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Flying Highway Hatchet Lodges in Car's Dashboard

It fell off a truck, and nobody was hurt

(Newser) - Car passengers on I-95 in Massachusetts survived one of the weirder road hazards you'll ever see: An ax fell off a landscaping truck directly in front of the car, smashed into the windshield, and lodged itself in the dashboard, reports CBS Boston . “Thankfully, the ax only went halfway... More »

Behind an 8-Hour Traffic Jam: Hackers?

Major Israeli road closed last month amid reported cyberattack

(Newser) - Israel's officials are deeply concerned about the threat of cyberwarfare, and an apparent attack last month in the northern city of Haifa may have validated those fears. On Sept. 8, a trojan horse attack—in which a hacker gains control over a system via software installed by unwitting users—... More »

The TSA: Now Guarding Music Festivals?

Not to mention sports matches, rodeos...

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is turning up in some unexpected places these days. The organization was originally created for airport security, but after the Madrid train bombing in 2005, special teams known as Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response were deployed. The groups are now working in train stations, highway weigh... More »

Cops Nab Suspect in 700 Sniper Highway Attacks

Trucker fired at other vehicles on autobahn

(Newser) - Police in Germany say a man in custody has confessed to a staggering 700 shootings of passing vehicles on the country's highways over the last five years. The suspect, a 57-year-old truck driver, was arrested after a massive police operation involving decoy trucks and license plate detection devices across... More »

Girl, 9, Treks Miles for Help After Crash

Travels over rough terrain in the dark

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl is being hailed as both astute and brave after trekking more than a mile for help after an early-morning car crash in California yesterday. Celia Renteria was riding with her father when their SUV crashed around 1am, landing in a ravine and leaving her father unconscious, reports... More »

Woman Drives Wrong Way on Highway ... for 18 Miles

And she had a passenger the whole time

(Newser) - Confirming your fears about dangerous post-NYE drivers: Shortly after 5am on New Year's Day, a 22-year-old woman drove the wrong way, at high speeds, on Interstate 81 North in Pennsylvania. For a total of 18 miles. And she had a passenger with her the entire time. They two were... More »

9 Killed, Dozens Hurt in Oregon Tour Bus Crash

Driver lost control, plunged down embankment

(Newser) - Nine people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a charter bus veered out of control yesterday morning on an icy stretch of interstate in eastern Oregon and plunged a few hundred feet down an embankment. The bus, bound for Vancouver, Canada, from Las Vegas, crashed through a... More »

Japan Tunnel Collapse Death Toll Hits 9

Government orders emergency inspections

(Newser) - Authorities in Japan have confirmed nine deaths so far in yesterday's terrifying collapse of a major road tunnel . The bodies were found in three vehicles that had been crushed by falling concrete panels in the 2.7-mile Sasago tunnel, the BBC reports. The search for bodies has been suspended... More »

'Highway House' Owner Finally Caves

Chinese farmer Luo Baogen lets officials demolish his home

(Newser) - A symbol of resistance in China has finally bit the dust. An elderly couple had refused to give up their house even though a highway was built around it—and the quirky image became an Internet sensation, the Guardian reports. But duck farmer Luo Baogen, 67, and his wife eventually... More »

Fastest Speed Limit in US Coming to Texas

Feel free to drive 85mph...

(Newser) - Speed demons, rejoice: A new stretch of Texas highway will have the nation's highest speed limit when it opens in November: 85mph. The record limit on the 41-mile stretch of Texas 130 follows a decision by the state legislature last year allowing 85mph limits on new roads, the Los ... More »

Gas Gone, Small Plane Lands on Freeway

Second road landing in days

(Newser) - For the second time in as many days, a small plane has landed on a California road near San Diego. Late last night, a plane carrying four landed on Interstate 15 in Escondido. No one on the road or on board the plane was hurt in the incident, the AP... More »

Georgia to Klan: No Highway for You

State rejects group's adoption attempt

(Newser) - Georgia has foiled a Ku Klux Klan plot: The state has shot down the group's attempt to adopt a highway , reports CNN . A state DOT statement said the signs would be a distraction to motorists, notes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Don't expect things to end here, however. The Klan... More »

2nd-Fastest Speed Limit in World Coming to Texas?

It's safest when everyone's speeding the same: official

(Newser) - A stretch of highway through Texas could soon have the highest officially posted speed limit in the Western hemisphere. State officials are considering an 85mph limit along a portion of new Highway 130 running between San Antonio and Austin. Critics say the speed boost will cost lives, but the state... More »

Man Arrested in Highway Deaths Didn't Pose as Cop

James Willie had gun used in murders in his possession: Mississippi police

(Newser) - Last night, word was police had detained a suspected police impostor following two murders on Mississippi highways; he hadn't been charged. Now they're holding another man on kidnapping, assault, and rape charges, with capital murder charges forthcoming in the case, the AP reports. Authorities say James Willie, 28,... More »

3 Kids Among Dead in SUV Plunge

3 children among fatalities near Bronx Zoo

(Newser) - Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children. Police say the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 39, and three girls, ages 3... More »

Obama's Budget Sets Up Fight With GOP

He wants to beef up domestic spending, raise taxes on rich

(Newser) - The major news outlets are getting details of the budget plan President Obama will unveil on Monday, and it sounds like it's designed to set up election-year comparisons with Republicans. Two big themes: It calls for higher taxes on the rich and big spending on roads and manufacturing projects.... More »

Chain-Reaction Crash Triggers Priciest Pileup Ever

8 Ferraris, 3 Mercedes, a Lamborghini Diablo turned into scrap

(Newser) - A chain-reaction crash of some of the priciest driving machines in Japan triggered the most expensive pileup in car-wreck history. Millions of dollars of luxe metal were crumpled when eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benzes, and a Lamborghini Diablo slammed into one another on the Chugoku Expressway in southwestern Japan yesterday... More »

Brits Plan to Boost Speed Limit to 80 MPH

Limit of 70 is stifling economy, government argues

(Newser) - Britain's government—citing major advances in vehicle safety and the fact that half the country's drivers are ignoring the current limit of 70 miles per hour—is planning to raise the speed limit to 80 on the nation's highways. "Britain's roads should be the arteries... More »

California's Newest Threat: Highway Robbers

Police set up task force to track them down

(Newser) - California cops have created a new task force to deal with an unlikely threat: highway robbers. At least seven drivers reported being set upon by armed robbers while their cars were disabled on the side of the road in the wee hours of Sept. 18-19, the LA Times reports. “... More »

Bull Semen Shuts Tennessee Highway

Steaming canisters alarm motorists

(Newser) - A load of bull semen packed in liquid nitrogen caused a scare and closed a highway near Nashville on Tuesday after it fell out of a Greyhound bus. Motorists called emergency services after seeing the large, steaming canisters and smelling a foul odor, reports WKRN . The highway was reopened after... More »

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