OH-MI-IN News
Report blames turnpike crash on speed, bad driving
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:31

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Unsafe speed and poor driving were among the causes of a series of pileups during a snowstorm that left three people dead on the Ohio Turnpike earlier this month, investigators said.

A final tally from the dozens of crashes on March 12 shows that 126 vehicles were damaged and 49 people were hurt along the toll road that crosses northern Ohio, the State Highway Patrol said.

The worst of it happened where three people died on a snowy two-mile stretch of the turnpike's eastbound lanes halfway between Toledo and Cleveland.

Investigators said that 55 vehicles were damaged and 36 people were injured in a series of crashes in that area. Severe blowing snow made it difficult to see, the patrol said.

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Cleveland fire stuck after street collapses
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:29

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland fire truck was stuck in a city street for three hours after the pavement partially collapsed.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1luB4NA) newspaper says the truck's crew was giving out smoke alarms Saturday when the truck hit a hole in the street, and the pavement partially collapsed.

A tow truck finally helped free the fire truck after about three hours.

A fire department spokesman says the truck's crew left in a backup truck while crews worker to free the other one.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill
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Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:30

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday's poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery's oil spill. That work is expected to resume Sunday.

Crews were scheduled to remove oil-covered pebbles Saturday along the lake some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago where a refinery malfunction discharged oil earlier this week.

BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows between 15 and 39 barrels of oil were discharged into the lake by its Whiting refinery. That's between 630 and 1,638 gallons.


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Cincinnati streetcar work completes first mile
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:26

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's streetcar project has completed its first mile.

Work on the nearly four-mile loop hit the milestone this past week.

The project's leader tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1hKB4lN ) that it's an achievement worth celebrating because of the recent political battle over the project.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley vowed not to support more spending on the $133 million project. But a city council vote in December revitalized the project, which is set to be finished in 2016.

The streetcar line is designed to connect Cincinnati's downtown and riverfront stadiums with the nearby Over-the-Rhine historic district's trendy bars, restaurants and a popular farmers market.


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Mumps cases in central Ohio outbreak now top 100
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Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials monitoring a central Ohio mumps outbreak say the viral illness has now affected more than 100 people.

Eighty-one of the 103 confirmed cases reported Friday are linked to Ohio State University. Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to this week.

Most of those infected are from Columbus. A few are from elsewhere in surrounding Franklin County.

Individual cases also have been reported involving people from Fairfield, Hamilton, Licking and Union counties.

Delaware County says it is investigating seven suspected cases of mumps.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.


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