 MotoGP bike – Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow says Honda’s new MotoGP bike has improved in areas the riders asked for

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F1 replaces grid girls with 'grid kids' at all races for 2018 season

Formula 1 bosses have decided to replace grid girls with children for the 2018 season

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Winter Climbs 2018: Poles Reunited on K2

While most of us in the U.S. gathered around our television sets to watch the Big Game yesterday, the winter mountaineering expeditions that we’ve been following closely over the past month or so continued to work towards their goals. As usual, weather is the biggest stumbling block at the moment, although the squads on K2 and Everest are extremely happy with the way things are…

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At least 2 dead and 116 injured as passenger and freight train collide in South Carolina

Train crash

  • An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina.
  • Two people died and 116 others were injured.
  • The lead engine of Amtrak train number 91 derailed, as well as some passenger cars.
  • President Donald Trump is aware of the incident and the White House’s “thoughts and prayers” are with those involved.
  • It is the fifth crash involving an Amtrak train in a matter of weeks.

At least two people died and 116 others were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight rail service in South Carolina, US.

The Amtrak and CSX services crashed at 2.35 a.m. local time (7.35 a.m. GMT) near the city of Columbia. The Amtrak passenger train was traveling between New York and Miami when it hit the stationary CSX train.

In a press briefing, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster confirmed that the fatalities were two of the eight Amtrak staff on board.

All 148 passengers we removed from the train soon after the crash, and their injuries range from broken bones to minor wounds.

Those injured have been taken to local hospitals, while other passengers were given shelter at the Pine Ridge Middle School, where the Red Cross assisted.

In a statement, Amtrak said the lead engine of train 91 derailed, as well as some passenger cars. It said people with questions about the accident should contact: 1.800.523.9101. CSX is yet to comment.

Train crash map

As dawn broke, the scale of the accident became clear. Maayan Schechter, a reporter for South Carolina’s The State Newspaper, posted this video from the scene showing a “flipped over and crushed” carriage:

Two hours after the crash, deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said: “The president has been briefed on the train accident in South Carolina and is receiving regular updates. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident.”

The president also tweeted his condolences Sunday afternoon.

It is the fifth crash involving an Amtrak train in a matter of weeks.

Just last week, a service carrying Republican Congress members, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck. The truck driver was killed.

In December, five were killed when an Amtrak train derailed and was left dangling over a major highway in Washington state.

SEE ALSO: Photos show the moment an Amtrak train in Washington derailed and fell onto a highway

DON’T MISS: Train carrying GOP members of Congress collides with truck, leaving one person dead

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Renault warns F1 against making 'frightening' changes to 2021 engines

Having to start from scratch on engine design for the 2021 Formula 1 regulations would be “frightening” for Renault

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Pietro Fittipaldi gets more Dale Coyne IndyCar tests including oval

Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi will test for the Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar team again in the coming week both at Sonoma on Monday and on the Phoenix oval

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