Connecticut traffic woes expected after commuter rail collision


Metro-North employees work at the site of Friday's train derailment in Bridgeport. Conn. on Sunday, May 19, 2013. (Brian A. Pounds/AP)
May 19, 2013
Connecticut
Traffic woes expected after rail collision

Traffic in southwest Connecticut could be a mess for as long as a week until service is restored to the commuter rail line affected by a derailment that injured scores of passengers, Gov. Dan Malloy warned Sunday.

He used dire language to describe traffic trouble for the week ahead in an area that even in normal times is a pain for motorists. And he warned that predicted rain is expected to make driving more treacherous.

Malloy (D) even urged commuters to stay out of the state if possible.

If all 30,000 affected commuters took to the highways to get to work, “we would literally have a parking lot,” the governor said. If a substantial number of affected consumers hit the roads, traffic will be “greatly slowed,” he said.

Crews will spend days rebuilding 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals following the collision between two trains Friday evening that injured 72 people. Nine remained hospitalized, with one critically.

— Associated Press

Nevada
Two arrested in killing over iPad

Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday.

Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were booked Saturday into the Clark County jail on charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

According to investigators, Marcos Arenas, 15, was walking down a street with the iPad on Thursday when a passenger got out of a vehicle and tried to steal the device from him.

Dismont is accused of trying to wrest the tablet away and dragging Arenas toward the vehicle when he wouldn’t let go. After Dismont reentered the vehicle and Solid sped away, Arenas was dragged. The vehicle ran over him and he died at a hospital.

— Associated Press

New York
Man charged with hate-crime slaying

The man who police say hurled homophobic slurs at a gay man on a Manhattan street before firing a single fatal shot to his head has been charged with murder as a hate crime.

Elliot Morales appeared Sunday in Manhattan Criminal Court. He also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Authorities say Morales used a revolver to kill 32-year-old Mark Carson early Saturday as he walked with a companion in Greenwich Village.

— Associated Press

Body found in Hudson River: A body believed to be that of a second canoeist who had been missing since December has been found by a kayaker in the Hudson River in New York. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office said the body was found partly submerged in the river at Hyde Park on Saturday. An autopsy Monday will determine whether it’s Barrett Raymond, 31, of Hyde Park. He and Baylin Coddington, 26, of Millbrook, N.Y., were in a canoe near the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park when it capsized Dec. 22. Coddington’s body was found last Monday. A third man in the canoe swam to shore and sought help.

— Associated Press

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