Nation briefs 1/10/05

Monday, January 10, 2005

Storms gives Sierra most snowfall in 90 years

RENO, Nev. -- Areas of the Sierra Nevada, famous for paralyzing amounts of snowfall, have been hit with a dumping like they haven't seen in generations, with steep drifts stranding an Amtrak train, knocking out the Reno airport and shutting down major highways across the mountains. The string of moisture-laden storms has dropped up to 19 feet of snow at elevations above 7,000 feet since Dec. 28 and 6 1/2 feet at lower elevations in the Reno area. Meteorologists said it was the most snow the Reno-Lake Tahoe area has seen since 1916.

Three dead, one missing after tug sinks in Pa.

INDUSTRY, Pa. -- A tug boat sank after being pushed through a dam Sunday by currents made stronger by recent heavy rains, killing three crew members. One person was missing and believed to be aboard the submerged boat. Three people on the Elizabeth M. were rescued by crews of other tugs and taken to a hospital. Fire crews arriving on the scene determined the muddy water was too dangerous to enter, said Chuck Ward, assistant fire chief in Industry.

Railroad car in S.C. still leaking toxic gas

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. -- Crews worked around the clock Sunday to cap a railroad tank car leaking toxic chlorine gas as investigators searched for the cause of the crash that derailed the train. Nine people were killed and more than 250 were sickened by the toxic gas. The tank car was damaged when a Norfolk Southern train hit parked railroad cars early Thursday. Six of the dead were employees at a textile mill next to the tracks.

Sailor dead after nuclear submarine runs aground

HONOLULU -- A sailor injured aboard a nuclear submarine that ran aground about 350 miles south of Guam died Sunday, the Navy said. Twenty-three other crew members were being treated for injuries. The USS San Francisco was headed back to its home port in Guam after sustaining severe damage on Saturday. The incident was under investigation, said Jon Yoshishige, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.

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