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Plane Forced To Land On Busy Road In New Jersey, USA

A skydiving plane has been forced to make an emergency landing on a highway after running out of power.
 
The single-engine plane was carrying five people when it was forced into the manoeuvre in Stafford Township, New Jersey.
 
Video of the incident released by police shows the aircraft gliding onto the grass-covered reservation in the middle of the road, narrowly missing passing vehicles.
 
The instructor on board suffered a cut on his arm, but no other injuries were reported in Sunday morning’s incident.
 
The incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, local media reported.
Courtesy of Sky News

Major Snow Storm To Strike Massachusetts, USA

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A snow plow work its way up Rt. 202 in Ringoes cleaning up after a Nor’easter storm in 2014. The DOT sent six similar plows to help Massachusetts fight another snow storm. Tony Kurdzuk | NJ Advance Media for NJ..com
While New England and New Jersey may have their sports rivalries, when it comes to fighting snow, they’re on the same side.
 
More than 25 pieces of NJDOT snow fighting equipment and 36 workers left  Wednesday for snow bound Massachusetts to help fight an upcoming storm forecast to hit New England in the next several days, officials said.
 
State police officials said the state is returning the favor, through an interstate natural disaster mutual agreement which brought help form Massachusetts to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
 
“New Jersey benefited greatly from assistance the State of Massachusetts sent during Superstorm Sandy,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We are proud to be able help our New England neighbors in their recovery from historic amounts of snow.”  
 
The NJDOT snow fighting team will be deployed for seven days and sent 10 six-ton dump trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders, six front end loaders and 10 smaller “Bobcat” front end loaders up north, officials said.
Courtesy of NJ Advance Media

Chikungunya virus targets 20 New Jersey residents, USA

Chikungunya Virus Alert

Twenty New Jersey residents have tested positive for the chikungunya virus, according to the state Health Department.

The mosquito-borne virus has spread through the Caribbean, and the first two cases in the U.S. were reported last week in Florida.

Health officials say the virus is not contagious from person to person, is typically not life threatening and will likely resolve on its own.

If a person tests positive for chikungunya and is then bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person.

Infection with chikungunya virus is rarely fatal, but the joint pain can often be severe and debilitating. Other symptoms include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash.

Symptoms appear on average three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, the health department says. Most patients feel better after a few days or weeks, however, some people may develop long-term effects. Complications are more common in infants younger than a year old; those older than 65; and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

The state Health Department says the residents who came down with chikungunya had returned to New Jersey from the Caribbean. Chikungunya causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints.

200 evacuated due to train derailment in New Jersey, USA

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Authorities say 200 passengers have been evacuated from a passenger train that derailed in New Jersey.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman Erica Dumas says a PATH train struck a box truck that was crossing the tracks in Harrison, just outside of Newark, Sunday night.

Dumas says the front two wheels of the train went off the tracks.

She says four people are being treated at a hospital with minor injuries.

The train was heading from Harrison to Newark at the time of the incident, which remains under investigation.

Power Knocked Out To Thousands In New Jersey, America
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Power Knocked Out to Thousands in New Jersey

A power switching station failure knocked out power to thousands of people in New Jersey Thursday evening.

Around 24,000 PSE&G customers were affected by the outage from North Bergen Township to Edgewater. A customer could be one home or an entire apartment building.

Power was restored about an hour later.

Officials say some sort of failure in the Bergen switching station in Ridgefield interrupted service to four substations in Bergen and Hudson counties.

The exact problem at the switching station wasn’t immediately clear.