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News Making International Headlines: 20 October 2021

Train Derails in Australia


PHOTO: AERIALS OF DERAILED TRAIN, SOUNDBITES FROM NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE SUPERINTENDENT CRAIG IRELAND, POLICE AT SCENE

INTERNATIONAL: A four-car commuter train has derailed 90-kilometres south of Sydney, after it smashed into an abandoned stolen vehicle that had been parked across the tracks. The impact knocked the front carriage onto its side and tilted the second one. The incident occurred at Kembla Grange, near Wollongong. Twelve people were evacuated from the passenger train, including the trapped driver. He has been hospitalized along with four passengers. Police have set up a crime scene after a person was reported running away from the site. It was not known how long the vehicle had been parked on the tracks. It had been stolen from a home at Flinders.

Lucky Escape from Plane Crash in Texas


PHOTO: AERIALS OF DERAILED TRAIN, SOUNDBITES FROM NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE SUPERINTENDENT CRAIG IRELAND, POLICE AT SCENE

21 people have had a very lucky escape after a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 passenger jet rolled through a fence and caught fire while attempting to take off from Houston Executive Airport. All 21 people onboard made it off the plane, with only two being taken to hospital with minor injuries. The plane was on its way to Boston, where the Houston Astros will face the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Authority are investigating the crash.

Stunning Footage of World’s Most Dangerous Road


And, drone footage has been released of what is said to be one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the world. The "Paso Internacional Los Libertadores", also called the Cristo Redentor tunnel, was first inaugurated in 1980. It is a mountain pass through the Andes and links Argentina and Chile. The road begins on the Chilean side, with a steep climb of approximately 50 kilometers from Los Andes and then a further 70 kilometers from Santiago. The first 20 curves lie across just four kilometres. The next 9 zigzags cover just 2.5 kilometres, taking drivers to an altitude of 2,800 metres. The road’s highest point is at a headache-inducing 3,840 metres, where drivers can take in the Christ the Redeemer statue, unveiled in 1904 as part of the celebration of the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between the two countries. The route is closed during the winter months, with the threat of rockfalls and heavy snow.


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