- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 1, 2007

CALIFORNIA

Overpass collapse hurts worker, driver

OROVILLE — A highway overpass that was under construction collapsed yesterday, crushing a delivery truck and injuring a construction worker who clung to a steel beam as it tumbled 50 feet to the ground.

Firefighters swarmed the FedEx delivery truck to cut its driver from underneath a large steel beam that crushed the hood but missed the cab. A second beam landed on the back of the truck.

The cause of the collapse was being investigated.

The driver, Robert Sylvester, 46, of Chico, was pulled free about 2½ hours after he was trapped. Janet Upton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Mr. Sylvester suffered injuries to his lower extremities. He was in good condition, Enloe Medical Center spokeswoman Sharon Cuglietta said.

The construction worker, Jeffrey Doll, 39, of Olivehurst, who was on top of the structure, was in serious condition with a fractured pelvis, fractured left elbow and broken lower left leg, officials said.

FLORIDA

Tropical storm projected to weaken

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was expected to weaken as it moved across the ocean yesterday but could carry heavy rain to Canada, forecasters said.

The storm, which was not expected to threaten the United States, had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was centered about 235 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 5 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving northeast at about 26 mph.

GEORGIA

Car dealer accused in employees’ deaths

ATLANTA — The owner of a car dealership killed two employees because they kept asking for pay raises, police said yesterday.

Rolandas Milinavicius was charged in the fatal shootings of Inga Contreras, 25, and Martynas Simokaitis, 28. All three were from Lithuania but had been living in Atlanta, authorities said.

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