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February 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A van traveled for nearly an hour over busy New York City roads before its driver discovered the horrific cargo it had dragged almost 20 miles: the body of a man who had been hit by an SUV just before he got caught under the van. Police said the gruesome episode was accidental; they have no plans to charge the drivers.
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February 10, 2009 | Maria De Cristofaro and Sebastian Rotella
A comatose 37-year-old woman at the center of a right-to-die case dividing Italy passed away Monday night amid an uproar over the government's last-ditch bid to keep her alive against the wishes of her family. The death of Eluana Englaro, who suffered massive brain damage in a car accident 17 years ago, occurred as the case was being discussed by the Senate in Rome.
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February 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Two passenger trains collided in central Cuba, killing at least three people and injuring 93, state media reported. Authorities were investigating why the eastbound and westbound trains made contact as they passed each other on parallel tracks about 8:30 a.m. near the city of Sibanicu in Camaguey province, according to the online edition of Adelante, the province's state-controlled newspaper. The impact knocked some of the cars from the tracks. Two of the injured were in serious condition, according to state television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2008 | Jason Song
A vehicle driven by a Los Angeles Fire Department inspector struck a car on the Harbor Freeway early Sunday, injuring him and three other people. The inspector was traveling south to an assignment about 3 a.m. when he hit the car near the 105 Freeway interchange, said Ron Myers, a Fire Department spokesman. The inspector and the three people in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. They were treated and released from a hospital, Myers said. Officials declined to release the inspector's name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2008 | Tony Perry
Two people died in the crash of a single-engine plane in a rural area of northeast San Diego County, the county medical examiner's office said Saturday. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the Warner Springs area off Highway 79, about 50 miles from downtown San Diego, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane, a Beech Bonanza, was registered to a Las Vegas resident, but the plane's destination was unclear, the FAA said. The victims have not been identified. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said that no structures were damaged and that there were no injuries other than to the two people aboard the plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Dan Weikel
Authorities were trying to determine whether a motorist who died early Sunday was engaged in a high-speed street race with another young man. Sheriff's deputies said two cars were traveling side by side on Alondra Boulevard near Leibacher Avenue about 6 a.m., when one driver ran a red light and swerved head-on into a tree and light pole. Deputies said the driver of the other vehicle was arrested on a charge of vehicular manslaughter. -- Dan Weikel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2008 | Joanna Lin and Jean Merl, Lin and Merl are Times staff writers.
A 14-year-old boy was killed and four other teenagers were injured Monday when a van jumped a curb and slammed into a bus shelter in South Gate. The crash occurred on Firestone Boulevard at Otis Street about 3:30 p.m., just after classes let out for the day at South Gate Middle School, across the street from the crowded bus stop, South Gate police said.
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