Train hits cars near Chicago, 16 hurt

by Jon Surmacz on November 24, 2005

Train hits cars near Chicago, 16 hurt — A train carrying hundreds of Thanksgiving eve rush hour commuters crashed into vehicles at a crossing in suburban Chicago late Wednesday afternoon, injuring at least 16 people, three critically, a spokeswoman for the rail company said. (CNN)


Road, rail accidents snarl holiday travel
— Millions of Americans hit the road or took to the sky yesterday in the annual dash to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving turkey, despite the prospect of traffic jams, snowy highways, and crowded airports and train stations. (AP)

Ready, set – travel — Millions of Americans hit the road or took to the skies Wednesday in the annual dash to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving turkey, despite the prospect of traffic jams, snowy highways, crowded airports and packed train stations. (CNN)

A busy travel day loses its No. 1 spot — The anxiety-filled rituals of Thanksgiving eve seemed to ease slightly this year, so much so that aviation and highway experts predicted that the day before Thanksgiving might be ceding its claim as the busiest travel day of the year. (The New York Times)

Air travel can trip up infrequent flyers — If you’re flying for the holidays you have lots to think about: what to pack and leave behind what to wear and how early to get to the airport. Tight security, new technology and airlines’ financial woes are making air travel more complicated than ever this Thanksgiving, when many travelers take their one big trip of the year. (AP)

Nature may put damper on Macy’s parade — When the 79th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes to the streets of New York City on Thursday, the balloons may need beefed-up security because forecasts of fierce wind, rain showers and snowstorms have police and city officials considering ways to avoid accidents involving the balloons. (CNN)

New Orleans Mardi Gras parades to roll on — New Orleans’ colorful Mardi Gras parades will roll again next year, despite the hole that Hurricane Katrina punched in the city budget. But there will be fewer floats and a shorter marching season because the city can’t afford police overtime, officials said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

China reports second bird flu death — A second Chinese woman is reported to have died from bird flu in the eastern Anhui province, the third confirmed human case in the country. (CNN)

Close calls at LAX despite safety efforts — Years of efforts to improve runway safety at Los Angeles International Airport have failed to reduce close calls between airplanes on its four busy runways, a Times review of federal records shows. (Los Angeles Times)

Roam, sweet roam — Considering the long lines at the grocery store, the traffic snarls and pressure to make the perfect feast, one wonders whether there are people out there who really are that happy about a Happy Thanksgiving. (The Washington Post)


Carrie Charney, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.

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