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18 people struck by car at Los Angeles school



Published: Thu, January 31, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



18 people struck by carat Los Angeles school

LOS ANGELES -- A 65-year-old woman trying to pick up her grandchild at school accidentally plowed her car into 15 children and three adults, trapping some victims under her vehicle, police said.

At least four of the victims -- who ranged in age from 6 to 9 -- were seriously injured, according to hospitals. The other victims' injuries ranged from leg fractures to bumps and bruises, Fire Department spokesman Steve Ruda said.

The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon when the car suddenly accelerated as children waited in lines to be picked up by parents at the Westminster Academy, a Christian day school. The driver may have mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, Fire Department spokesman Steve Ruda said.

The car's driver was taken to a hospital. Authorities did not release her name, but vehicle records showed the car was registered to a Kae Hak Lee of Glendale.

"This was a tragic accident, but definitely no criminal intent," said police Sgt. John Pasquariello.

NASA: Satellite debrislikely landed in Egypt

WASHINGTON -- Any debris that reached Earth from a falling satellite probably crashed somewhere in Egypt, NASA officials said today.

The agency announced that any pieces of the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite that survived a fiery fall through the atmosphere would have hit Egypt about 11:15 p.m. EST Wednesday. The announcement is based on radar tracking by the Air Force, said NASA spokeswoman Dolores Beasley.

The 7,000-pound science satellite began falling from orbit Wednesday and NASA updated its predicted landing site throughout the day and evening.

Before the final announcement, the agency had said the probable landing site of any debris would be the Persian Gulf. Earlier, the prediction had been northeastern Brazil.

Twelve hours after the predicted impact time, Beasley said it was still uncertain if any pieces of the satellite actually reached Earth.

The falling satellite was tracked by radar by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Air Force command known as NORAD that monitors space satellites.

Reno leaves hospitalafter fainting spell

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Former Attorney General Janet Reno left a hospital this morning about 12 hours after fainting during a speech.

"I feel fine," Reno, 63, said as she left Strong Memorial Hospital. "Rochester takes very good care of its people. I feel good."

Reno, who has Parkinson's disease, said she didn't think the fainting spell would hurt her campaign for Florida governor.

She said it had happened before, and besides, "George Bush fainted," she said referring to the president's recent fainting spell after a pretzel became stuck in his throat.

"I got hot about when I started speaking because it was hot up on that corner of the stage," Reno said. "I just got progressively hotter, and I then said I had to sit down and I exited gracefully or ungracefully. I don't know how."

Reno had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the University of Rochester on Wednesday night when she fainted. She told the audience, "You're going to have to excuse me for a minute. I'm going to have to sit down." She then collapsed.

She asked her doctors not to discuss her health with the media, and the hospital planned to release only a statement later today.

Powerful winter storm pounds Plains, Lakes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Commuters battled ice-glazed roads and heavy snow early today after the year's first real blast of winter weather swept through the Plains and into Great Lakes. At least 14 deaths have been blamed on the slick roads and freezing temperatures.

Heavy snow and freezing rain stranded airline passengers, shut down schools and left thousands without electricity across the Midwest today. The Michigan Legislature called off its session and hearings after forecasters warned the freezing rain would continue into evening.

About 270,000 customers were without power in the Kansas City area, 200,000 lost power in Oklahoma, and at least 63,000 others were without power in Michigan and Indiana.

The storm had dumped 17 inches of snow on O'Hare International Airport in Chicago by early today, causing some cancellations and delays. Northwest Airlines and United canceled all Wednesday flights in and out of Kansas City International Airport; Delta scrubbed some flights, and more delays were expected today.




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