Sunday 26 January 2020

Double train trouble

Associated Press

A 29-YEAR-OLD woman survived with minor injuries after her car was twice hit by trains in Utah.

She was fleeing from police when she drove under the arms of a level crossing and smashed into the side of a train. Her car came to rest on the other set of tracks and another train rammed into it less than a minute later.


A LAO Airlines flight has crashed in the south-east Asian nation, apparently killing all 49 people aboard, including passengers from 11 countries, the Laos government has said.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which operates the airline as a state enterprise, said 44 passengers and five crew members were aboard flight QV301 from the Laos capital, Vientiane, to Pakse in the south. Earlier reports had said there were 39 passengers on board.

Money for old bones

A GIANT skeleton of a dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago is set to fetch up to £600,000 (€707,800) at a British auction next month.

The long-necked Diplodocus longus is believed to be the first British sale of a large dinosaur skeleton. The 19ft-tall (6m) female skeleton, nicknamed 'Misty', was found almost intact in 2009.


A NIGERIAN woman faked her own kidnapping to extort a ransom from her husband, according to local police.

Authorities arrested the woman and her accomplice, a motorcycle-taxi man, after tracing the bank account given for her husband's payment of 200,000 naira (€925) to the taxi man himself.


AN Ohio man whose home was stacked "floor to ceiling" with more than 100 snakes, including some venomous vipers, pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegally selling dangerous animals, a court administrator said.

Joseph McCollum (46) and girlfriend Michelle Barrett (45) were arrested on Friday in Struthers, Ohio, after he went to a local hospital, saying he had been bitten by a venomous rattlesnake.


A CHINESE official photographed being given a piggyback by a villager while visiting flood victims in Zhejiang province has been sacked after the image caused public outrage online.

The picture was posted on microblogging site Sina Weibo in the wake of Typhoon Fitow . An attached post said the official had received the piggyback because he was wearing expensive shoes.

Irish Independent

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