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Crash kills two on I-74 Wednesday

GALESBURG, ILL.  Two people were killed and two were injured in a five vehicle crash on Wednesday afternoon, Illinois State Police confirmed. The crash occurred on Interstate 74 near Galesburg. A semi-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle when approaching a construction zone, which caused a chain reaction of collisions. The crash involved three cars and two semi-trailers. One driver died at the scene and another died after being transported to a nearby hospital. Two surviving drivers received treatment at Galesburg hospitals for injuries. Names are being held until families have been notified. (Source: Register-Mail)

Amtrak train was traveling 107 mph on curve

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on May 12, killing at least seven people, was moving at more than 100 mph, double the posted 50 mph speed limit. The engineer at the controls when it crashed has refused to comment. More than 200 were aboard the Washington to New York train when the train derailed. Congress and safety regulators have been pressuring Amtrak to install Positive Train Control, which uses GPS, wireless radio and computers to prevent trains from exceeding the speed limit, on that section of track. (Source: Associated Press)

Traces of banned chemicals found in Syria

PARIS — International inspectors found trace chemicals in at least three different military locations in Syria. This discovery comes while the Syrian government is being accused of bombarding insurgents with chlorine bombs. Two years ago President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle Syria’s chemical arsenal. President Obama has used this as the single claim to policy success in the country and the violation could also hurt Syria’s ally Russia. On May 12, President Vladimir Putin and Secretary of State John Kerry met in Sochi, Russia to discuss Syria. It is unknown if the lingering chemicals are caused by a continuing weapons program or not. (Source: New York Times)

TKS Staff

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