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Three people were killed and dozens others were injured Monday when an Amtrak passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago struck a dump truck and derailed in a remote, rural area of Missouri. A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman says two of the people who died were on the train and one was in the truck.  It was not immediately clear exactly how many people were hurt, the patrol said, but hospitals reported receiving more than 40 patients from the crash and were expecting more. Officials say Amtrak's Southwest Chief was carrying about 207 passengers and crew members when the collision happened near Mendon at a rural intersection on a gravel road with no lights or electronic controls. The Highway Patrol said seven cars derailed.

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A 5-month-old girl has been shot to death while sitting in the rear of a car in Chicago. Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the child as Cecilia Thomas. She was struck in the head when shots were fired from another vehicle. She later died at a hospital. Police said a 41-year-old man in another vehicle was in good condition at a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound near his eye. No arrests have been made. The baby is among the youngest victims of gun violence in Chicago. She would have turned 6-months-old in four days, according to Natalia Derevyanny, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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A man who used his car to hit pedestrians in Times Square has been cleared of responsibility because of mental illness. The verdict came Wednesday at the New York City trial of Richard Rojas. The jury affirmed an insanity defense claiming Rojas was so mentally ill he didn’t know what he was doing during the 2017 attack. It injured 20 people and killed a young tourist. The judge has said the finding would qualify Rojas an open ended “involuntary mental commitment” instead of a lengthy prison term. He ordered Rojas held while he drafts an examination order, and said there would be a hearing on the matter Thursday.

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The South Dakota Senate convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg of two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 fatal accident, removing and barring him from future office. The votes Tuesday were a stinging rebuke that showed most senators didn’t believe his account of the crash. Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher the night of the crash that he might have struck a deer or other large animal, and has said he didn’t know he struck a man — 55-year-old Joseph Boever — until he returned to the scene the next morning. Lee Schoenbeck, the chamber's top-ranking Republican, said there was no question in his mind that was a lie. Ravnsvorg “ran down an innocent South Dakotan,” he said. Ravnsborg declined to address lawmakers. He has maintained he did nothing wrong.

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FILE - Forensic technicians work at the scene after a traffic accident between a car and a lorry outside the town Markaryd in Sweden, Monday Oct. 4, 2021. Swedish authorities say an exploding tire led the driver of the unmarked police car carrying Swedish artist Lars Vilks to lose control last year and crash head-on with a truck. The Oct 4 crash killed three people, including the 75-year-old cartoonist. Vilks had faced death threats and lived under police protection since his controversial 2007 sketch of the Prophet Muhammad. (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency via AP, File)

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Singer-guitarist John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is recovering after being seriously injured in a car crash in New York City. The crash happened early Thursday while he was being driven home from the alternative rock band’s first gig on a pandemic-delayed tour. The wreck led to the postponement of shows at least until late August. The driver of the car police said instigated the collision is awaiting arraignment after being arrested on drunken driving and other charges. It’s not immediately clear whether the 26-year-old driver has an attorney who can comment.

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The girlfriend of a Boston police officer who died during a winter storm in January after authorities say she struck him with her vehicle has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Karen Read also pleaded not guilty Friday to motor vehicle manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision causing death. A judge set bail at $100,000. Prosecutors had sought $500,000 bail. Read had originally been arraigned in district court on manslaughter and other charges, but a grand jury this week indicted her on the more serious charge. Read’s attorney says his client is innocent.

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Teslas with partially automated driving systems are a step closer to being recalled after the U.S. elevated its investigation into a series of collisions with emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Thursday that it's upgrading the probe to an engineering analysis, another sign of increased scrutiny of the electric vehicle maker and automated systems that perform at least some driving tasks. An engineering analysis is the final stage of an investigation, and in most cases NHTSA decides within a year if there should be a recall or the probe should be closed. The agency cites reports of 16 crashes into emergency vehicles or vehicles with warning signs, causing 15 injuries and one death.