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9 Puerto Ricans killed after military plane crash in Georgia

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A team of 9 Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C 130 into retirement in Arizona when it a plane crash onto a highway in Georgia.

A team of 9 Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C 130 into retirement in Arizona when it a plane crash onto a highway in Georgia.

The plane crashed onto state highway 21 moments after taking off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, narrowly missing people on the ground and sending an orange and black fireball into the sky. AP News reported.

“It miraculously did not hit any vehicles, any homes,” Effingham County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gena Bilbo said. “This is a very busy highway.”



8 hours after the plane crash, she added: “To our knowledge, there are no survivors.”

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The huge plane’s fuselage appeared to have struck the median, and pieces of its wings, which spanned 132 feet, were scattered across lanes in both directions. The debris field stretched 600 feet in diameter, Bilbo said. The only part still intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, a spokesman for the Savannah Firefighters Association.

The airplane was more than 60 years old, said Isabelo Rivera, Adjutant General of Puerto Rico’s National Guard. Belonging to the 156th Air Wing, it was used to rescue U.S. citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year.

A team of 9 Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C 130 into retirement in Arizona when it a plane crash onto a highway in Georgia.

“The planes that we have in Puerto Rico it’s not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory” of all National Guard planes nationwide. Puerto Rico’s National Guard has five other similar planes, two of which need maintenance and aren’t being used, Rivera said.

It’s too early to say what might have caused the plane crash accident, Rivera said. The airplane last received maintenance at the base in Savannah in April 2018.

All nine Puerto Ricans had helped with hurricane recovery efforts as part of the 198th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed the Bucaneros, which flies out of Base Muniz in the northern coastal city of Carolina.

“This pains us,” Rivera said of the deaths. They aren’t releasing names until all the families have been contacted, but “most of them already know and have come to the base.”

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Motorist Mark Jones told the Savannah News that he saw the plane hit the road right in front of him, about a mile from the airport.



“It didn’t look like it nosedived, but it almost looked like it stalled and just went almost flat right there in the middle of the highway,” Jones said, describing how people stopped and got out of their cars following the explosion.

“I’m still shook up and shaking. My stomach is in knots because I know they’re people just like me. I wasn’t that far from it, and I could have just kept going, and it would have been me, and we wouldn’t be talking right now,” Jones said.

The U.S. territory’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello expressed his sadness, tweeting that “our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew.”

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been briefed on the crash, and sent “thoughts and prayers for killed Puerto Ricans, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard.”

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Drunk driver smashes light poles on Wisconsin highway

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A suspected drunk driver was caught on surveillance video mowing down light poles on a highway in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

A suspected drunk driver was caught on surveillance video mowing down light poles on a highway in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The video out of Milwaukee shows a pickup truck climbing on top of a dividing wall on the highway and knocking down two light poles, snarling traffic. FOX LA reported.

2 killed, 4 hurt in DUI crash in Beverly Hills

The incident happened last Friday afternoon on Interstate 43



Drivers on the other side of the highway tried to swerve out of the way, but debris struck six cars from the incident.

No one was seriously injured.

9 Puerto Ricans killed after military plane crash in Georgia

Police arrested the suspected drunk driver after administering a field sobriety test.

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2 killed, 4 hurt in DUI crash in Beverly Hills

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A driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI crash in Beverly Hills that left two women dead, and four others hurt. According to Beverly Hills Police.

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI crash in Beverly Hills that left two women dead, and four others hurt. According to Beverly Hills Police.

Beverly Hills Police responded to the solo-vehicle crash shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the area of Little Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. The driver of the BMW was believed to have lost control before striking a curb and then a tree. ABC7 reported.

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Some of the passengers were ejected from the car, and one was pronounced dead at the scene. 5 others were transported to a hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical. One of those passengers later died from her injuries, according to police.

All 6 people in the car were identified as women in their 20s. Authorities said they believe some of the victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.



Beverly Hills detectives said DUI and speed are believed to be a factor in the collision, and the driver has been arrested. Investigators were also looking into whether the BMW was equipped to carry 6 passengers.

“This is a very unfortunate, and very tragic accident,” said Lt. Renato Moreno. “As a police, our hearts go out to the victims and their families, their extended family, and we hope there are education efforts of the don’t drink and drive a message that we often give.”

The name of the suspected DUI crash driver has not been released.

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Little Santa Monica Street was closed as crews cleared the scene. It was later reopened.

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Boy riding bike with dad dies after hit by drunk driver

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A 6-year-old boy was killed and his dad was critically injured after police say they were struck by a drunk driver while on a mini bike ride in Philadelphia.

A 6-year-old boy was killed and his dad was critically injured after police say they were struck by a drunk driver while on a mini bike ride in Philadelphia.

Police officers were called to the scene around 11:15 p.m. Sunday at 63rd and Callowhill streets. ABC7 reported.

Philadelphia Police say the 24-year-old father and son were riding a mini bike that was not registered or street legal. It had no lights, and neither victim was wearing a helmet.

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The two were traveling south on 63rd when a northbound SUV struck them as they were turning left onto Callowhill.

Arriving police and medics found multiple people lying in the roadway. The unresponsive 6-year-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.



Authorities say the 28-year-old male drunk driver appeared impaired and was driving with a suspended driver license. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for treatment.

Officers reportedly found a bottle and can of beer in the vehicle. The drunk driver is expected to be charged with DUI.

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The father was taken to Lankenau Medical Center for injuries to his head, hip, and leg. Doctors had to partially amputate one leg.

If he survives, police say the father may face charges for putting his child in danger.

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