Thomas C. Zambito Rockland/Westchester Journal News Published 5:39 PM EST Feb 3, 2019 The following account includes excerpts from National Transportation Safety Board interviews with passengers in the lead car of Metro-North Train 659, which collided with a Mercedes SUV at a Valhalla grade crossing on Feb. 3, 2015, killing five passengers and the driver of the SUV. Passenger names were redacted from the NTSB reports. Forty-five minutes into the trip north, the 20 passengers in the lead car of Metro-North Train 659 were filling the time doing what commuters do – checking email, listening to music, knitting, reading the newspaper, dozing off. It was around 6:26 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2015. A winter storm left a deep bank of snow beside the rails of the Harlem Line in the Westchester County hamlet of Valhalla, New York. Few on board seemed to notice when Steven Smalls, in just his ninth month as an engineer, blasted his horn and hit the brakes, dropping his speed down to 51 mph, … [Read more...] about On 4th anniversary of Valhalla train crash, third rail design questioned
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Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
Known as the internet's evil twin, the dark web is a place where services offering hit men-for-hire are just a computer click away. "48 Hours" explores the alarming world of murder-for-hire on the mysterious dark web and exposes an international criminal organization in a hunt for a self-described murder mastermind who uses the name Yura. A six-month investigation spans the globe and leads "48 Hours" to information in the U.S. and beyond, about murder plots bought and paid for -- but not yet carried out. Who is Yura? Where is Yura? And can police intervene before someone else gets killed? HIT TARGET: COTTAGE GROVE, MN He calls himself Yura -- a man who says he's behind an international murder empire named Besa Mafia. His real name is unknown. YURA'S VIDEO DIARY: A hit man market place is like any other auction site. It brings customers and vendors together. YURA'S VIDEO DIARY: Any hit man is welcome to sign up. But not all will be … [Read more...] about “48 Hours” disrupts alleged dark web hitmen in potential murder-for-hire plots
A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking. The warning came less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm. Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in St. Louis, said he issued a written report for the company in August 2017. It explained why the boats' engines -- and pumps that remove water from their hulls -- might fail in inclement weather. He also told The Associated Press that the tourist boats' canopies make them hard to escape when they sink — a concern raised by regulators after a similar sinking in Arkansas killed 13 people in 1999. The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches. … [Read more...] about Missouri duck boat accident: Inspector warned company of design flaws last year
A decision on whether or not to increase the prison term for the killer of Corey and Casper Platt-May will be made next week. Robert Brown is currently serving a nine-year stretch for killing the young brothers after hitting them with his car in Coventry while high on cocaine. The brothers had been on an family trip to the park when they were run down in Longfellow Road, Stoke, on February 22. Brown, from Wyken, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed in May. The sentence handed down angered many, including Corey and Casper's family, and was immediately referred to the Attorney General under the unduly lenient sentence scheme. A few weeks later a decision was made to send the case to the Court of Appeal where top judges will decide whether or not the sentence was appropriate, and should be increased. The date for the hearing has now been announced with the case going before the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday, July 10. A terrible tragedy … [Read more...] about Corey and Casper killer’s Court of Appeal date revealed