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Queensland | Cairns emergency services workers thanked

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls has thanked all those who have worked on the tragic crime scene in Cairns and in the surrounding community over recent days.

Mr Nicholls said police, emergency service workers, SES volunteers and countless community groups had come to the aid of the Manoora community.

“We are deeply grateful for the work done by all these workers who have had to manage the most confronting of situations,” Mr Nicholls said.

“More than 220 police have been involved in the case, many of whom have left their families in other cities to go to Cairns to assist.

“Ambulance officers were among the first responders and we thank them for the caring way they have carried out their work.

“There are also numerous social service organisations at work in the community, from the Salvation Army keeping the barbecue going at the drop-in centre, to other church groups, Uniting Care Community and our own Department of Communities staff.

“They have all played a vital role and I want to offer them my heartfelt thanks.”

Acting Police Minister Andrew Powell paid tribute to the work of police liaison officers.

“These officers have been a constant presence in the Manoora community, assisting investigating officers to talk with the local community,” Mr Powell said.

“They’ve comforted locals while easing the way for police officers to carry out their vital work. They’ve done so in the most trying circumstances and I thank them for their work.”

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said all those working on the case were being supported by colleagues in the police service.

“Police and emergency service workers have faced trying circumstances, but we are ensuring that all the support services we have are available to them,” he said.

“Policing brings with it challenges – and officers from across Queensland have faced this tragedy with determination to seek justice for these victims and serve their community.

“The investigation still has a long way to go and I want to thank all those involved for their dedication and work to date.”

Mr Nicholls said the Queensland Government would continue to offer the Cairns community every support.

The Government is consulting with the extended family of the victims and the community on appropriate arrangements for the future of the site.


New Zealand | Four people killed – Child seriously injured – RTC on State Highway One in Waipu

Four people are dead and a child is seriously injured following a fatal crash on State Highway One, Waipu yesterday afternoon.

The crash, involving a logging truck and a car, occurred just after 1pm. Initial indications are that the car was making a u-turn when it hit the oncoming truck.

Police have released the names of the people who died in the crash.

The names are:

Andy LI, aged 43 years, of Auckland
Catherine LI, aged 10 years, of Auckland
Xingwu BIAN, aged 47 years, of Auckland
Ximeng BIAN, aged eight years, of Auckland

The eight-year-old boy who was injured in the crash has been transferred to Auckland Starship Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Northland Road Policing Manager Inspector Murray Hodson says this is a very tragic incident, which appears to be caused by a momentary error of judgement.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims especially at this time of year when families are getting together to celebrate Christmas.”

The crash is a reminder for all drivers to stay focused and concentrate on their driving.

“One mistake can lead to fatal consequences.”

Mr Hodson says there are already reports of drivers speeding to get to their destinations after being delayed by the crash.

“Please slow down. We want you to get to your destination safely and police do not want to attend another crash like this one. We also don’t want to tell other families that their loved ones have died on the road this Christmas.”

England | South Yorkshire – Five people killed, another injured in RTC in Doncaster

A fifth person has died following a collision in Conisbrough, Doncaster, last night (Saturday 15 November).

A Toyota and a Seat car were involved in a crash at around 9.40pm.

It happened on the on the A630 at Conisbrough, approximately 600 metres from Archer Way when travelling towards Doncaster.

Two males and a female inside the Toyota died. A further two people inside the same car, a male and a female, were taken to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.

The male sadly died at hospital in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 16 November) and the young woman has also now died.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the five people inside the Toyota are all teenagers aged between 16 and 18 and are from the Doncaster area.

The man driving the Seat suffered a broken leg.

A 21-year-old Doncaster man, who police believe may have been driving a third vehicle which may have been involved, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail as enquiries continue.

The road was closed while police were at the scene and was reopened at around 3am.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


New South Wales | Three people killed, three injured after shop fire in Rozelle

Emergency services have located two more bodies at the scene of a building fire in Rozelle.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel discovered one of the bodies, believed to belong to an adult, around 10.30am today (Friday 5 September 2014).

Another body, believed to belong to an infant child, was found shortly after 1pm.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel have removed the bodies from the rubble.

The development follows the discovery of another body yesterday afternoon.

None of the bodies have been identified; post-mortem examinations will be conducted in the coming days.

Strike Force Baracchi, which will be led by the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit, has been formed to investigate the fire.

The Commander of the Property Crime Squad, Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman, said the case was absolutely tragic.

“Three people have lost their lives in this event, and our thoughts are with their families and friends who are grief-stricken,” Detective Superintendent Chapman said.

“Specialist detectives from the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit are leading this investigation, and are working closely with colleagues from Central Metropolitan Region, Leichhardt Local Area Command and other emergency services agencies to determine how and why this tragic event occurred.

“We are treating the fire as suspicious, however, given the investigation is still in its infancy, I cannot go into detail on our lines of inquiry.”

Detective Superintendent Chapman thanked local residents and business owners for their support.

“I would like to thank the local community here in Rozelle for their patience and understanding. We are working as fast as possible to reopen the closed section of Darling Street.

“However, please bear in mind, that this is still a dangerous site for all of the emergency workers at the scene, and we need to work carefully and methodically to ensure the safety of our people.”

He added that anyone with information that may assist detectives should contact Crime Stoppers.

“I encourage anyone with information that may assist us, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact Crime Stoppers,” Detective Superintendent Chapman said.

“Information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

For up to date information on road closures visit www.livetraffic.com.

Tennessee | THP announces results of investigation into 2013 multiple fatality bus crash in Jefferson County

Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today joined members of the agency’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to announce the results of the bus crash investigation that killed eight people last October in Jefferson County.

District Attorney General James Dunn of the fourth judicial district, Mayor Alan Palmieri and Sheriff Bud McCoig, both of Jefferson County, and Brad Phillips, the county’s emergency services director and one of the first on the crash scene, were also in attendance.

The three vehicle crash occurred at approximately 2 p.m. (EDT) on October 2, 2013 on Interstate 40 westbound near mile marker 423 in Jefferson County. The investigation indicates that a 1997 Metrotrans Europa Motorcoach, owned by Front Street Baptist Church of Statesville, N.C., was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 in the left lane when it sustained a left-front tire failure that caused the driver to lose control. The bus traveled into the median, struck the cable barrier on the westbound side of I-40, continued through the cable barrier and hit a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2014 Volvo tractor trailer.  The bus came to rest on its right side.

There were eight fatalities as a result of the crash. The church bus carried 18 occupants, five of whom were ejected and fatally injured and one who died inside the bus; one of the three occupants in the Tahoe was killed, and the sole occupant, the driver of the tractor trailer, died in the crash. Fourteen people suffered injuries.

“This was a tragic event that claimed the lives of eight individuals by no fault of any one person. We tasked local troopers, members of our Critical Incident Response Team and Criminal Investigation Division to conduct a thorough investigation that found no evidence of impairment on any drivers involved in the crash, no evidence that the drivers were distracted and no evidence that the bus was not well-maintained,” Colonel Trott said.

“This tragedy was the result of blunt force impact to the front tire that weakened its internal structure and caused the tire’s failure. There was no evidence of any pre-existing condition to the tire,” he added. “It was an accident and we continue to keep those affected in our thoughts.”

Scotland | Body of ninth victim removed from Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow

Police Scotland can confirm today (Monday 2nd December 2013) that a ninth body has been removed from Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow and been taken to the city’s Southern General hospital for formal identification.

The wreckage of the helicopter has also been removed, following a painstaking operation by fire-fighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service using specialist lifting equipment. It will now be subject to detailed examination and investigation by the Air Accidents and Investigation Branch and taken in due course to their Farnborough facility in Hampshire.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “We will now continue the search and recovery operation at the site to satisfy ourselves that all the victims of Friday night’s tragic incident have been recovered.

“This has been a difficult and complex operation. A painstaking process is underway to search and preserve the scene which is subject to investigation.

“The uncertainty for the families of those who have died is at the front of our minds. It remains our absolute priority to give clarity to those affected as soon as we are able.

“The loss of so many people has been deeply felt in Glasgow and across the country. Work will now continue to progress this recovery operation and give clarity to those who have lost their loved ones.”

Assistant Chief Officer David Goodhew, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“The Clutha Vaults was originally part of a tenement building. The roof that can be seen is actually the third floor covering – there are three roofs in the property. The quantity of rubble was far greater than a normal roof and it was substantial in every area you looked at. Also walls collapsed inside the building, which again caused more rubble. The walls are substantial, constructed of sandstone and almost one metre thick at the bottom.

“Heavy rescue equipment was brought in to lift the helicopter, which weighs approximately three tonnes. Our approach was to lift it from its current location without causing any further damage to the structure of the aircraft. That will assist with the ongoing investigation being carried out by AAIB.

“Struts and strapping were used to secure the fuselage to allow the helicopter to be lifted safely. It had already been lifted by approximately two feet to allow it to be secured and made ready for extraction. This has been a very delicate operation and we have had to take great care not to disturb the scene.

“We have also been extremely mindful of the very sensitive circumstances of the situation in which members of the public and Police Scotland lost their lives. For that reason all our activities have been carried out in a very respectful and dignified manner.”