49 hurt in train derailment
A New York-area commuter railroad said 49 people were injured Friday when a train derailed and was struck by a train on an adjacent track. At least four of the injured were in serious condition, but there were no fatalities, authorities said. About 250 people were aboard the two trains. The Metro-North Railroad said a train that departed Grand Central Station en route to New Haven derailed. A westbound train on an adjacent track then struck the derailed train. Some cars on the second train also derailed as a result of the collision. Amtrak suspended service indefinitely between New York and Boston.
FRAZIER PARK, CALIF.
Terrain slows firefighters
Firefighters battled terrain and flames as they worked to surround a wildfire burning for a third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles. Thirty miles to the south, firefighters worked to save 19 mountain homes in a 250-acre blaze. Temperatures dipped Thursday and remained cool Friday, but winds exceeding 20 mph continued to swirl. Much of the Frazier Park blaze that has blackened more than 6 square miles was in rocky, rugged, difficult-to-reach places, making containment a challenge. After a heavy aerial firefighting effort, the fire was 35 percent contained Friday. In Castaic to the south, a fire started just before 1:30 p.m. Friday and briefly threatened an elementary school. Firefighters in the air and on the ground were able to douse the flames closest to Northlake Hills Elementary School. The school had a large defensible space around it, so it was easy to protect, authorities said.
Volcano creates spectacle
One of Alaska’s most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an eruption that was visible for miles. An air traffic controller in the region said small planes flew around the plumes from Pavlof Volcano. Ash would have to rise tens of thousands of feet to threaten larger planes. The eruption began Monday, and a photograph showed lava spraying out from the summit of the volcano, 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said clouds of ash, steam and gas have occasionally reached the 20,000-foot level.
Compiled from wire reports.