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Mudslide in Colorado Closes Hwy 24 for Three Hours



Highway 24 Closed

A thunderstorm across Colorado created a mudslide Wednesday afternoon, leaving cars trapped on U.S. 24.

The flooding shut down a four-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24 for almost three hours west of Manitou Springs, Colorado.

El Paso County officials said at least 21 vehicles were stranded on the highway. And at least one was swept off the road and was captured in a dramatic video.

John Schroyer was the one who caught this experience on camera. “I was driving up 24, and it wasn’t raining that hard, and then all of a sudden, cars just started stopping in front of me,” Schroyer told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “I looked down for a minute, and when I glanced back up, a giant black wave of mud slammed into my car. It turned my car completely around and washed me probably a few hundred feet down the highway to the east, until I finally came to rest on the side of the on ramp,” he said. “The flood waters kept going and going, and I was stuck in my car for probably half an hour, until I climbed out of the window onto my car’s roof and jumped to solid ground.”

The flooding was result of the Waldo Canyon fire last year and the Black Forest fire this year, the National Weather Service said. The fires destroyed soil and vegetation that would have absorbed the rain from the storm.

More than one-half inch of rain was reported in 10 minutes in the upper part of the canyon and more than one inch of rain in total.

“Under any other circumstances, that wouldn’t really be that big of a deal. But since we do have the burn scar in that area, that creates a very, very serious situation,” meteorologist Patrick Cioffi said.

While there was no flooding or damage reported in Black Forest, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said water was up to 30 inches deep in places at the height of flooding, and Shoup Road was briefly closed.

The U.S. 24 reopened in one direction shortly after 6 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) while a severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect until 9 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) for much of the eastern half of the state.

Car Caught in Mudslide in Colorado

John Schroyer was heading up Highway 24 to look for signs of flooding at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon, and this is what happened just past Manitou Springs.

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Hyundai announces their transition to fuel-cell technology




Hyundai Fuel-Cell Technology

Fuel-cell uses hydrogen gas which emits only water vapor to operate cars and other types of machinery. This type of fuel system eliminates risks on the environment by using chemical energy producing cleaner and more efficient electricity. Today, automobile companies seek to use fuel-cell technology as their motor’s source of power.

Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest about $7 billion in developing this system to their cars, ships, and drones over the next ten years with an estimation of producing 700,000 units powered with hydrogen power. The company together with its affiliate, Kia Motors, is recorded as the fifth largest automaker in the world that aims to build a “hydrogen society” hoping that this will be the future and trend in the auto industry.

Meanwhile, this type of hydrogen-powered system is already being used on Toyota’s automobiles and have already gained much profit in a short period. The decision on whether to apply this kind of fuel system had taken a while for Hyundai.

In recent years, the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole received criticisms from other companies because of its slow adaption to electric vehicles that are battery-powered. Because of it, they have been struggling to cope with their rival’s production and revenues although maintaining to be the second largest group automaker in South Korea.

Despite the criticism, the company still believes that if they invest in fuel-cell technology today, they will reap its long-term benefits. They are planning on producing a commercially-made hydrogen-powered truck which will be the world’s first in collaboration with H2 Energy, a Swiss hydrogen company.

Hyundai’s mission in establishing fuel-cell technology in their automobiles is to gain more than from what they can profit—that is to contribute to a cleaner environment for the next generation. In creating the “hydrogen society,” they would want to go beyond what is expected by others. They want to change the game in the industry by leveling-up their role in society by being more environmentally responsible.

Indeed, being influential in the world should take a vital role in saving our environment. These companies are owned by the most advanced nations and are striving hard to innovate on new technology.

Accordingly, adapting to fuel-cell technology will take the company a little while to have their return on investment. But still, their goal to preserve the environment remains the point of why they are shifting to new technology.

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Another US Navy Fighter Jet Crashes in The Philippine Sea




On Sunday, November 12, a US Navy fighter jet had a mechanical issue while it went on routine operations. The F/A-18 Hornet crashed in the Philippine Sea which is also south of the Japanese island of Okinawa – where US Military bases are. According to reports on the incident, two of its pilots were forced to eject when the jet had malfunctioned. They were immediately rescued and evaluated at the USS Ronald Reagan. The Japanese coastguard also checked for any debris on the sea or oil from the crash, according to the AFP news.

Meanwhile, the said crash is already under investigation, and other sailors are also under drug investigation by the US Navy since there have been some crashes this year. The latest incident that occurred before this was just last October when a stealth fighter crashed in one of their training and a Navy helicopter which also hit on the flight deck on the Ronald Reagan after a failed takeoff. This caused injury of 12 sailors.

This again has caused millions of dollars, and a part of it is the United States’ most expensive armory to be ever recorded in history. Resulting from international partners in suspending operations for a thorough inspection.

For most these types of incidents is just part of the training which is only a glimpse of what is really about to happen in the battlefield. Hence, the need to check not only the aircraft but also on our people who are serving to avoid failure in the future. Our troops are our shield, and they have to be regularly evaluated physically and mentally. We never know what these events have caused in their emotional health.

The crash of the F/A-18 was labeled as nothing serious nor life-threatening because there were no casualties involved. But for some, there is something more than just material possession under the US Navy that has failed; and the question lies on how the quality of the aircraft and their people are being assessed. With the series of failed attempts on takeoff, it is now time to do a serious investigation and assessment.

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Shuttle Bus Crash at Chicago O’Hare Airport Causes Delays and Injures 15



Bus Crash at Chicago O'Hare

A bus crash at the Chicago O’Hare Airport Friday morning injured at least 15 people.

The crash happened around 6:35 a.m. when a shuttle bus hit a barrier in the westbound lanes of Interstate 190 leading into the airport, just before Terminal 1, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

“The bus appeared to just come to a sudden stop; unknown as to why. That’s under investigation,” Fire Department District Chief Tim Sampey said.

Fire Chief Timothy Sampey said the driver of the bus was pinned in during the crash.

Two firefighters happened to be behind the bus in separate vehicles, and witnessed the crash. One of the firefighters grabbed a hammer from his car and broke a window on the bus to get to the driver, reported CBS Chicago. The firefighter and an airport employee who arrived at the scene helped get the driver out of the bus while the other firefighter boarded the bus and began triage on the injured passengers.

The I-190 entrance to O’Hare was closed while emergency crews helped all of the passengers get off the bus. By 8:30 a.m., all lanes were reopened.

At least 14 ambulances were called to the scene and victims were reported to be taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center.

Fire officials said four people were transported in critical condition, five in fair-to-serious condition, four in good condition and two people refused treatment.

Officials said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Bus Accident Near O’Hare Airport

Fire Chief Timothy Sampey provides the latest on a shuttle bus crash near O’Hare Airport. The bus crashed into a median around 6:30 a.m. just before Terminal 1.

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