- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Wildfire smoke causes 18-car pileup in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — Smoke from a band of brush fires blinded motorists on a busy interstate highway in central Florida, causing an 18-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured 10 yesterday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The pileup of cars and trucks happened early yesterday morning, when smoke mingled with heavy fog and drifted over Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa. The 10 injured persons were taken to hospitals for treatment.
Three major brush fires burned in the area, including a 1,400-acre blaze west of the Disney theme parks, causing intermittent closures of five major highways in central Florida during the busy holiday weekend.

Bypass procedure turns veins into arteries

DALLAS — A bypass procedure that transforms veins into arteries without opening the chest cavity could one day offer treatment for patients with severe coronary-artery disease who cannot undergo traditional bypass surgery or angioplasty, experts said.
A case study being published in todays Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, documents the first nonsurgical bypass using catheters to make the coronary vein a conduit for blood flow around the diseased coronary artery.
The catheters are inserted in a leg and threaded into the coronary arteries.
Dr. Stephen Oesterle, director of invasive cardiology services at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his researchers successfully conducted he new procedure, called percutaneous in-situ coronary venous arterialization, or PICVA, in November 1999 in Germany.

Sprinkler flaw strands cruise ship

MIAMI — A cruise ship loaded with more than 2,000 passengers was barred from leaving port in Miami for a second day yesterday, pending repairs to fix what the Coast Guard called "a systematic failure" of its fire-sprinkler system.
The cruise ship Norway, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, was scheduled to leave the Port of Miami on Sunday for a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.
The 978-foot Bahamian-flagged vessel, built in 1961, carried 2,032 passengers and more than 900 crew. With the ship unable to leave port, the cruise line offered free drinks to the passengers and arranged sightseeing trips to Miami-area tourist attractions.

Girl killed, 13 injured in van crash

PHILADELPHIA — A speeding van crammed with children on their way home from a party plowed into several cars and flipped over, killing a 4-year-old girl and injuring 12 other children and one adult.
Police later apprehended 50-year-old Willis Mitchell and said he was the vans driver.
Mr. Mitchell, who police said fled after the crash Sunday night, was hospitalized with minor injuries and was being questioned by detectives.
No charges had been filed yesterday afternoon.
Four children, ranging in age from 4 to 12, were ejected. Two children remained hospitalized yesterday.
A 7-year-old boy with a skull fracture was in fair condition yesterday at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, hospital spokeswoman Joey McCool said.
A 5-year-old boy also was at the hospital in fair condition with minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises.
The van struck several parked cars, hit a construction trash bin and overturned.
Detectives later said the van was speeding down the narrow, rain-slicked street.

Tornado strikes Colorado town

ELLICOTT, Colo. A tornado struck three mobile-home parks east of Colorado Springs yesterday.
Nine persons were injured, one seriously, said Lt. Melissa Hartman, a spokeswoman with the El Paso County sheriffs office. She said there were several reports of mobile homes destroyed.


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