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Security increased as terror threat targets I-95: What DID happen on I-95 Yesterday??
WFSB TV ^ | March 26, 2004 | WFSB TV

Posted on 03/26/2004 4:01:48 PM PST by RaceBannon

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BRIDGEPORT -- A terror threat targets Connecticut's busiest stretch of highway, the Interstate-95 corridor in Bridgeport. State police began stepping up security in the area Thursday.

The response is a coordinated effort between local and state police, the Coast Guard, and Homeland Security.

People taking the port Jefferson ferry to long island underwent police checks of vehicles at the docks today.

One of the more visible signs of the increased security measures put into place after authorities received information that Bridgeport could be targeted.

"It's nerve-wracking .. .you see police, and all that's going on, you often wonder," said Long Island resident Timothy Smith.

"What we've done now because of the alerts we've increased police to 24 hours, seven days a week," says Joseph Savino the Harbormaster. "Matter of fact, we just got back to the dock. We were out on patrol."

the alert appears to involve the stretch of I-95 that skirts the city, an area that includes the ferry terminal. The I-95 bridge over the harbor and the Metro North tracks that run parallel to the highway.

"It began with homeland security in Washington obtaining intelligence information and passing it to Connecticut," says State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Vance. "In this day and age, all intelligence is taken seriously and passed on to law enforcement agencies that it might affect."

State police stress that the intelligence in this situation is both non-specific and unsubstantiated, but is taken very seriously -- hence the increased security.

Measures people seem willing to put up with for the peace of mind it affords them.

"Better the security here than to have a problem when we're out in the middle of Long Island sound on a boat," says Robert Mancuso.


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I wonder what caused that Truck to explode on I-95 in Bridgeport yesterday!
1 posted on 03/26/2004 4:01:49 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...
This must be bumped! Thanks to Sorrissi!!
2 posted on 03/26/2004 4:02:46 PM PST by RaceBannon (John Kerry is Vietnam's Benedict Arnold: Former War Hero turned Traitor)
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To: RaceBannon
Were the terror alerts out before the truck incident?
3 posted on 03/26/2004 4:03:03 PM PST by lelio
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To: RaceBannon
I missed what happened to the truck ...can you post a link?
4 posted on 03/26/2004 4:05:24 PM PST by Dog
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To: lelio
I am not sure! I was forwarded the article by a CT Freeper, and the date on the top of the screen says today, but there is no sure date on the article.
5 posted on 03/26/2004 4:05:44 PM PST by RaceBannon (John Kerry is Vietnam's Benedict Arnold: Former War Hero turned Traitor)
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To: RaceBannon
Bttt!
6 posted on 03/26/2004 4:05:52 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: lelio
OK, no shower jokes!... ;) I do note that the truck was carrying a highly viscous oil, not unlike the kereosene used for jet fuel. Guaranteed to stay together as a clump and burn hot. If and only if a plot had been hatched to repeat 9/11 on the highway, and criple the main artery, and if and only if it was planned as was 9/11 by Al Qaida Civil Engineers, then ... hmmmm!
7 posted on 03/26/2004 4:06:00 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: Dog
Fiery Truck Crash Shuts Down Interstate Linking New York and Boston; Long Closure Feared
8 posted on 03/26/2004 4:06:17 PM PST by lelio
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To: Dog
http://www.wfsb.com/global/Category.asp?C=51186

Full coverage of the truck crash

Oficial police report is woman cut off trucker

I-95 is CLOSED in both directions!

Of course, one reason is that Connecticut never expanded the highway when it wa built to match the traffic load for this century
9 posted on 03/26/2004 4:08:16 PM PST by RaceBannon (John Kerry is Vietnam's Benedict Arnold: Former War Hero turned Traitor)
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To: Dog
Try this link to WTNH, or this series of stores from Cablevision channel 12
10 posted on 03/26/2004 4:08:30 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: RaceBannon
I have not yet been able to read reports concerning that accident. I have driven the I 95 area in southern Connecticut many many times, and the area south of the Q Bridge (New Haven) through to New York is a seriously treacherous roadway. The drivers who traverse there are as bad as anywhere else that I have seen, and that goes especially for the big rig truckers.

I have seen and read of many accidents in that area. Not the least of which was the collapse of the Mianus river bridge, and that fiery crash (I missed it by 20 minutes) which ultimately led to the immediate (ahead of schedule) closing of those toll booths.

Sometimes I have actually wondered if that section of highway might be haunted.
11 posted on 03/26/2004 4:09:18 PM PST by Radix (The Canteen? Yeah, it is for the Troops. Do you got a problem with that?)
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To: RaceBannon
I wonder what caused that Truck to explode on I-95 in Bridgeport yesterday!

Pre-mature jihadulation?

12 posted on 03/26/2004 4:09:37 PM PST by LibKill (The right to own weapons IS the right to be free.)
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To: belmont_mark
I have handled a lot of JP-5, and I would never accuse it of clumping up!

Especially the JP-5 that landed on the flight deck back in 81, I had to play fireman that day!
13 posted on 03/26/2004 4:09:44 PM PST by RaceBannon (John Kerry is Vietnam's Benedict Arnold: Former War Hero turned Traitor)
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To: RaceBannon
According to Google News, the article is dated March 25.
14 posted on 03/26/2004 4:11:26 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: lelio; RaceBannon; Zeppo
Thanks.
15 posted on 03/26/2004 4:11:55 PM PST by Dog
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To: RaceBannon
they are disabling the escape routes from Manhattan...

people will crowd onto the Amtraks to avoid increased commutes and detours....

they hit Manhattan and then hit the trains of people fleeing NYC.

(this is all a hypothesis.....but LA Union Station just installed radiological detectors this week)

16 posted on 03/26/2004 4:14:25 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: RaceBannon
Shi'ite happens
17 posted on 03/26/2004 4:20:07 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: RaceBannon
Does this mean I need to hide under the bed again?
18 posted on 03/26/2004 4:22:29 PM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: BurbankKarl
Why not just blow the bridges.....
Timing would have to had been precise to have this be planned.
19 posted on 03/26/2004 4:23:01 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: RaceBannon
I live nearby and drive this stretch of road regularly. It has been under construction just about forever. Right where the accident took place, the highway jogs left and right and goes over "temporary" lanes and pavement. Storm drains are right in the middle of the road and there are sections where there are no lane markers. Into this mess, mix concrete Jersey barriers and sever potholes and you've got one of the worst stretches of major highway in America. I am not surprised in the slightest that this accident took place because other, smaller accidents take place on this stretch regularly.
20 posted on 03/26/2004 4:23:01 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: Ol' Sox
sever potholes = severe potholes
21 posted on 03/26/2004 4:24:49 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: BurbankKarl
they are disabling the escape routes from Manhattan...

That is a scary thought and is worth thinking about. However, like a poster said, sometimes shi'ite just happens.

Course it wouldn't take much to close down the tunnels into New Jersey. Are flammable materials allowed to go through there? Not like terrorists really bother to play by the rules.
22 posted on 03/26/2004 4:25:30 PM PST by lelio
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To: Ol' Sox
Spent all week going back and forth on that section....What a freaking mess!!!!Glad to be working north next week although Boston dont look much better......
23 posted on 03/26/2004 4:26:10 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: All; anyone
Did police ever identify the driver who caused the tanker truck to wreck? It's my understanding that the truck was cut off by someone cutting in front of him or something similar.
24 posted on 03/26/2004 4:26:40 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: RaceBannon
1981? Was that the crash and fire on the Nimitz?
25 posted on 03/26/2004 4:27:20 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Nita Nupress
News rpts said both drivers ran from the mess and escaped injury...
26 posted on 03/26/2004 4:27:46 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

This was handed out this past week on the LA Commuter Railroad.... There are many more deputies on the LAMTA Red Line Subway under downtown LA, and at LA Union Station (100 trains a day now)

27 posted on 03/26/2004 4:28:26 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl
they are disabling the escape routes from Manhattan...

Nah. If they were disabling escape routes, they would have melted the Northbound lanes, not the Southbound. Besides, a jihadi wouldn't last 5 minutes in Bridgeport. They'd eat 'em alive.

28 posted on 03/26/2004 4:29:03 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: RaceBannon
Oficial police report is woman cut off trucker

That can't be right, it's always the truckers fault. They shouldn't be tailgating when that car jumps right in front of them and then hits their brakes to make that turn/exit.

29 posted on 03/26/2004 4:29:08 PM PST by babaloo999 (Zionist troll since 2001)
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To: babaloo999
well, G.I. Jihadi ain't making it past my place....the UPS package arrives from ammoman.com next week!
30 posted on 03/26/2004 4:31:03 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: SC Swamp Fox
May 11, 1979 off the Virginia coast Primary coolant water leaks from one of the two nuclear reactors aboard USS NIMITZ. A navy spokesman says there was no release of radioactivity, no danger to the core, and no danger to the ship's crew.


May 25, 1981 Atlantic Ocean An EA-6B aircraft attempting to land at night struck a helicopter, then hit another aircraft and tow tractor before coming to rest. A fuel fire erupted. Improved flight deck fire fighting systems quickly contained the fire, and once the fire was believed to be out, the order was given to start the clean-up. As sailors approached the scene, a SPARROW missile warhead that was buried in the debris detonated. The explosion restarted the fire and three more warheads detonated before the fire could be extinguished. Fourteen sailors were killed and 45 injured. Three planes were destroyed and nine were damaged.


November 30, 1988 Arabian Sea A 20mm cannon on an A-7 Corsair aircraft accidentally fires during maintenance setting six other aircraft ablaze aboard USS NIMITZ, killing one. NIMITZ continues operations.
April 18, 1996 Gulf of Thailand One sailor was killed and four others injured when an arresting cable on NIMITZ' flight deck snapped and struck a group of sailors. The accident happend as an F-14A came in for landing on the deck and the arresting cable broke. The plane apparently landed safely. It is not known if the plane had to abort its effort to land and circle the ship before returning for a landing.

31 posted on 03/26/2004 4:31:44 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: RaceBannon
Of course, one reason is that Connecticut never expanded the highway when it wa built to match the traffic load for this century

Kinda like the LIE.......outdated before it was built

32 posted on 03/26/2004 4:31:44 PM PST by Gone_Postal
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To: t1b8zs
News rpts said both drivers ran from the mess and escaped injury...

There were TWO drivers who cut off the truck?

Are the police actively looking for them?

33 posted on 03/26/2004 4:35:04 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: BurbankKarl
I went into the city (NYC)last week to a seminar at Microsoft. Coincidently, it was on St. Patrick's Day. There were NY State troopers on the trains going in and coming out. At the M'soft building, I had to produce photo ID in order to gain access to the elevators. Either plainclothes or FBI in the lobby scrutinizing everyone. I showed 'em my CT Concealed Carry permit, because at heart, I'm a wiseass and wanted to see their reaction.

They just smiled as they handed it back.

34 posted on 03/26/2004 4:35:35 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for the update. The article on Yahoo said that the truck hit a concrete barrier as a result of the actions of a car...the way it was worded was peculiar...and I thought it odd that an oil tanker would explode as a result of impact...I would have thought that accidents were taken into consideration in the construction of safety measures to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

Peculiar. Especially in light of the upgraded security measures now.

35 posted on 03/26/2004 4:36:00 PM PST by scoopscandal
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To: RaceBannon
Anyone sure this is a credible news source?
36 posted on 03/26/2004 4:51:43 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: t1b8zs; RaceBannon
That would be the one.

I never had to fight a fire on the flight deck, but I did have to fight a really nasty grease/dust fire that started in the forward galley exhaust vents.

One of the mess cooks activated the Halon system, but forgot to secure the exhaust fans first, totally ineffective. That duct ran from the 2nd deck amidships to the O3 level, port-side where it exhausted from the ship just forward of the angle. It was initially called as a flight deck fire when all of the smoke started pouring over the angle. About two minutes later, the ducts on the second deck started to melt and rained fire down all over the galley. What a freakin' mess.

37 posted on 03/26/2004 4:51:46 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: RaceBannon
More discussion here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1105547/posts
38 posted on 03/26/2004 4:53:04 PM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: RaceBannon
bump
39 posted on 03/26/2004 4:55:40 PM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Ol' Sox
After much consideration, I agree that this was just another dumb accident on I-95.

But the Goethals Bridge accident in NYC today had me thinking. There was also another bridge closure in NYC, but it must be cleared up by now since it's not on the radar.

GOETHALS BRIDGE CLOSED
Mar 26, 2004 2:22 pm US/Eastern

(1010 WINS) (NEW YORK) One person was killed Friday when four trucks got into an accident on the Goethals Bridge, authorities said..... The bridge, which connects Staten Island to New Jersey, was closed shortly after the 12:40 p.m. accident, and it was not immediately known when the span would be reopened, said Port Authority spokesman Tony Ciavolella. One of the trucks was carrying liquid nitrogen, but there was no leak, Ciavolella added.


40 posted on 03/26/2004 5:06:37 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Bush '04 --- in a F'n landslide.)
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To: lelio
Course it wouldn't take much to close down the tunnels into New Jersey. Are flammable materials allowed to go through there?

Can't speak to NJ, but I've been in the control room for the Mercer Island (WA) tunnel. Their systems are set to dump a LOT of foam to fight any such fire, so such an attempt in that tunnel, or the nearby Mount Baker tunnel in Seattle, wouldn't go far.

And no, "flammable materials" aren't allowed there (like that rule would stop a jihadi).

41 posted on 03/26/2004 5:34:21 PM PST by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: BurbankKarl
Here near SF, similar trains run between Gilroy and downtown SF. Notably, there is a large station very nearby SF Int'l Airport, where BART interconnects and where a BART spur goes right into the heart of SFO. I sincerely hope that security at that station has been tightened dramatically. The potential number of inputs there is huge.
42 posted on 03/26/2004 5:53:50 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: Ol' Sox
What happens if/when you are involved in a traffic stop? In Michigan, it is recommended that you hand the officer your concealed pistol license and inform him/her whether or not you have a pistol with you.
43 posted on 03/26/2004 5:58:36 PM PST by WhiteyAppleseed (2 million defensive gun uses a year. Tell that to the Gun Fairy who'd rather leave you toothless.)
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To: LibKill
Pre-mature jihadulation?

ROTFL! I am just cracking up here! Never heard this one before, did you create it?

44 posted on 03/26/2004 6:00:01 PM PST by ladyinred (Weakness Invites War. Peace through Strength (Margaret Thatcher))
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To: RaceBannon
Bump!
45 posted on 03/26/2004 6:08:56 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: BurbankKarl
disabling the escape routes from Manhattan...

Interesting, today we had two of the three bridges to NJ from Staten Island closed by accidents. One, on the Goethals Bridge, involved 4 trucks, one a chemical tanker. The bridge was(may still be partially) closed for hours. The Outer Bridge Crossing, I didn't hear many details on the accident, but it was a much shorter closing.

The third bridge to Jersey is the Bayonne Bridge, and that is no fast escape. From there there are several more mostly smaller bridges on any evacuation route.

I'm heading to the marina myself. ;-)

46 posted on 03/26/2004 6:18:25 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: RaceBannon
I was going to be heading up to my mom's house next weekend in Springfield, MA from here in Charlottesville, VA.

Looks like I go the Rte. 64 West to 81 North (up the Shenandoah Valley) to 84 East in Scranton, PA to Harford to Rte. 91 North route (600 miles)......NOT the 29 North -> 66 East -> 95 North (DC, Baltimore, Joysee Pike, Cross Bronx Expy., Southern Conn.) -> 91 North (500 miles).

47 posted on 03/26/2004 6:24:47 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: ladyinred
Pre-mature jihadulation?

ROTFL! I am just cracking up here! Never heard this one before, did you create it?

I only wish I had that much wit.

If I remember it was an old FR thread, 2-4 years ago, about how some paliterrorists blew themselves to their eternal punishment while trying to build a bomb.

48 posted on 03/26/2004 6:25:20 PM PST by LibKill (The right to own weapons IS the right to be free.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
That's the narrowest bridge (the Goethals) I've ever been on, and the politicians have been talking about replacing it for years. Perhaps they might now, unless Comrade Bloomberg suddenly decides that smokers need to be punished some more.

Wouldn't surpise me in the least that four trucks were involved, since that the main route into 287 from the NJ Turnpike. With the all the seaport activity at Howland Hook and Newark, not to mention the airport, truck traffic in that area is horrendous. Driving a big rig across a narrow, two lane bridge that is still undergoing renovations at high speed is a dangerous undertaking to say the least.
49 posted on 03/26/2004 6:30:26 PM PST by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection....)
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To: WhiteyAppleseed
What happens if/when you are involved in a traffic stop?

I think its a good recommendation, and if I am ever stopped its what I intend to do. I'm sure the officer would rather know up front than be surprised.

50 posted on 03/26/2004 6:30:29 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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