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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Six Injured in Tallahassee Workplace Stabbing

EDM Wednesday Briefing: Six Injured in Tallahassee Workplace Stabbing

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 11, 2019: The four trapped crew members on the overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia have all been rescued; a train derailment and fire forced the evacuations of schools and homes near Dupo, Illinois, on Tuesday; a driver died and eight children were injured in a school bus crash in Mississippi; police do not suspect terrorism in an incident that forced the evacuation of about four blocks of downtown Baltimore; a Georgia highway was closed for hours after a truck carrying explosives overturned; a controlled release of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is being recommended by nuclear scientists; an emergency preparedness drill is set for the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for September 18; police issued a "no travel" advisory after heavy debris littered streets from straight-line winds and a tornado that slammed into Sioux Falls late Tuesday evening; two pilots are feared dead following an early morning crash of a cargo plane on approach to a Toledo airport; and police have a suspect in custody after a workplace stabbing in Tallahassee Wednesday morning that left six people injured.

1) The four crew members trapped inside an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia were finally rescued after enduring life-threatening conditions for nearly 36 hours. Temperatures reached about 150 degrees inside the ship, and the crew members had to make their way along pipes and railings in pitch blackness to stay above deep water. Three of the crew members were trapped in the engine room. The fourth person was trapped in a partially submerged control room protected by blast-proof glass, which further challenged rescue efforts.

2) A train derailment in St. Clair County, near Dupo, Illinois, forced the evacuations of homes and schools, and power was cut off to the East Carondelet community Tuesday afternoon. The Union Pacific train, which was allegedly carrying the flammable liquid solvent methyl isobutyl ketone, derailed around 12:45 p.m. The train caught fire and the flames could be seen for miles, according to a social media post by St. Clair Emergency Management officials. More than a dozen cars were involved in the derailment and fire, and according to emergency management officials, at least 30 agencies responded to the incident.

3) Eight schoolchildren in Mississippi were injured and a driver was killed when their school bus went off the road and rolled over. According to reports, bus driver Chester Cole suffered a heart attack, which caused the bus to go off Highway 72 and crash in Benton County. Officials stated that Cole was at the beginning of his route when the incident occurred. Four of the eight injured children transported to a hospital in Tennessee were listed in serious but stable condition.

4) Evacuations were ordered, streets were closed and public transportation was cut off over four blocks in Baltimore on Monday after police received reports of a suspicious vehicle containing nearly 100 gallons of fuel. The van was found in a parking garage near the Inner Harbor, and police conducted precautionary sweeps to ensure public safety before reopening the area. A second van, which allegedly contained about 600 gallons of diesel, was found hours later in Baltimore County. Police believe that neither incident was related to terrorism.

5) A Dawson County highway was closed for nearly nine hours on Tuesday after a truck carrying explosives overturned. The vehicle overturned after a woman, Pamela Russell, 64 -- who was allegedly driving under the influence -- sideswiped the truck before hitting another vehicle. The explosives involved in the cash are known as Hydromite Advance 120, a petroleum-based ammonium nitrate. They are very safe for transportation and are used for mining, quarry work, and construction blasting, although a hazmat crew was called in for cleanup.

6) The Japanese nuclear plant that suffered meltdowns during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami is running out of room to store radioactive water. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-powered plant currently has more than 1,000 tanks holding over 1 million gallons of radioactive water. Doing a controlled release into the Pacific Ocean is one of six options they are exploring for when they reach on-site holding capacity -- sometime in 2022. Members of both the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority have proposed the water's release into the Pacific Ocean as the only viable option scientifically and financially.

7) The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is set to conduct an emergency preparedness exercise on September 18. The drill will include the use of a mock airplane and involve at least 75 different agencies, supported by around 80 volunteers. The airport director noted that emergency preparedness drills takes place every three years and includes a collaborative effort by the airport, airlines, aircraft rescue, firefighters, and multiple mutual aid partners to help ensure an efficient and timely response to any event at the airport, especially those including an aircraft.

8) Police issued a "no travel" advisory after damaging straight-line winds and a tornado struck Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Tuesday night, causing widespread damage. Heavy debris, including trees and power lines, littered the streets in southern sections of the city. Multiple homes, businesses and a hospital were damaged by the straight-line winds and tornado. More than 7,500 people remained without power early Wednesday morning, and the National Weather Service (NWS) is expected to survey the area to determine what types of winds caused specific damages.

9) Two pilots are feared dead after a cargo plane crashed upon its final approach early Wednesday morning into an airport in Toledo, Ohio, and burst into flames. The turboprop plane, a Convair 440, was likely carrying auto parts when it crashed about a mile from the Toledo Express Airport where it was trying to land. Upon impact, the plane plowed into multiple unoccupied vehicles in a repair and towing shop's parking lot. A significant fire erupted as the plane slammed into the vehicles, and it is unknown if any distress calls were made by the pilots prior to the crash.

10) Police in Tallahassee, Florida, say they have a suspect in custody following a workplace stabbing incident that injured six victims on Wednesday morning. The stabbings occurred at around 8:37 a.m. at Dyke Industries, a business located in the city's northwest side. According to reports, six people were rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment, although their conditions were unknown.

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Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.