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In brief: Four die in N.Y. when bus too tall for bridge

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010

Salina, N.Y. – A double-decker bus that may have made a wrong turn off the highway slammed into a low railroad bridge in the pre-dawn darkness Saturday in a wreck that killed four passengers and critically injured others, authorities said.

The Megabus was carrying 29 people, including the driver, when it rammed the bridge about 2:30 a.m. on the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Salina, a suburb of Syracuse.

The bus lay on its side after the crash. Four passengers and the driver remained hospitalized Saturday night.

Oil leak slowing near Chicago; EPA seeking cause

Chicago – The leak from an oil pipeline near Chicago appeared to be slowing Saturday, and officials were hopeful they would be able to excavate the site soon to determine the cause and exact location of the break, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official said.

But how much oil has spilled and when the leak began remained unclear. The leak was discovered Thursday, and on Friday between 200 and 600 barrels of oil were being recovered each hour, said EPA on-site coordinator Sam Borries. A barrel has 42 gallons.

Oil was no longer rising to the surface Saturday and crews cut open pavement and dug about 5 feet to reach the 34-inch-diameter pipe. Pipeline owner Enbridge Energy Partners – which also owns a pipeline that leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a southern Michigan waterway in July – will drill through the top of the pipe to extract remaining oil.


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