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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.
January 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A helicopter carrying 10 French soldiers crashed off the coast of Gabon in central Africa, France said. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said that "all available means" would be deployed to search for those aboard. The helicopter was carrying out joint military exercises with Gabon when it went down.
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 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.
November 15, 2008 | Associated Press
The turbulent wake of a large passenger plane probably caused the fatal crash of a government jet carrying Mexico's second-highest official, Transportation Secretary Luis Tellez said Friday. A preliminary investigation found that the jet's pilots were slow to follow tower instructions to reduce the plane's speed and appeared to be nearly one nautical mile too close behind a Boeing 767-300 on the same flight path to Mexico City's airport, Tellez said at a news conference. Among the 14 killed Nov.
November 11, 2008 | James Wagner
A 72-year-old motorist and a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy remained hospitalized Monday for serious injuries they suffered over the weekend in Covina when the officer ran a red light while responding to an emergency call and collided with the man's vehicle. Arthur Lerille, a local horse trainer, was being treated for head and arm injuries in the intensive care unit of Pomona Valley Hospital, said his wife, Cindy Lerille. Her husband suffered head gashes and short-term memory loss and will require surgery on his left arm, she said.
November 9, 2008 | Times Wire Services
More than 20 people died in an accident aboard a nuclear- powered Russian navy submarine in the Pacific, the navy said. The accident occurred when a fire-extinguishing system went into operation in error, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said. He said the reactor was working normally and radiation levels were normal. Dygalo said the dead included sailors and shipbuilders. The navy has been plagued by deadly accidents. In August 2000, the Kursk nuclear submarine exploded and sank in the Barents Sea, killing its entire crew of 118.
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