Truck Accident Causes A Fiery, Fatal Pileup
PLATTE CITY, Mo.--A truck jackknifed on an icy stretch of Interstate 29 north of Kansas City yesterday, causing a fiery, multicar accident that killed 10 people, authorities said.
Two victims were not found until eight hours after the accident involving 19 cars and five trucks, police said. One of the trucks leaked hydrochloric acid, and some of the wrecked vehicles were melted together from the heat of the fire, which burned for about an hour.
Rain from the same storm and freezing temperatures spread a coat of ice across parts of Georgia, knocking out electrical service to more than a half-million customers and causing Gov. Roy Barnes (D) to declare a state of emergency for 20 northern counties.
Many households and businesses could be without power until at least Tuesday as crews struggle over slippery roads to reach downed lines while ice-coated tree limbs continue to snap, pulling down more.
Snow and freezing rain also fell in other parts of the southern Appalachians, and locally heavy rain fell across coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas as the storm pushed eastward and out to sea. Up to three inches of snow fell in some areas of North Carolina.
Five Relatives Killed In Fire Near Louisville
LOUISVILLE--Five relatives including a 2-year-old girl were killed in a powerful fire that tore through a southern Jefferson County home.
Fire Chief Dan Schubert of the Black Mudd Fire Department said firefighters were still combing the rubble for bodies late last night. Firefighters responding to a rescue call found the two-story frame house engulfed in flames.
County police spokesman Robert Biven said it took 30 to 40 firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. Biven said the victims appeared to be four adults and one child. He said they were a couple in their twenties and their 2-year-old child, and a couple in their fifties.
Sharpton Attacks Plan To Fine Him for Protest
ATLANTIC CITY--The Rev. Al Sharpton has charged that Atlantic City's plans to fine him more than $21,000 for leading a protest against alleged racial profiling last July is a threat to civil disobedience campaigns everywhere.
Calling it an attempt "to intimidate and shut down the civil rights movement," Sharpton likened the assessment for police overtime to making the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. pay for police in Birmingham that turned dogs and fire hoses on civil rights marchers in the 1960s.
Sharpton and 75 others were arrested after demonstrators blocked an expressway entrance, cutting off the city's main link to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard on the busy July 4th holiday weekend.
Prosecutors allege Sharpton chose Atlantic City for its publicity value, not because police there had been accused of racial profiling.
CAPTION: Ice-covered trees and utility lines threaten motorists in Roswell, Ga. Hundreds of thousands were without power after storms in the Southeast.