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Children among 40 people injured after train and school bus collide near Palmerston North #Train #Bus #Collision #NewZealand

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Forty people have been injured after a Feilding High School bus was hit by a train near Palmerston North this morning.

Six students were taken to Palmerston North Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.

Emergency services were alerted to the serious crash just after 8am at the intersection of Railway Road and Clevely Line in Bunnythorpe.

St John said it assessed 40 patients at the scene, whose conditions varied from moderate to minor.

A resident near the crash site said it appeared the front of the school bus was hit by the train and that there were children with minor injuries.

Police were also at the scene and said no children were seriously injured, but some were being treated for minor injuries.

The number of children on the bus was being counted and senior staff from Feilding High School had been at the scene.

Four ambulances and a rapid response team were sent to the scene.

Parents who wanted to collect their children were asked to make themselves known to an officer at the scene.

KiwiRail chief executive Greg Miller said the company was shocked to learn of this morning’s collision, and had sent staff to work with emergency services.

The level crossing on Cleverly Line is protected by flashing lights and bells.

The train driver is physically unharmed but shaken by the incident and was being supported by staff on site, Miller said.

The North Island main trunk line is closed between Marton and Palmerston North.

Diversions were in place and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

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Several paramedics and firefighters hospitalized following chemical fire in Mississauga, Canada #ChemicalFire #Mississauga #Canada

Chemical Explosion Alert

A fire has sent several people to the hospital this evening.

Police confirmed that a chemical fire broke out in the area of Mavis Road and White Clover Way, although the exact cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed.

In addition to several responding paramedics and firefighters being hospitalized, early reports indicate one person has been pronounced dead.

“Our thoughts are with the Peel Paramedics and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services members in hospital,” said the Peel Paramedic Union, who says this is still an active incident.

More information to come as the investigation continues.

Residents should avoid the area until further notice.

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Landslides in Nepal kill 12 people, at least 21 missing #Landslides #Nepal

Landslide Danger Alert

Landslides triggered by torrential rain swept through two villages in Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, a government official said.

Ten people were killed and 21 are missing after a massive landslide swept away homes and people in Barahbise, 100 km (62 miles) east of Kathmandu near the border with the Tibet region of China, Nepali government official Murari Wasti said.

Two others died in a landslide in Baglung in the northwest.

Both landslides struck the villages before dawn and people could not escape to safety, rescuers said.

“Rescuers are looking for those who are missing,” Wasti told Reuters.

The latest fatalities took the death toll from landslides and flash floods in the June-September monsoon season to 314. At least 111 people remain missing and 160 have been injured, Wasti said.

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2 killed as small plane crashes in Los Angeles parking lot #PlaneCrash #LosAngeles #USA

Plane Crash Alert

A small plane crashed and burned in a parking lot near Van Nuys Airport on Friday, killing two people aboard while barely missing parked cars in a narrow space between industrial buildings.

The plane went down shortly after 3 p.m. on Hayvenhurst Avenue just west of the airport, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

It didn’t hit any buildings, the department said. Nobody on the ground was hurt but the plane damaged three cars.

The crash site is just off of a runway.

Televised news reports showed firefighters hosing down the blackened wreckage in the middle of the lot, between some parked cars only feet away. One piece of wreckage appeared to have landed in the back of a pickup truck.

The single-engine Navion B had left Van Nuys Airport and was heading to Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County when it went down, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Santa Ynez is next to the Chumash Casino Resort, about 100 miles from Van Nuys.

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

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300 firefighters battle massive blaze in Kuwait #Fire #Blaze #Kuwait

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More than 300 firemen are battling a massive fire that erupted at the parking lot of a building under construction in Kuwait’s Al Sabah health zone, the fire department said on Saturday.

The department reported that 55 of the firefighters suffered from severe exhaustion after they were exposed to the blaze that erupted at 3:15 pm (local time).

A thermal camera employed by the department recorded the temperature at the fire site at around 322 degree Celcius.

Some floors of the building were transformed into makeshift warehouses where materials had been stacked randomly with no consideration for safety rules, it was stated in a statement. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al Saleh arrived at the scene to follow up closely on the incident.

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At least 50 dead after gold mine collapses in DR Congo #MineCollapse #DRC #Africa

Mining Accident Alert

At least 50 people have been killed after a gold mine collapsed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) has said.

The artisanal gold mine is based near Kamituga in the east of the African country.

Emiliane Itongwa, president of the Initiative of Support and Social Supervision of Women, said the site collapsed at around 3pm local time after heavy rain on Friday.

The NGO president added: “Several miners were in the shaft which was covered and no one could get out. We are talking about fifty young people.”

Photos on social media showed hundreds of people gathered on a hillside around the mineshaft entrance.

The mine was not located on the Kamituga gold concession owned by Canadian miner Banro Corporation, the company’s chief executive said.

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