December 2, 2020

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A car drove at high speed into a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing at least two people and seriously injuring 15 others before being stopped by police, officials said. The driver, identified as a 51-year-old German man from the area, was arrested at the scene and the vehicle was impounded, Trier police spokesman Karl-Peter Jochem said, according to news agency dpa.

Footage from the scene showed people outside a shop apparently helping someone on the ground lying among scattered debris.

“It was simply terrible,” Mayor Wolfram Leibe told n-tv television after visiting the site.

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Rescue workers are pictured in the city of Trier, Germany, Dec 1, 2020. German police say at least two people have been killed and several others injured when a car drove into a pedestrian zone. 

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Leibe said the perpetrator “drove through the pedestrian zone, clearly at high speed, and killed several people and injured several, some of them seriously.”

The driver is being questioned by police, he said.

“I don’t want to speculate, but all of us are asking ourselves … what drives a person to do something like this?” Leibe said. “Of course I don’t have an answer to this question.”

Speaking to reporters, with tears in his eyes, Leibe recounted the shock of seeing a child’s shoe on the street near the body of a girl, AFP reported.

“It’s a horror scene,” he said. “Many people are traumatized.”

The area was being kept shut down until at least Wednesday morning for police to collect evidence, but there was no longer any danger, Leibe said.

In a video posted by a local media outlet purportedly showing the arrest, police could be seen pinning a man down on the sidewalk next to a car with Trier license plates. The authenticity of the video could not immediately be verified and it was taken down shortly after police tweeted a request that people do not share photos and videos of the scene.

Germany has tightened measures to fight the coronavirus, with bars and restaurants closed, but shops and schools are open, Reuters reported.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-crime/at-least-two-killed-as-car-ploughs-into-pedestrian-zone-in-german-town-idUKKBN28B51K?il=0

“What happened in Trier is shocking. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims, with the numerous injured and with everyone who is currently on duty to care for the victims,” Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Twitter.

Trier is about 120 miles west of Frankfurt, near the border with Luxembourg. The city of about 110,000 people is known for its Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, which is near the scene of the crash, and as the birthplace of Karl Marx.

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The Transportation sector is widely diversified with railroad operators, trucking companies and airlines as its few key components. It is a well-known fact that the sector is dealt a huge blow by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Depressed freight revenues due to lackluster volumes have been one of the many headwinds afflicting the sector so far. The COVID-19 outbreak crippled the shipment of goods not only across the United States but also globally.

As a consequence, freight revenues at the railroad operator Union Pacific Corporation UNP declined 13% in the first nine months of 2020, mainly due to coronavirus-induced depressed volumes (down 10%). The story paints a dismal picture for another railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC as well. Overall volumes fell 7% in the first nine months of 2020 with volumes declining 15%, 9% and 41% in the three reportable segments, namely merchandise, intermodal and coal, respectively. At CSX Corporation CSX, total volumes contracted 8% in the first nine months of 2020, mainly due to reduced industrial activity.

Freight Scenario on the Mend

However, with the gradual reopening of economies, the freight scenario has been improving in North America for a while now. After months of coronavirus-induced disruptions, freight volumes are gradually expanding. The recovery in freight demand following the ramp-up of economic activities as restrictions get relaxed is a boon for the concerned transportation companies.

Per the latest Cass Freight Shipments Index report, shipment volumes inched up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. Notably, this was the first time that the metric has showed an improvement year over year since Nov 2018 when growth was merely 0.6%. In fact, the year-over-year betterment in shipment volumes during October 2020 was the best reading since 6.2% growth was registered in October 2018.

Even though the last month’s reading displayed year-over-year growth, the gradual recovery in the freight scenario can be gauged from the fact that shipment volumes have been displaying an uptick on a month-over-month basis over the past few months. Evidently, the metric improved 1.6% in May from April levels.Readings in June, July, August, September and October improved 3.5%, 4.8%, 8%, 7.1% and 0.3%, respectively, month over month.

Union Pacific’s commentary at the Stephens Annual Investment Conference earlier in the month bears testimony to the improved scenario with respect to overall volumes. Management stated that overall volumes for the December quarter are up 3% through Nov 11. Overall volumes rose on strength in the premium segment (up 11%).

This resurgence in the freight scenario can be attributed to healthy consumer spending with US retail sales on the rise. Notably, retail sales increased 5.2% year over year in October 2020. Improvement on a year-over-year basis with respect to rail volumes was also witnessed in the month. Per the Association of American Railroads’ report, total U.S. rail traffic in October this year was 2,082,646 carloads and intermodal units, up 2% from the October reading last year.

Moreover, for the third quarter of 2020, U.S. real GDP increased at an annual rate of 33.1%,

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James Bond. Dominic Toretto. Furiosa. Mad Max. “Popeye” Doyle. Batman. Jason Bourne. These characters have all been part of some amazing car chases over the years.

But…which car chase reign supreme? Which one was truly the most pulse-pounding? Which car chase was so exciting that it raised our collective heart rates more than any other scene in movie history?

Well, now science has an answer to that question.

According to a study from money.co.uk study, the most heart-racing car movie of all time is Mad Max: Fury Road. The research group determined this by hooking up 100 volunteers to heartbeat monitors and tracking their pulses while they watched several different films.

The study also found several other noteworthy results, as seen in this chart:

For each study participant, the research team compared the average BPM (beats per minute) from several different car chase scenes to the test group’s average resting heart rate (which was around 64 BPM).

“To make things fair for movies that aren’t action packed all the way through,” the study notes, “in each case we only counted the average BPM for the car pursuit scenes within a movie towards the film’s overall score, not the entire film.”

After this extensive study, the research team found that Mad Max: Fury Road caused an uplift in BPM of 33%, which represented an average increase in heart rates from 64 BPM to 85 BPM.

The list of films that rank just behind Mad Max: Fury Road should be pretty familiar: Ronin, Baby Driver and two of the Fast & Furious franchise films.

Here’s the full list of the 20 most pulse-pounding car chases of all time:

As you can see, five different Fast & Furious movies made the cut, as well as two Mad Max films and two Bourne entries.

Other notable films from this list included The Matrix Reloaded, which owns the unique (and perhaps dubious) distinction of being the most destructive car scene in movie history. The filmmakers alleged that 300 different vehicles were used to shoot the exhilarating highway scene that ranks 16th on this list.

While some action aficionados might be disappointed that classic chase scenes from films like like BullittThe Rock, The Italian Job and Smoky & The Bandit did not make the list, 1974’s Gone in 60 Seconds did break in. That movie happens to feature the longest chase scene on the list, clocking in at 40 minutes.

Other iconic chase scenes that have stood the test of time included Ronin (1997), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and the oldest film on the list, The French Connection (1971).

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A drunk driver who was four times the legal limit drove right through a crime scene connected with a fatal crash, striking a patrol vehicle in the process, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said they were investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Hoffner Avenue near Conway Road Friday around 9:50 p.m. and had used a patrol vehicle with its lights activated to block off one of the travel lanes to traffic.

Records show 31-year-old Colter Anderson, of Merritt Island, failed to stop in time for the road blockage and crashed into the right side of the patrol vehicle.

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According to the arrest report, troopers immediately noticed that Anderson smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words and had trouble maintaining his balance. Though his Ford Fusion was damaged and his airbags were deployed, he wasn’t injured in the crash.

Troopers said they conducted a field sobriety test, which Anderson failed.

Two blood alcohol tests were conducted after Anderson was taken into custody and they revealed results of .383 and .371, according to the affidavit. The legal limit is .08.

He’s facing a charge of DUI with property damage.

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State police said Sunday they were still trying to identify the driver.

The 2014 Volkswagen was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-66, near exit 66, when it changed lanes and struck the patrol car, police said.

A female trooper who was inside the patrol car was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. She was released from the hospital Saturday and is recovering at home, authorities said.

Following the crash, police arrested the passenger, Christopher G. Rush, 37, of Woodbridge. Rush is charged with being drunk in public and obstruction of justice. He refused to identify the driver, police said.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the crash remains under investigation and as of Sunday morning, police had not located the driver.

Authorities are urging drivers to be extra cautious while traveling in highway work zones. A large segment of I-66 — both inside and outside of the Capital Beltway in Northern Virginia — is an active work zone as the state pursues road widening projects.

In December, six highway construction workers were struck and injured when a man in an SUV crashed into a work zone also on I-66 in Arlington. In that overnight incident in the westbound lanes of the highway near Quincy Street, the driver and two passengers also fled on foot but were quickly caught. A Centreville, Va., man was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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