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February 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A small plane headed to the jungle city of Manaus crashed in Brazil's Amazon with at least 20 people on board, and at least 16 were missing and feared dead, officials said. Four people survived, and news media reported that divers had found six bodies by nightfall. The plane was on an air taxi run, ferrying passengers between cities in the thick jungle, when it crashed in the Manacapuru River about 50 miles southwest of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, a state government spokesman said.
February 5, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A fatal crash early Wednesday in Mira Loma involving a Riverside County firetruck and a pickup truck, which left one motorist dead and two firefighters injured, is being investigated by the CHP. The crash was reported shortly after 5 a.m. at Etiwanda Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard, just south of the Pomona Freeway, said Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department. Herrera said the firetruck was responding to a radio call of a traffic collision and was traveling south on Etiwanda with its lights and sirens on when it crashed with the pickup, which was traveling west on Van Buren.
December 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A 7-year-old girl died after falling out of the window of her family's fifth-floor apartment in the Bronx, police said. Chelsea Maldonado was blind in one eye, autistic and used a wheelchair. Police told the New York Daily News that the lower half of the window had a child-protection guard and that it wasn't clear how she fell out. Neighbors heard the family screaming for help.
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.
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.
December 21, 2008 | DeeDee Correll
A Continental Airlines flight carrying 112 people veered off a runway at Denver International Airport as it attempted to take off Saturday evening, catching fire as passengers escaped down emergency slides. At least 36 people were injured, officials said. The Boeing 737 was heading to Houston at 6:18 p.m. when some passengers reported that the plane nosed up into the air, then dropped down with a jolt. It landed in a ravine, where passengers evacuated.
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
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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