11 killed in LA train wreck

by Jon Surmacz on January 27, 2005

wreck1-26.jpg11 killed in LA train wreck — A man apparently intending to commit suicide parked his SUV in the path of a Metrolink commuter train Wednesday morning, then jumped out of the way in time to watch a chain-reaction wreck that killed at least 11 people and injured about 180. The crash, which involved three trains, was the deadliest on a railroad in the United States since 1999.

‘Like a flashbulb going off in your face’ — To astronomers, the new breed of hand-held laser pointer is a way to write in the sky, its two-mile-long beam allowing them to trace constellations and point out individual stars. To a lost hiker, the laser is a lifeline to a search and rescue team overhead. To a “Star Wars” fan, it is a prop for playing a lightsaber-wielding Jedi knight. But to a pilot in a darkened cockpit, the pointer’s bright green beam could be something very different — a disorienting and even blinding blast of color.

Under 25? You’ll pay extra for your rental — Lindsey Benoit thought her three-day trip from New York to New Hampshire would be easy — until she started looking for a rental car. Benoit, 23, discovered that it’s difficult to find a company that will rent to drivers under 25, and even harder to find one that offers younger drivers a good deal. She ended up renting from Hertz Corp. for $400, almost twice what an over-25 driver would pay.

Low-cost international airline gets green light — A Northern Virginia company has received initial federal approval to form the first U.S.-based low-cost airline that would fly exclusively to international destinations, although it still must clear other regulatory and financial hurdles. The Department of Transportation has given tentative approval to SkyLink Airways Inc., calling the new venture “fit, willing and able” to operate financially. But the Federal Aviation Administration must still approve its maintenance and safety plans.

Delta turns up the volume on Song — Delta’s low-fare subsidiary Song is doubling daily flights from John F. Kennedy Airport, heating up discount competition in the huge New York air market. The new flights, announced Wednesday, are part of a broader move by No. 3 Delta to bulk up its low-fare brand, and sharpen transcontinental competition with discounter JetBlue.

Travel agent’s tsunami ad pulled – It’s a new low in advertising: An E-mail offering “Special Tsunami Fares” on Singapore Airlines – complete with a picture of people fleeing a giant wave. The E-mail was sent on behalf of Millennium international travels, a Madison Ave. travel agent that yesterday disavowed the insensitive message.

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