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After three shocking fatal disasters
involving men, women and children
from Haiti, Dominican Republic,
Cuba and Jamaica, the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees ex-
pressed its official concern last week
for the safety of persons fleeing eco-
nomic political hardships.
The refugee agency of the UN
voiced its alarm after 30 people, be-
lieved to be Haiti nationals, died last
week in an incident off coast of
Staniel Cay, in the Bahamas.
More than 100 Haitians were
aboard an overloaded sail freighter on
November 25 when the vessel ran
aground and capsized, reported the
US Coast Guard, which was aided by
the Royal Bahamian Defense Force.
The crew of a Royal Bahamian De-
fense Force patrol boat, the Bahamian
police and the US Coast Guard---in-
cluding a helicopter crew attached to
Operation Bahamas Turks and
Caicos---rescued survivors from the
sea, dropped food, supplies and life
UN agency signals alarm over refugees deaths
A Metro-North passenger train
derailed on a curved section of track
in the Bronx yesterday morning,
killing four people and injuring 63
as it came to rest just inches from
the water, authorities said.
New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo announced the deaths at a
news conference at the site of the
crash near the Spuyten Duyvil sta-
tion. He said authorities believe
everyone at the site has been
accounted for and that the National
Transportation Safety Board is en
Three of the dead were found out-
side the train, and one was found
inside, authorities said.
Passengers were taken off the
derailed train, with dozens of them
bloodied and scratched, holding ice
packs to their heads.
Eleven people are believed to be
in critical condition, authorities said.
The train operator was among the
dozens injured, Cuomo said.
Authority spokeswoman Marjorie
Anders said the big curve where the
derailment occurred is in a slow speed
area. The black box should be able
to tell how fast the train was traveling,
The derailment of the southbound
Hudson Line train was reported at
about 7.20 am, authorities said. The
train left Poughkeepsie at 5.54 am
and was due to arrive at 7.43 am at
Grand Central Terminal.
Four or five cars on the seven-car
train derailed about 100 yards north
of the station, the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority said in a
news release. But none of the cars
entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers,
which are adjacent, the MTA said.
The train appeared to be going "a
lot faster" than usual as it approached
the curve coming into the station,
passenger Frank Tatulli told WABC-
TV.MTA Chairman Thomas F Pren-
dergast was asked at the news con-
ference if speed was something
authorities planned to investigate.
"That d be one of the factors," he
said, adding that the focus right now
was on the passengers who were
Joel Zaritsky told The Associated
Press he was on his way to New York
City for a dental convention.
"I was asleep and I woke up when
the car started rolling several times.
Then I saw the gravel coming at me,
and I heard people screaming. There
was smoke everywhere and debris.
People were thrown to the other side
of the train," he said, holding his
bloody right hand.
The Fire Department of New York
said 130 firefighters had responded
to the derailment.
The crash was reported by the
engineer, and it wasn t clear if any
crew members were among the
injured, the MTA said.
Edwin Valero was in an apartment
building above the accident scene
when the train derailed. He said none
of the cars entered the water, but at
least one ended up a few feet from
Governor: 4 dead, 63 hurt
in NYC train derailment
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of
New York yesterday. The train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx on yesterday morning, coming to
rest just inches from the Hudson River and causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, authorities said. AP
US actor Paul Walker has died in
a car crash Saturday.
Walker was best-known for playing
Brian O Conner in the Fast & Furious
The 40-year-old was in a Porsche
being driven by a friend, who also
died, near Los Angeles.
Fans, friends and fellow stars have
been paying tribute to Walker. His
co-star Jordana Brewster said: "Paul
was pure light. I cannot believe he is
Fellow Fast & Furious actor Vin
Diesel wrote that "heaven has gained
a new angel."
"Brother, I will miss you very
much," Diesel said on Twitter.
In a second message, he said: "My
heart is hurting so sad. Paul Walker
was a good man. RIP my friend...
Sorry to the Walker family."
Walker starred in five of the six
movies in the popular Fast & Furious
franchise and had started filming the
The accident happened while
Walker was attending an event for
his charity Reach Out Worldwide.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff s
department said deputies found a car
engulfed in flames when they
responded to a report of a collision.
Two people found in the car were
pronounced dead at the scene.
Images showed the burned-out
wreckage of a red Porsche by the side
of the road.
"It is with a truly heavy heart that
we must confirm that Paul Walker
passed away today in a tragic car
accident while attending a charity
event for his organisation Reach Out
Worldwide," a statement on the
actor s Facebook page said.
"He was a passenger in a friend s
car, in which both lost their lives.
We... are stunned and saddened
beyond belief by this news.
Other tributes came from Dwayne
"The Rock" Johnson, who has
appeared in two Fast & Furious films.
"All my strength, love & faith to the
Walker family during this heartbreak-
ing time," he wrote.
"We find our strength in his light.
Love you brother."
In the Fast & Furious films, Walker
made his name playing undercover
officer Brian O Conner, who infiltrated
a gang of illegal Californian street
racers before switching allegiances to
As well as those five movies, Walk-
er s other credits included Flags of
Our Fathers, Eight Below, Noel and
the forthcoming Hurricane Katrina
After the success of the first Fast
& Furious film, Walker became the
leading man for the second instalment
when Vin Diesel dropped out.
Diesel later returned, however, and
the six-film franchise has now earned
an estimated $2.4bn (£1.5bn) at global
box offices. The latest instalment,
the sixth, was the most lucrative so
far.The seventh instalment began film-
ing in September but has not been
completed. It had been scheduled for
release in July.
Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker dies in car crash
Sheriff's deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a
light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia,
California, on Saturday. (Inset Paul Walker) AP PHOTO
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