Thursday 19 April 2018

Three trains collide

Three freight trains have collided in Texas, derailing up to 30 cars and leaving four crew members hurt, including two with critical injuries.

The accident happened before dawn yesterday just east of Amarillo. Officials said an eastbound train rear-ended a stopped train, and that a westbound train then collided with the two-train wreck.

BONDAGE TUTORIALS OFF

Trustees for a village hall have cancelled planned bondage classes, saying their premises were hired under false pretences.

Trumpington Village Hall near Cambridge was next month due to host a series of workshops, including "spanking and impact play", "kink on a budget" and "flogging".

RESTAURANT OPERATION

A noted California doctor armed with just a pocket knife and a pen performed an emergency life-saving tracheotomy on a diner who was choking on a piece of meat.

Infectious disease expert Dr Royce Johnson cleared the airway of Pauline Larwood at a restaurant in Bakersfield, California, by using a pocket knife to make an incision in her throat before breaking a pen in half and inserting the hollow cylinder as a breathing tube.

STADIUM JAIL PLAN

A stadium being built in the Brazilian Amazon region for next year's World Cup, which will cost around €173m, could be used as a detention centre to relieve overcrowded prisons after the tournament.

The 44,000-capacity Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, deep in the country's interior and more than 1,500 miles from Rio di Janeiro, will host four group-stage matches but many fear it will be left vacant and become a white elephant.

PROTEST AT PRICEY HOTEL

Staff have demonstrated outside a luxury Paris hotel over pay – saying a single night in its top suite costs more than some of their annual salaries.

Dozens of chambermaids and their supporters timed the protest outside the Park Hyatt Hotel-Vendome to coincide with Paris Fashion Week, when the city hosts many VIP guests.

RACIST KILLER EXECUTED

A white gunman who spewed racial slurs before fatally shooting a black man and a police officer in a 1994 rampage was executed in Ohio with the state's last use of its execution drug.

Harry Mitts Jr asked the families of his victims to forgive him "I had no business doing what I did," he said in a last statement.

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