CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The driver of a loaded log truck that collided Friday with a sightseeing train carrying 63 passengers and four crewmembers on a scenic leaf-peeping circuit in West Virginias mountains was the lone fatality in an accident that injured 23 others, authorities said.
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said two train cars flipped on their sides.
27 migrants die in week’s 2nd sinking
For the second time in a week, a smugglers boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. At least 27 people drowned, but 221 people were rescued in a joint Italian-Maltese operation, officials said.
Helicopters ferried the injured to Lampedusa, the Italian island that is the destination for most smugglers boats leaving Tunisia or Libya. It was off Lampedusa that a migrant ship from Libya capsized Oct. 3 with some 500 people aboard. Only 155 survived.
Zoo elephant kills keeper in Missouri
A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri was killed Friday morning when he was crushed by an elephant, a city official said.
John Bradford, 62, died while moving an elephant into a chute that connects stalls to the barn yard at the Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield spokeswoman Cora Scott said.
Boy, 11, guilty of plotting to kill girl
An 11-year-old boy was convicted Friday in northeast Washington state of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in a fifth-grade plot that targeted a female classmate.
School staff seized a handgun and knife the boys brought to school Feb. 7.
The 11-year-old, who left the court in tears, is due back in court Nov. 8 for a sentencing hearing.
Pimping friend gets cheerleader 3 years
A former suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleading captain has been sentenced to three years in prison for prostituting a younger squad member.
Eighteen-year-old Montia Parker was sentenced Friday. She will spend at least two years behind bars before shes eligible for release.
India prepares for historic storm
Officials in India ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes Friday as a massive cyclone that filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal gathered strength and headed toward Indias eastern seaboard.
University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said Cyclone Phailin is near the size of 2005s Hurricane Katrina but with stronger winds.