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Cause of fatal Newport Beach-to-Ensenada yacht race is still unconfirmed

Yacht Race Deaths

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The Aegean with crew members at the start of a 125-mile Newport Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico yacht race on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Authorities Monday are still trying to determine what happened to a ship that was reported missing and later found destroyed during a weekend boat race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico. Three crew members were killed and one is missing.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 37-foot Aegean, which began the 125-mile race carrying a crew of four, was reported missing Saturday. A GPS race tracking system indicated the vessel disappeared about 1:30 a.m. PDT. Conditions at the time were fine for sailing, say authorities, with good visibility and moderate ocean swells.

No signs of distress were reported before the wreckage was found, notes the Daily Breeze. The yacht appears to have collided with a much larger vessel at night, several miles off the coast near the border, said the Newport Ocean Sailing Association on Sunday. 

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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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Fatal morning accident sends light pole crashing onto I-210 Freeway

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A fatal crash on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga closed lanes of westbound traffic on Friday morning. The accident, which occurred near Amethyst Avenue, was reported around just after 5:00 a.m.

The incident involved a 1996 GMC Suburban traveling about 70 mph in the westbound carpool. The vehicle, according to a written statement by officials, veered to the right crossing all lanes of traffic and climbed an embankment where it overturned and hit a metal light pole, causing it to fall onto the freeway.

The 68-year-old San Bernardino man behind the wheel was killed, and his 14-year-old female passenger was reportedly injured and taken to a local hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol, notes the Press Enterprise.  

"The primary cause of this collision is still under investigation," according to the statement. Traffic has resumed to normal speeds.

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