<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSun, 26 Mar 2017 05:23:25 -0400Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:23:25 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fire Destroys Philly Club]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:25:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/XO+Lounge+Fire+South+Street.JPG

Smoke billowed from a South Street nightclub early Wednesday morning.

It was a battle against fire and ice for Philadelphia firefighters who dealt with the smoky blaze XO Lounge and icy conditions along South Street.

SkyForce10 captured firefighters battling the blaze, which appeared to have started near the club's rear porch. The club was closed at the time the fire broke out around 6 a.m. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control, firefighters said.

No one was hurt.

"It was very scary," said Laura Callahan who works across the street.

No word yet on what may have caused the blaze that destroyed the club that features outdoor rooftop seating and music. The blaze left the Loft Bar and Coco's chicken and Waffles, which share the building, badly damaged.

The neighboring World Communications Charter School closed for the day due to smoky conditions.

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<![CDATA[Schools Close After Deadly Crash on Icy Delco Road]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:37:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Chadds+Ford+Crash.JPG

A tow truck driver lost control while driving on snow and ice early Wednesday morning before slamming into a sport utility vehicle, killing the SUV driver, state police said.

The deadly crash closed Baltimore Pike (U.S. Route 1) near Creek Road around 5 a.m. It also caused area schools to close for the day as buses couldn't get around the hours' long road closure.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see a smashed up SUV off the roadway with a damaged flatbed tow truck nearby.

The driver of the SUV, Jeffrey Phillippe of Kennett Square, died in the wreck, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Phillippe's SUV was smashed when the tow truck driver lost control on the slippery roadway while traveling south on Route 1, police said. The tow truck crossed over the center line and smashed head on into Phillippe's SUV in the northbound lanes, investigators said.

The tow truck driver suffered undisclosed injuries, police said.

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District was forced to close because of the impact on bus routes.

"With both Route 1 and the 926 bridge out -- our community is effectively cut in half," Superintendent Dr. John Sanville wrote in a message on the UCFSD website. "Under these circumstances bus runs could take hours. We feel it prudent to close schools today... I apologize for the timing and the inconvenience -- a very difficult situation."

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<![CDATA[School Bus, Dump Truck Collide in Del.]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:33:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/D+Street+Wilmington+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A school bus with children headed to a school for the deaf and a dump truck collided in Wilmington, Delaware Friday morning leaving multiple people in each vehicle hurt.

The bus and truck crashed at D and Heald streets around 7:50 a.m., Wilmington firefighters said.

The Christiana School District bus was bound for the Delaware School for the Deaf and came to rest against a pole, firefighters said.

The school bus driver, an aide and one minor student were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, firefighters said.

Firefighters extricated a passenger from the dump truck -- its windshield and front end smashed -- and transported her to the hospital.

"When I got to the dump truck I noticed they were bleeding, really bad, the lady was pinned underneath the dashboard," Witness Rodney Harmon said.

Harmon and others called 911 and emergency responders quickly arrived.

The dump truck driver suffered minor injuries, firefighters said.

The unharmed students would be released to parents, firefighters said.

No word official yet on what caused the wreck but a witness said it appeared the dump truck missed a stop light.

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<![CDATA[Emailed Threat Leads to Evacuation of Delaware JCC]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:27:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Wilmington+Siegel+JCC+Jewish+Center.JPG

For the third time in recent weeks, a threat caused the evacuation of a Wilmington, Delaware Jewish community center.

The Siegel JCC on Garden of Eden Road was evacuated early Wednesday due to an emailed bomb threat overnight, New Castle County Police said. [[415674473, C]]

Police responded to the center, which offers Jewish programming and serves as a gym facility for the community at large, and people were allowed back in by 9:30 a.m., said a person who answered the phone at the JCC Wednesday morning. Police later gave the all clear but said some officers could remain on the scene.

No injuries were reported.

This was at least the third time this year the Wilmington JCC was evacuated due to a threat as a wave of antisemitism targets Jewish organizations around America. Dozens of JCCs around the country were evacuated after a slew of threats in recent weeks. And, hundreds of headstones were also toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia last month. [[413868343, C]]

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<![CDATA[1500 Still Without Power After PECO Substation Fire]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:06:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/fuego+peco+7+mar.JPG

Around 1500 people are still without power more than a day after flames spread through a PECO substation in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section.

Philadelphia High School for Girls on 1400 W. Olney Ave. and EW Rhodes Middle School on 2900 W. Clearfield Street were both closed Wednesday due to power outages. All after-school activities at both schools were canceled Wednesday as well. [[415639043, C]]

The outages were caused by a fire that started at the Westmoreland substation at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday on 2634 W. Westmoreland Street, officials said.

Firefighters and a hazmat unit responded to the scene. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead around 2:45 p.m. you could see flames and thick black smoke shooting into the air and white foam being used to contain the blaze. [[415656093, C]]

"I didn't know whether to stay outside or stay in my house because you could smell it in my house just as good as you could smell it across the street," said Mary Wilson who lives near the substation and suffers from asthma.

Officials say the fire was electrical. They used chemicals and fire suppression powder to contain it rather than water and were able to bring the flames under control around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Flames spread through the substation but didn't go beyond the facility into the surrounding neighborhood. No injuries were reported and no one nearby was evacuated, firefighters said.

Around 36,000 customers were without power at the peak of the fire. The number was brought to about 1500 by 9 p.m. Wednesday. Temple University also reported portions of its hospital complex, campus and the Temple Towers residence hall were without power at one point.

Traffic lights at surrounding intersections throughout North Philadelphia were out due to the fire. Generators and stop signs were placed in impacted intersections from Broad to 33rd streets and in the Hunting Park section of the city. Police also assisted at the busier intersections.

PECO is working to re-route power for the impacted customers and hoped to have power restored for everyone at some point Thursday.

Officials have not yet revealed what started the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Missing Boy and Step-Grandfather Found Safe ]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:39:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Naair+Thomas+Thumb.jpg

A missing boy and his step-grandfather were both found safe Tuesday afternoon.

Naasir Thomas, 5, and his step-grandfather Stewart Gertman, 60, failed to return to their residence on Frankford Avenue near E Venago Street in Kensington Monday, police said.

Gertman routinely cares for Naasir and they were last seen together at their home around 10 a.m. Monday before being reported missing at 10 p.m. [[415584083, C]]

Investigators attempted to call Gertman’s cellphone but had no luck, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m. police announced both the boy and his step-grandfather were found in good condition.

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<![CDATA[Fire Burns Through Northeast Philly Aquatic Center, 2 Hurt]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:11:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+3+ALARM+FIRE+GRANT+AVENUE+NE+PHILA+-+11445606_22785501.jpg

A fire at a Northeast Philadelphia health center and indoor swim club that forced people wearing only their bathing suits out into the cold air and left two people suffering from smoke inhalation spread to four alarms Monday.

Flames broke out before 11:15 a.m. at the Aquatic Fitness Center and Aquahab Physical Therapy along Grant Avenue near Fordham Road in the city's Torresdale section.

The fire quickly spread to three alarms then four alarms as thick smoke poured into the sky from the building that sits at the rear of a long parking lot. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see firefighters shooting water into the barn-like structure, which was badly damaged, that houses a large pool. [[415482113, C]]

Carol Hoffman was working out in the basement of the facility when fire alarms went off.

"By the time I got to the top of the steps, I could see people running out in bathing suits," Hoffmann told NBC10.

"When we got outside, there was no one, nobody knew what to do, it was awful," Hoffman, who has lost three family members to fire, said.

"People were pulling people out in wheelchairs, a lot ran out in their bathing suits," she said.

Witnesses say there were about a dozen people in the therapy area of the building, including employees, and 30 people in the basement working out at the time of the fire.

"Actually the woman who pulled the fire alarm started to yell for us, letting us know it was a real fire, not a drill," said Becky Hodson, an employee at the facility. "We do do drills. Luckily we practice and since she was the one that notified them so quickly we got the people out of the pool, just grabbed their stuff for them and ran outside with them."

Two people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, firefighters said.

Embers from the fire spread to nearby lawns, causing small fires at neighboring properties.

"The heat was so intense so we all moved back," said Mike Wallace, a witness.

Wallace told NBC10 he saw contractors using a blow torch on the facility's roof shortly before the fire began.

"Those flames can shoot ten, 12 feet so if you're not really careful, they probably were professionals, but you know accidents happen," Wallace said.

Firefighters could be seen battling the flames from neighboring streets, stretching hoses for blocks to neighboring hydrants. In total it took more than 50 apparatus and 150 firefighters to contain the blaze, the Philadelphia Fire Department said.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel sent in heavy rescue and special ops teams to make sure no one was trapped inside.

"They went in and they were able to search that area," Thiel said. "So we believe now that the building is clear but again it's going to be a little while before we can say that 100 percent."

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management asked people to avoid the area near the fitness center as crews worked to contain the situation. Philadelphia Police also warned of the closure of Grant Avenue.

AFC Fitness: Northeast Philadelphia offers classes, an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool and other health club amenities, according to its website. The large facility -- AFC claims it houses the largest pool in Philadelphia -- sits next to John F. Byrne Golf Club.

Matt Littman, the president and CEO of AFC Fitness, released the following statement on the fire:

“We’re extremely fortunate that our staff and members were able to swiftly and safely evacuate during the fire at our Northeast Philadelphia location on Grant Avenue this morning. The damage to the facility was severe and the Grant Avenue location will remain closed until further notice. Our team is working to accommodate displaced members and we’re encouraging them to utilize our other locations in Feasterville, Jenkintown and Bala Cynwyd.

We’re also working to assess the damage and determine our path forward, but can confirm at this time that we’re committed to rebuilding our Northeast Philadelphia location. We truly appreciate the understanding and support of our members and the community during this difficult time.”

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<![CDATA[2 Adults, 1 Child Hurt in House Fire]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/186*120/E+Street+Fire+Philadelphia.JPG

A house fire left two adults and a child hurt in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood Friday.

Flames broke out in the home on E Street, near E Ontario Street, around 11:30 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, medics could be seen treating a person and loading him or her into a waiting ambulance. Another adult and a child also suffered injuries, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

No word yet on the extent of injuries.

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<![CDATA[Raging Inferno Guts Homes, Vacant Hotel in New Jersey]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:16:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jersey+shore+fire.jpg

A raging fire engulfed more than a half-dozen buildings along the Jersey Shore as dawn broke Friday, completely destroying at least four homes and a vacant hotel, officials said. 

Firefighters from Asbury Park, Neptune Township and Ocean Grove descended on Lake and Seaview avenues in Ocean Grove after getting a call about the blaze shortly after 5 a.m. Smoke shot up into the sky and over the ocean several blocks away as fire crews raced to the scene. 

The fire was so intense shortly after 6 a.m. that it had spread to an adjoining condominium complex, Chopper 4 video shows. By 8 a.m., the smoke had turned white as firefighters made progress on the blaze. Chopper 4 showed the charred remants of the engulfed buildings; hotspots were still visible. 

Officials said five buildings were totally decimated by the blaze, including the Warrington, the shuttered hotel where the blaze may have started, three single-family homes and one multi-family home. The LaPierre and Marlboro condo complexes were damaged. Authorities say squatters have been a concern at the Warrington, which is slated for demolition. They planned to search the premises for evidence of squatters once it was safe to do so.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries; one was treated at the scene for a hand injury and the other was taken to a hospital with chest pains, authorities said. It wasn't clear how many people were displaced by the fire. 

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<![CDATA[Threats Cause Evacuations of Pa., NJ & Del. JCCs]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Katz+JCC+Wilmington+JCC+Splits+threats.jpg

Three Philadelphia area Jewish Community Centers were evacuated Monday morning due to threats that targeted more than one dozen JCCs around the country.

Cherry Hill Police investigated after the Katz JCC on Springdale Road was evacuated around 10:40 a.m. The JCC said the building was safely cleared and police said they reopened to building -- after a full sweep -- around 12:30 p.m. [[414872683, C]]

The Cherry Hill incident played out after the Siegel JCC on Garden of Eden Road in Wilmington, Delaware was evacuated around 9:50 a.m., New Castle County Police said. After nearly two hours, the all was given and people returned to the Wilmington JCC.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was at the JCC when the threat came in.

"Today, I met with leadership of the Jewish Federation of Delaware and Jewish Community Services at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington to talk about threats and violence toward the Jewish community here and around the nation," Carper said. "The community center was among many around the country that has received multiple bomb threats in the past several months that have put the entire community on edge, and today, while we were talking about this very subject there, another bomb threat was called in. It is heartbreaking for such a flash of fear to overtake a place of strong community and joy that brings together people of all ages under one roof -- from the babies in the day care center to the senior citizens taking part in exercise classes. These acts must end."

The threats didn't end as one also hit Jewish people on the Main Line. The Robert J. Wilf Preschool kindergarten at Kaiserman JCC on Haverford Avenue in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania received a phoned threat Monday morning, administration said.

Police officers and least one K-9 could also be seen responding to the Kaiserman JCC shortly before noon while kindergartners were held in a nearby Friends school. Police eventually gave the all clear and the JCC returned to normal operations, administration said.

No one was hurt in any Philly-area incident.

The Harrisburg and York JCCs in Pennsylvania were also evacuated Monday morning. The JCC Association, which represents JCCs, day schools and other Jewish organizations said they were aware of bomb threats at various locations. [[414875873, C]]

The JCCs offer Jewish programming and often serve as gym facilities for the community at large.

These incidents are just the latest in a slew of antisemitic incidents around the country. Dozens of JCCs around the country were evacuated after a slew of threats in recent weeks. And, hundreds of headstones were also toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the acts against the Jewish community.

"Any antisemitic act or act of intimidation aimed at Jewish institutions and people in Pennsylvania is truly reprehensible and we must find those responsible and hold them accountable," Wolf said. "This is not who we are as Americans or Pennsylvanians. We will not take these threats and acts lightly and I have asked the Pennsylvania State Police and Office of Homeland Security to offer their full resources towards protecting these institutions and finding those responsible."

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<![CDATA[SEPTA Resumes Broad Street Service After Deadly Incident]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:50:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tasker+Morris+Subway+Station+Police+Tape.jpg

SEPTA shuttled passengers along its Broad Street Line in South Philadelphia during the busy Wednesday morning commute as police investigated a suspected suicide.

A large emergency responder presence could be seen at the Tasker-Morris Station around 7:10 a.m.

A person being struck at the Tasker-Morris Station caused SEPTA to suspend service in both directions from Walnut-Locust to AT&T Stations, SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. [[414466533, C]]

SEPTA shuttled passengers between the stations as police investigated and told passengers to expect delays and overcrowding. The agency also warned bus passengers that there could be gaps in service on routes due to buses being rerouted to shuttle BSL passengers.

By 10:15, police continued to investigate as SEPTA resumed service to all stations except Tasker-Morris. The Tasker-Morris Station reopened around 10:45 a.m.

The death appeared to be a suicide, Philadelphia Police said.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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<![CDATA[FAA Lifts American Air Ground Stop for Philly Airport]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/american+Airlines+Delay+Feb+PHL.JPG

A ground stop halted American Airlines flights bound for the airline’s Philadelphia International Airport hub for nearly two hours Wednesday morning.

American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said the airport’s division of aviation had a planned maintenance power outage from 1 to 4 a.m. [[414464113, C]]

When the power came back on, American’s internet access remained down, Lupica said. The outage, which impacted the earliest departures Wednesday morning, prevented the airline and passengers from printing boarding passes. [[414442493, C]]

The airline had to manually check bags during the outage. Lines at baggage counters quickly backed up. 

Around 6 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for all American flights destined for the airport.

The FAA lifted the ground stop shortly before 8 a.m. and announced that American's computers were running once again.[[414458563, C]]

During the outage, Lupica suggested passengers print their boarding passes prior to arriving at the airport or check in virtually, since that system continued to work on mobile devices.

Travelers were urged to check their flight status prior to arriving at the airport and to give themselves extra time to deal with potential delays. [[414467803, C]]

The airport stressed that the issue only impacted American flights and not other airlines.

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<![CDATA[Twin Girls, Mom, Boyfriend Hurt After Car Hits Disabled Van]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kids+involved+Accident+4P+VO++-+00010002_22640316.jpg

A family of four, including 2-year-old twin girls, were injured after a car struck their disabled minivan in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

A 28-year-old woman told NBC10 she was driving with her 28-year-old fiancé as well as her two-year-old twin daughters when their minivan caught a flat tire. They then pulled to the side on Woodhaven Road (Route 63) westbound near Thornton Road around 1 p.m.

As her fiancé went outside to change the flat, a Honda sedan slammed into the minivan, police said. The woman, her fiancé, and her daughters were all injured in the crash and taken to the hospital.

One of the twin girls as well as the woman's fiancé are in critical condition. The other twin girl is also being treated for serious injuries while the woman suffered minor injuries.

The crash shut down Woodhaven Road. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the van and sedan smashed up against the center barricade and a third car stopped in the roadway as emergency vehicles blocked the road. Woodhaven Road was later reopened.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

<![CDATA[SEPTA El Trains Collide Just Outside Philly]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:30:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/Upper+Darby+69th+Street+SEPTA+Crash+MFL+4.JPG

An out-of-service SEPTA Market Frankford Line subway train crashed into two other trains at the 69th Street Terminal just outside Philadelphia Tuesday morning, injuring four people and knocking seven cars off the track during the busy rush-hour commute. 

Tuesday night officials announced trains would be in service at the terminal Wednesday morning.

"It's still undecided whether or not they will use the loop first thing in the morning," said Scott Sauer, SEPTA's Assistant General Manager of System Safety.

The collision left the operator of the No. 57 train critically injured, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said. Another operator and two passengers were also injured in the crash but the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

It was not clear why the passengers were on the train since it wasn't in service, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. Busch didn't have details on their injuries but said they have been described as non-life threatening. The second train operator was treated and released, he said.

Upper Darby police asked commuters in a tweet to avoid the busy terminal after the three-train wreck on looping turnaround tracks, where trains turn around at the end of the line.

Investigators said the No. 57 train slammed into the back of the No. 67 train -- both trains were waiting to make the return trip to Philadelphia -- and the wreck then sideswiped the No. 51 train traveling in the opposite direction on another track. The trains were out of service at the time of the crash, SEPTA said. 

SEPTA said seven cars were derailed. SkyForce10 footage showed one car tipped over at a 45-degree angle -- its wheels dislodged from the body of the train -- and six other cars partially off the track as crews responded.

A man who lives near the scene told NBC10 Philadelphia's Pamela Osborne he heard a loud noise followed by the sound of fire engine sirens. 

"I heard a big bang...I knew something big happened but I didn't know what until I got here and saw this mess," William Stamm said.

The wreck left the 69th Street stop out of service for hours as state officials and National Transportation Safety Board investigators investigate the crash, SEPTA said.

SEPTA used shuttle buses to get passengers from 69th Street to 63rd Street. Passengers could be seen boarding the buses around 9 a.m. The line that runs from Upper Darby to the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia experienced delays throughout the day.

The crash impacted West Chester Pike, Market Street and Victory Avenue at one point, police said.

SEPTA got trains moving again early Tuesday afternoon. The trains operated out and back into the terminal as the loop remained closed so investigators could sort through the scene. SEPTA riders experienced delays and crowded conditions during the evening rush.

The Market-Frankford Line is equipped with advanced signaling technology called Automatic Train Control, or ATC, which should prevent two moving trains from the same section of tracks, former SEPTA spokesman, and current NBC10 employee, Manny Smith said. A SEPTA headquarters dispatcher would also be controlling the line and giving permission to engineers to move into and out of the loop.

The systems in place ensure optimal turnaround times at the terminal since trains at peak hours arrive at least every four minutes, Smith said.

The max speed on the curve is 10 mph, SEPTA said.

The MFL Line has been operating with limited cars due to under-body crack concerns.

This crash comes nearly two years after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[School Bus, Student's Car Collide Near NJ High School]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:03:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Hammonton+High+School+Wide.JPG

A school bus and car collided in South Jersey Tuesday morning.

There were students on board the bus when it crashed with a car driven by a student along Old Forks Road near the White Horse Pike (U.S. Route 30) in Hammonton -- near Hammonton High School -- around 7:15 a.m., Hammonton police said.

No children on the bus were hut, police said. It wasn't clear if the driver was hurt.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead around 8 a.m., there were no obvious signs of the collision on school property.

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<![CDATA[Deliveryman Makes Up Story About Missing 4-Year-Old: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:29:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stolen+Vehicle+Carjacking_22631771.jpg

UPDATE: Police have identified and charged the man. NEW DETAILS HERE


After undergoing an extensive search involving helicopters, officers on the ground and K-9 units, police learned that a man's report that armed robbers stole his vehicle while a missing boy was inside was completely false and he lied to investigators.

The 22-year-old man told investigators he was a pizza delivery man who was watching his friend's 4-year-old son. The man claimed he was carjacked by two armed men when he made a delivery to a home on the 4600 block of Sydenham Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday. He also claimed the boy was still inside the car during the carjacking.

Police found the man's vehicle about a half a mile away on the 1600 block of Saint Pauls Street but no one was inside.

After a large search throughout the neighborhood, police learned that the man lied to investigators, officials said. A 4-year-old boy was not inside the car or missing in the neighborhood.

Police have not yet revealed whether the man will face any charges. They are currently speaking to his friends to find out why he made the false report.

<![CDATA[Philly Fire Leaves 3 Children, 2 Adults Hurt]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Etting+street+Fire.JPG

An early Thursday morning fire left three children – one as young as 5 months old – and two adults hurt.

The flames broke out around 5 a.m. on S Etting Street by Tasker Street in Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood, Philadelphia firefighters said.

Smoke quickly spread through the home and to a neighboring home where the three children were inside, Fire Captain William Dixon said. [[413931373, C]]

Five people in total suffered injuries. Doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia treated a 10-year-old, 2-year-old and 5-month-old for smoke inhalation while doctors at Penn Presbyterian Hospital treated two adults including one rescued from the roof who suffered burns to his arms, said Dixon.

No word on what caused the blaze, which took around an hour to bring under control. [[238427591, C]]

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<![CDATA[After Striking Deer, Airplane Found Leaking Fuel]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-15+at+1.14.46+PM.png

A regional jet struck a deer when it was taking off in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday, and subsequently was found leaking fuel, American Airlines said.

There were 48 people aboard the CRJ-700, operated by PSA Airlines as American Airlines flight 5320, when it hit the deer at Charlotte Douglas International Airport about 12:15 p.m. ET. It immediately returned to the airport instead of continuing to Gulfport, Mississippi, according to an American Airlines statement.

The crew found fuel leaking from the plane, so passengers were de-planed onto the runway and fire trucks hosed down the aircraft, the airline said.

A new aircraft was being brought to take the 44 passengers to their destination.

Deer strikes are not infrequent for planes in the U.S. There were over 1,100 deer-aircraft collisions reported to the Federal Aviation Administration between 1990 and 2015.

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<![CDATA[Police ID South Philly Teen Killed in Shooting]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bancroft+Street+Teen+Shot+Homicide.JPG

A gunman shot and killed a teenager along a South Philadelphia street midday Wednesday.

Gunfire rang out on S Bancroft Street near Tasker Street around 11:45 a.m. leaving 17-year-old Tyrese Johnson shot twice in his back, Philadelphia police said.

Officers rushed the boy to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where doctors pronounced Johnson -- who lived a few blocks away on Cleveland Street -- dead a short time later, police said.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see investigators searching for clues.

When identifying Johnson Thursday, investigators still didn’t reveal a motive for the killing or name any possible suspects.

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<![CDATA[White Powder Scare Causes Evacuation of Philly IRS Building]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/IRS+Building+White+Powder.JPG

Emergency responders cleared the IRS building in Philadelphia’s University City Wednesday morning after a powder was found.

Philadelphia firefighters could be seen responding to the facility at Market Street and Schuylkill Avenue around 8:30 a.m. after Philadelphia Police said someone discovered a powder in some cubicles on the third floor.

Homeland Security responded and the building -- which is across the street from busy 30th Street Station -- was cleared as precaution, said police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see people gathering outside for a few minutes before returning to the building after being given the all clear.

No one was hurt and the powder turned out to not be dangerous, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector of Homeland Security Joe Sullivan said. [[413834503, C]]

No word on the type of powder that caused the scare, which lasted less than 30 minutes.

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<![CDATA[Chunks of Ice Fall Onto Philly's Market Street]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:17:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Market+Street+Falling+Ice+Police.JPG

Philadelphia Police blocked off a busy Center City street Friday afternoon as chunks of ice fell from buildings.

Police vehicles could be seen blocking off Market Street to drivers and pedestrians between 12th and 13th streets around 2 p.m.

No word yet if the ice, formed during a couple frigid days, injured anyone.

Two large hotels -- Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and Loews Philadelphia -- sit on the block.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see ice falling from the high-rises onto the street below.

The street was shut down for about four hours, being reopened around 7 p.m. No one was injured.

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<![CDATA[Conveyor Belt Catches Fire at Montco Supermarket]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:34:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Hatfield+ShopRite+Fire.JPG

A conveyor belt overheated and caused the evacuation of a Montgomery County grocery store Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the ShopRite store along Forty Foot Road in Hatfield Township around 9:30 a.m.

The incident was caused when the motor of a checkout conveyor belt overheated and caused smoke in the store, said ShopRite spokeswoman Maureen Gillespie.

Two employees were checked out a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released, said Gillespie.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see crews at the scene and workers standing outside the store.

After about 75 minutes the store reopened, said Gillespie.

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<![CDATA[Gun at Delco School Leads to Arrest of 2 Students]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:27:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Michael+Chitwood+Upper+Darby+Gun.JPG

Police in Delaware County praised school administration, fellow students and officers on the scene after a loaded gun was confiscated at Upper Darby High School Wednesday morning.

No students at the Lansdowne Avenue school were hurt and Upper Darby police officers arrested two UDHS students, said police.

“UDHS administration received information about the weapon possession and acted quickly and decisively along with police on scene to administer a safe arrest,” said UD police in a Facebook post.

The students -- both 17-year-olds -- made no direct threats to do harm, said police.

"This morning the department has charged two individuals for weapons violation, drug violations," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Working on a tip, a school security guard grabbed a student carrying a box as he arrived at school by bus Wednesday, said the district. Officers wound up finding a loaded 9-mm handgun and marijuana inside the 17-year-olds box, said Chitwood.

The first student tried to hand the gun off to another student, said the school.

The second student was non-compliant and became aggressive with school police and security, said the school.

Police charged the boys as juveniles, said police.

“We would like to thank the UDHS for their efforts and for constantly working with police to insure the safety of all students,” said police. “There are also a number of students that came forward with information and we thank them for their courage.”

Police hoped that this story will help others come forward when faced with a potentially dangerous situation.

About 3,650 children attend UDHS, said officials.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident and not reflective of the wonderful students we have at UDHS,” said police.

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<![CDATA[Fire Tears Through Old City Apartment Building]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:41:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Old+City+Market+Street+Fire.JPG

Fire tore through Old City Philadelphia apartments early Tuesday and residents raised questions about if they were given proper warning.

The blaze broke out around 4:45 a.m. along Letitia Street near Front and Market streets. NBC10 cameras could see flames shooting from the roof.

Residents from the top two floors of 14 S Letitia Street were evacuated and one person suffered minor injuries as he attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, said crews on the scene.

The fire spread to an adjacent building but firefighters got the blaze under control after about an hour, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. Firefighters expected to be on the scene dousing hot spots for at least a couple of hours

Expect traffic trouble in the area as Market and 2nd streets were closed and SEPTA detoured its route 5, 9, 17, 21, 33 and 48 buses.

Residents told NBC10’s Pamela Osborne that they didn’t hear the fire alarms going off and helped each other get out of the home. [[412256643, C]]

"The neighbors banging on the door got me up, I knocked on my neighbors door, got him up," said resident David Moran, who lives on the fourth floor.

A woman who lives on the top floor said the fire appeared to start on the roof and began melting skylights. No official word yet on a cause of the blaze.

Thiel said that when firefighters entered the building they could hear fire alarms going off.

Moran said the roof of the building also caught fire about a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[Boiler Explosion Closes Delco Catholic School for Days]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:48:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Windows+Out+St+John+Neumann+Church.JPG

A boiler explosion caused the closure of a Delaware County Catholic school and church Monday morning.

A malfunction caused the boiler to explode inside Ss. Colman-John Neumann School on Highland Avenue in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania just before 6 a.m., said Haverford Township police and the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

No students or school administration were in the building at the time, said the archdiocese. The school planned to celebrate Catholic Schools Week this week.

The blast caused minor building damage but luckily didn’t hurt anyone, said police. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see some windows of the building on the lawn outside the school building. It wasn't clear what caused the windows to become dislodged.

PECO crews responded to the scene and secured gas and electric service, said PECO.

The archdiocese said the gas leak lead crews to a larger issue that will keep the school closed until Friday at the earliest.

The incident caused the connecting Saint John Neumann Catholic School to be closed as well Monday, said authorities. 

"We are extremely grateful to all those who are working to assess and re-mediate this situation as soon as possible," said the archdiocese.

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<![CDATA[Philly Mural Crushes Cars]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Hahnemann+Mural+Cars+Crushed+Collapse1.JPG

Part of a 12,500-square-foot mural collapsed onto two cars in a Philadelphia parking lot as rain and wind hit the region Monday morning.

The chunk of the "Independence Starts Here" mural -- part of Philadelphia Mural Arts program -- collapsed onto cars parked at the Hahnemann University Hospital Feinstein Lot at Broad and Race streets.

Some sections of the seven-story-tall mural that faces Race Street could be seen flapping in the wind around 10:30 a.m. A short time later, crews could be seen ripping the dangling pieces off the wall.

No one was hurt.

Hahnemann blamed "strong winds affecting the region" for helping bring down the mural, which is affixed to the building.

"The parking lot and sidewalk adjacent to the hospital have been closed to protect pedestrians while we assess and clean the damage," said the hospital.

Artist Donald Gensler installed the mural – featuring various people with disabilities -- on the side of the Hahnemann University Hospital building from 2006 to 2008, according to the artist’s website.

In a prepared statement, the Mural Arts program expressed its gratitude that no one was hurt and also explained how this failure of a "parachute cloth" mural is a first:

"Mural Arts Philadelphia learned today about the damage to our 'Independence Starts Here' mural at Broad and Race and immediately sent our crew to assess the damage and aid in any needed immediate work. We are extremely grateful that nobody was hurt. Mural Arts is working with Hahnemann University Hospital to assess the damage and figure out next steps.

"Mural Arts Philadelphia has created over 4,000 murals in the last 30-plus years, over half of which were created using woven panels known as 'parachute cloth.' Of the over 2,000 murals created by Mural Arts using this method, this is the first time that pieces have ever fallen off the wall to which it was adhered. The first mural using parachute cloth was created in Philadelphia in 1989.

"Mural Arts Philadelphia dedicated Independence Starts Here by artist Donald Gensler in October 2008 after three years of creating the project. Also known as the Disabilities Awareness Mural, it is on Hahnemann Hospital, Broad and Race Streets. The project was created in collaboration with the Mayor's Office on People with Disabilities, ArtReach, Kardon Institute and others, the mural is 12,500 square feet and celebrates the disabilities community. The mural was painted in part with the help of people with disabilities, features disabled Philadelphians in a monumental representation of this strong and diverse community.

"Once the mural and wall are stabilized, Mural Arts will work with Hahnemann to figure out next steps for repairing the mural or assessing other options."

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Quadruple Shooting Suspect Impacts School]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:26:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Ave+Barricade+Ernesto+Almodovar.jpg

Philadelphia Police placed a Shelter in Place order on an elementary school due to a barricade situation nearby Friday morning.

Students and staff at John H. Webster Elementary School along Frankford Avenue in Kensington were told to stay put around 10 a.m. until around noon, said police.

The order came as SWAT responded to a home about two blocks away where a possibly armed man -- wanted for a quadruple shooting -- was believed to be inside, said Philadelphia Police.

Investigators named the suspect as Ernesto Almodovar, 23, who is wanted in the shooting of four people outside  a North Philadelphia corner store -- including a 12-year-old girl who was hit with bullet fragments -- on Aug. 30, said police.

Officers eventually entered the home around 11:30 a.m. and came out with no one as it turned out none of the four people inside were the suspect.

No word on where the suspect could be.

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<![CDATA[All Clear After Suspicious Packages Scare at Temple Univ.]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:30:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Temple+University+Bomb+Scare.JPG

Temple University asked students and staff to avoid the area near the college’s engineering building Tuesday morning as the Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad investigated a pair of suspicious items.

The Philadelphia university sent out a "TU Alert" around 9:15 a.m. urging people to avoid the area around the College of Engineering at N 12th and W Norris streets in North Philadelphia due to a suspicious device.

No injuries were reported as about 300 students and staff evacuated the building, said Philadelphia Police.

Police actually found two devices: one a 4x4 wrapped package with orange and red wires exposed found on a loading dock and the other found inside a trash truck, said investigators.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad gave the all clear around 10:30 a.m.

All other classes on campus continued as normal Tuesday, said Temple.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Brings Out Bomb Squad in AC]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Atlantic+City+Building+Bomb+Scare.JPG

A suspicious package caused the evacuation of an Atlantic County Administration Building Friday morning.

Atlantic City Police evacuated 1333 Atlantic Avenue while the bomb squad swept the building around 10:30 a.m. The building houses city offices including a library, the Atlantic County Clerk and community development center.

In addition to the evacuation, police stopped all pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area, said police Sgt Kevin Fair. The city hall sits next door.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see bomb squad vehicles blocking the middle of the street.

Police swept the building and gave the all clear around 11:30 a.m. after finding no threat, said police. [[410648605, C]]

he investigation continued into the afternoon.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Skids on Black Ice, Slams Into Tree; 4 Hurt]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:30:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/School+Bus+Crash+Newark+Tree.JPG

A school bus fish-tailed on black ice and crashed into a tree in Delaware Wednesday morning leaving the bus driver and three students with minor injuries.

The Christian School District bus crashed after slipping on ice while the driver turned from Country Club Drive onto Windsor Drive in Newark around 6:45 a.m., said Newark Police.

Eight children from Shue-Medill Middle School -- between the ages of 11 to 14 -- and the 54-year-old female driver were on board, said police.

The driver and three students were taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment for aches and pains, said police.

the remaining children boarded another bus and headed to school, said police.

Police continued to investigate the wreck Wednesday morning.

Another school bus crashed along Rockland Road in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning leaving 13 children with minor injuries.

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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Girl Trying to Catch School Bus in South Jersey]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Route+9+Girl+Bus+Struck+Upper+Township.JPG

A car struck a South Jersey girl about to board her school bus Tuesday morning.

The Toyota Corolla struck the unidentified girl – believed to be around middle school age – along Route 9 at W Ocean Avenue in Upper Township, Cape May County, New Jersey State Police told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.

The girl was rushed to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City with undisclosed injuries, said police.

The car driver and school bus driver both stopped at the scene.

It wasn’t clear where the Sheppard Bus Service bus was headed.

Expect traffic trouble in the area.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest NJ Man Accused of Killing Wife]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:58:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeremiah-Monell.jpg

A man who was on the run after he allegedly murdered his wife in front of their children was arrested, according to police.

A witness spotted Jeremiah Monell, 32, in Folsom, New Jersey Monday around 2:45 p.m. and contacted the New Jersey State Police Buena Vista Barracks, according to investigators. Responding troopers then found Monell hiding in a wooded area off US Highway 322, police said. He was then arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Monell is accused of stabbing his estranged wife, Tara O'Shea-Watson, 35, inside her home on Raymond Drive in Commercial Township on the morning of December 19, 2016.

O'Shea-Watson was found unresponsive and unconscious at the home and was later pronounced dead. Police said the estranged couple's 12-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were inside the home at the time of the stabbing. Child protective services cared for the children. 

"He just had pure hatred in his heart to do something like this," said O'Shea-Watson's cousin Bryan Dunn. "Especially with the kids in the house."

Investigators said Monell fled the scene in the same 1994 blue Chevrolet S10 pickup truck that they later found on December 20. Troopers later announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Monell, who was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation following his arrest, faces murder and weapons charges.

O'Shea-Watson's best friend Jen Messek told NBC10 if not for custody issues regarding the couple's pending divorce, Tara would have left New Jersey for good and moved to Tennessee.

"I didn't see the restraining order but she did have one," Messek said. "This is a tragedy. Not just for the family and the children but for the community."

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Delco Creek Bed]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:49:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Radnor+Township+Car+Into+Creek.JPG

Crews worked to rescue a person from a car that crashed into a dry creek bed on the Main Line Wednesday morning.

The car went off the road near Sawmill Road and Earles Lane in Radnor Township around 7:30 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see emergency responders working on the passenger side of the sedan, which came to rest in the creek bed. After a few minutes, crews pulled a person from the car and onto a stretcher.

One person was able to get out of the wrecked vehicle on his or her own, said county dispatchers.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

Both the Darby Creek and Saw Mill Run meander through the area.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Hauling Juice Catches Fire on Pa. Turnpike]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:55:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Turnpike+Tractor+Trailer+Fire.JPG

A tractor-trailer fire caused big problems on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours Monday morning.

Some motorists turned around due to the delay as cars barely snaked by the crash in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 315 in Chester County around 8 a.m.

The crash caused intermittent closures of the turnpike between the Downingtown and Route 29 interchanges until around 10:45 a.m. when a detour was lifted.

Drivers were being detoured around the scene onto Route 100 south then U.S. Route 30 east and U.S. Route 202 north to pick up the turnpike past the crash scene, said the turnpike commission.

The fire left the tractor-trailer destroyed, crews having sprayed foam all over it to extinguish the flames. It was hauling cardboard and juice products, said the turnpike commission.

No one was hurt, said county dispatchers.

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<![CDATA[Power Problem Slows SEPTA Regional Rail Trains for Hours]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Jenkintown+SEPTA+Train.JPG

A power problem delayed SEPTA Regional Rail trains for up to two hours in Montgomery County Monday morning.

The inbound service to Center City from the Jenkintown-Wyncote Station along Greenwood Avenue grew after a train experienced overhead power problems around 7:30 a.m. The busy Jenkintown station serves Airport, Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and West Trenton lines.

"All passengers at Jenkintown, Elkins Park, Melrose Park and Fern Rock Stations should board on the outbound platforms," said SEPTA.

The delays were originally around an hour but then ballooned to 2 hours by 9 a.m. as SEPTA tried to resolve the broken down train problem.

SEPTA began to shuttle bus passengers around the problem.

The problem remained at noon with delays up to an hour, said SEPTA. the agency finally got the power problem fixed around 1:45 p.m. and expected trains to begin moving with residual delays.

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Unresponsive Twins at NJ Elementary School]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Winslow+Township+School+1+Students+Sick.JPG

Police and medics in South Jersey rushed to a Camden County elementary school after twin first graders became unresponsive.

Emergency responders rushed to Winslow Township School No. 1 on E Charter Avenue -- in the shadow of the Atlantic City Expressway -- in Hammonton around 11:30 a.m. after teachers and the school nurse couldn't get unresponsive boys to respond, said the school district.

The brothers "were on the floor not responding to her," said school superintendent H. Major Poteat.

Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the twins to pass out. No other students were sickened.

Medics treated the siblings in an ambulance at the scene and both students returned to school in time for lunch after being checked out, said Poteat.

Police later said that all students and staff were place in an all-purpose room at the school while county health crews and firefighters went through the building to test for any hazardous conditions. Poteat said those tests included looking at the boiler, the heater and the air in the school.

Keashen said initial testing showed no "external environmental issues" in the school.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see ambulances, police cars and fire trucks lined up outside the school.

Once the school was deemed safe, the school day resumed normally, said police.

A letter about the "alleged illness" was sent home to parents and posted online, said Poteat.

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<![CDATA[SUV, Ambulance Collide on SEPTA Tracks]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/52nd+Chester+Trolley+Tracks+Crash.JPG

An ambulance rushing to a call and a sport utility vehicle collided in Southwest Philadelphia Friday morning leaving a woman hurt.

The wreck left the woman’s SUV – with heavy front-end damage – stopped on SEPTA trolley tracks at 52nd Street and Chester Avenue around 9 a.m.

Medics rushed the woman to Penn Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

The crash also caused problems along SEPTA’s Route 13 Trolley Line – one trolley car stopped just before the crash scene.

The Philadelphia Fire Department ambulance was responding to a 911 call at the time, said fire dispatchers.

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<![CDATA[Deadly NJ Transit Bus, Car Crash Along AC Expressway]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:00:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Deadly+Atlantic+City+Expressway+Crash.JPG

A collision along the Atlantic City Expressway left one person dead and caused traffic troubles along the busy roadway Monday morning.

A driver slammed his or her Honda into the back of a New Jersey Transit Route 507 bus in the westbound lanes near milepost 3.6 in Pleasantville around 4:50 a.m., said New Jersey State Police.

One person in the car died, said police.

No customers were on the bus at the time as the driver was taking the vehicle back to the Egg Harbor Garage, said state police. The bus driver didn't suffer any injuries, said police.

Police didn’t say if wet roads impacted the crash.

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<![CDATA[Teen Charged in Murder of 14-Year-Old Boy in Mayfair ]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:54:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Samir-Price.jpg

More than a week after a teenage boy was gunned down in Philadelphia's Mayfair section during an apparent robbery attempt, Philadelphia Police announced charges against a fellow teenager.

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Samir Price, 19 turned himself into Philadelphia homicide detectives Tuesday to face murder charges in the killing of 14-year-old Ian Wilsey, said Philadelphia Police. Price is charged with murder, robbery and other related offenses.

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Wilsey was on the 6200 block of Brous Avenue at 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 when at least one gunman opened fire. The teen was struck three times in the chest and torso. Donna Dressler, a Mayfair resident, found him lying on the ground moments after the shooting.

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"I was down the basement, I heard 'pop, pop, pop,'" Dressler said. "I quick, ran out the door and I wasn't expecting to see a young kid laying down like that."

Wilsey, who would have turned 15 in a few weeks, died a short time later. The teen was not from the immediate area where he was killed but he had an address connected to a home in the neighborhood.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said it appeared that Wilsey was the victim of a robbery. Investigators spoke to the 16-year-old Wilsey was with in an attempt to find out if the boy was targeted.

Wilsey attended Northeast High School. Friends and family gathered last week for a vigil in his memory.

"He was very tight with me, and somebody took him," wailed mom Kelly Wilsey.

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<![CDATA[Driver Disregards Railroad Crossing, Crashes Into Train: NJT]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/Camden+RiverLine+Car+Crash.JPG

New Jersey Transit suspended service on its RiverLine after a driver disregarded a railroad crossing and crashed into a train Wednesday morning in Camden, said the transit agency.

The crash around 6:20 a.m. left light rail line service suspended between 36th Street and the Walter Rand Transportation Center, said NJ Transit. The wreck left the car with damage to the drive-side door. [[405192896, C]]

No one on board the train was hurt, said NJ Transit. But, three of the four people in the car were taken to the hospital and the female driver was treated for chest and elbow injuries.

After about an hour, NJ Transit announced that trains would operate with 15-minute delays in each direction.

The driver was issued a summons for disregarding a railroad crossing, said NJ Transit.

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<![CDATA[NJ State Trooper, Doctor Die in Crash: Police ]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Trooper+Frankie+Williams.JPG

A promising young New Jersey State Trooper and a Salem County doctor were both killed in a head-on car crash in Millville, Cumberland County Monday night.

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Trooper Frankie Williams, 31, was responding to the erratic driver call around 7 p.m. and traveling northbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 22.2 when a man driving southbound in a Toyota Corolla -- that matched the erratic vehicle description -- crossed the 20-yard grass median and entered the northbound lanes, said state police.

The Corolla struck Williams' vehicle head-on.

The Corolla driver -- identified as Dr. Lloyd Rudley, 61, of Elmer, New Jersey -- was pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Williams was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Route 55 northbound was closed at the scene of the crash.

The wreck remained under investigation Tuesday. Rudley's car matched descriptions of the erratic vehicle that Williams was responding to at the time of the wreck, witnesses told state police investigators.

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Rudley was a doctor affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital who worked primarily in Elmer, New Jersey and specialized in psychiatry as well as neurology, according to the Vineland High School Class of 1973 Facebook page.

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Williams, of Egg Harbor Township, was assigned to the Port Norris Station. He was a member of the 156th State Police Class which graduated on Jan. 29, 2016. NJSP called him a "bright and promising trooper." [[405006266, C]]

Flags were lowered to half-staff in Williams' honor Tuesday and Millville Police offered their chaplains to State Police. Governor Chris Christie also sent his prayers to Williams' family.

"Just let them know our hearts are with them," said Millville Mayor Michael Santiago. "If there's anything we can do we're here to offer our support to them."

Residents brought flowers, an angel light and cards offering condolences to the Point Norris Barracks where Williams was assigned.

"Such a young man," said Tina Piper of Port Norris. "He just got married. It's really heart-wrenching. So I had to come out and stop in and tell the gentlemen how sorry I was for their loss this morning."

Those who knew Trooper Williams told NBC10 he was full of life and was an inspiration.

"This is so tragic," said Kevin Egolf.

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Egolf and his wife Beatrice lived next door to Williams in Mays Landing before the trooper and his wife moved to Egg Harbor Township. Williams had just gotten married in late September after graduating from the state police academy only months earlier.

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"It was his optimal goal to be a state trooper and if he can he would help out anybody he could," said Egolf.

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Williams grew up in Lakeland, Florida before moving to New Jersey. Donna Wood, Williams' former neighbor, told NBC10 he was always fearless, even as a boy.

"I know that child that grew up and I knew he was doing something that he was passionate about," Wood said, while fighting back tears.

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After Williams moved to South Jersey he earned a degree in criminal justice from Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College. He was in the process of getting his Masters degree prior to his death.

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"He without a doubt was one of the best students I've ever had," said Williams' former professor Dean Wyks.

Professor Wyks called Williams an inspiration and inquisitive with a yearning to serve the community.

"If you took all of the qualities that we recognize as good qualities in a human being, Frankie epitomized all of them," Professor Wyks said.

Information on funeral services for Trooper Williams has not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Massive Delays on I-76 as School Bus Crash Leaves 4 Hurt]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:28:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/School+bus+crash+South+Street.JPG

Two school buses collided after one school bus stopped after two other vehicles crashed along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia Monday morning. The wrecks left massive delays.

The vehicles – one turned the wrong direction – collided in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 near the South Street Exit shortly before 8 a.m. A large school bus managed to stop short of the wreck but a second smaller bus couldn't stop in time and struck the larger bus, said Pennsylvania State Police.

The wreck left at least four people -- including both bus drivers -- hurt, said firefighters and police.

No children were on board either bus, said police.

After 30 minutes, only one lane could squeeze by the crash as delays on the busy highway exceeded one hour, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

Crews got the scene cleared after a couple hours.

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<![CDATA[Passengers Toss Liquid on Bus Driver: SEPTA]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTASTILLPIC_722x406_2129867105.jpg

Two men attacked a SEPTA bus driver Monday morning leaving her hospitalized.

The men threw some sort of liquid on the Route K bus driver after they boarded the bus at Rising Sun and Adams avenues in Philadelphia’s Lawncrest neighborhood around 6:30 a.m., said SEPTA. The men then ran away.

The driver was treated by doctors and released without injury, said SEPTA.

No passengers suffered any injuries and those on board were placed on a following bus, said SEPTA.

SEPTA didn't report any other service interruptions from the incident.

SEPTA tested the liquid and determined it wasn't hazardous.

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