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tonight, we're on the scene, the deadly floods. mothers and their children swept away, trying to get out of their cars. it happened in just moments. also, the rescues tonight. families and their pets pulled from rushing waters elsewhere. the deadly plunge. the school bus sent over an overpass. now we learn what the bus driver was trying to avoid. the air scare. the flight to chicago. the unruly passenger and the takedown. new details. the alleged plot against the pope. the arrest here in america. pierre thomas standing by. and the high speed scare for an american neighborhood. the license plate from qatar. police says he claims he has diplomatic immunity. tonight here, the confrontation. >> get out. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night.
and we begin with those deadly floods. mothers and their children suddenly surrounded by those rising waters. the death toll growing as we come on the air, at least 12 now dead. the frightening images tonight out of utah. the raging waters. you can see how fast-moving they are. two cars, families inside both of them, suddenly overwhelmed by the floods. authorities say washed away by a wall of water 20 feet high. one boy's body found more than six miles away from where the families were trapped. and abc's nick watt leads us off from utah. >> oh, dear, there's two vehicles. >> reporter: in those vehicles, three mothers and 13 kids, the youngest just 4 years old. cut off by the flash flood waters. >> there goes the fence. >> reporter: watch as the wall of water washes them away. >> oh, dear, over the fence, oh, no!
>> reporter: in just 30 minutes, a staggering one and a half inches of rain fell, flash flood, washing families to their deaths. >> they're getting everybody out. >> reporter: this afternoon, a 10-year-old boy was discovered six and a half miles downstream. >> i knew the mothers, i knew them as they were growing up as young girls. >> reporter: this little town, hildale, is a bastion of the polygamist fundamentalist church of the latter day saints, once ruled by warren jeffs. >> this is an act of god. and this is something that we can't control. >> reporter: three children were rescued last night. the death toll now stands at 12 with one still missing. at one point, this creek rose three and a half feet in just nine minutes. two feet of water will sweep a car away. >> oh, my goodness. oh, my goodness. it's huge. >> it's getting bigger. >> reporter: in zion national park this afternoon, three killed in a flash flood, four still missing. the same weather system that brought tragedy to hildale brought rain to much of the southwest.
a dog and owner rescued from the l.a. river. a man air-lifted in huntington beach. back here in utah, the rain is falling, the flood water still flowing. but hope for that one person still listed as missing, david, that hope has all but faded. david? >> all right, nick watt on the scene. what a terrible scene there. let's get right to ginger zee. you told this, this rain is going to fall into the night. >> reporter: it's still falling now. and today, los angeles had its wettest day since march 2011. so, part of this is good, part of it, obviously, bad. some of the heavier showers moving through utah now. southern utah, the brunt of it. a lot of this from remnants of linda, out in the pacific. that moisture pulling up along the cold front along the rockies, this is all going to move to the east. then, our attention turns to the west. the far west. that cold front, good for the valley fire. look at that. the rain falling there tomorrow afternoon, one to two inches overall and it comes along with cooler temperatures sticking for the firefighters. >> all right, you're going to track this through the night. ginger, we'll see you on "gma." in the meantime, we are also on the scene of a terrible accident in texas. a deadly school bus crash in houston. that's the school bus there, obviously falling from a highway
overpass, we're told, killing two students on board. authorities now revealing what might have led up to the crash, and abc's ryan owens is in houston. >> reporter: a school bus tossed on its side. a mangled mess of metal after plunging off this overpass and crashing onto the street below, >> it landed nose first and then start flipping, it flipped over to the embankment. >> reporter: two students are killed, two others, plus the bus driver, still in the hospital tonight. the four teenagers were headed to this houston high school, where grief counselors are now assisting classmates of the 14 and 17-year-old girls killed. her principal remembering a motivated freshman. >> her goal was to graduate from high school and make something of herself. that's what she told me. >> reporter: police say the driver of a buick, herself a houston teacher, changed lanes at about 7:00 this morning, hitting the bus. the bus driver, who the district says has a clean driving record, then veered into the guardrail and off the overpass. up there, you see what's left of the guardrail.
and this shows you just how far that bus tumbled. tonight, prosecutors here are still trying to decide if the driver of that car who once again is a houston teacher will face charges. david? >> ryan, thank you. we're going to turn now to that deadly shooting on a college campus in mississippi. police say the gunman showing up and shooting a popular professor. and tonight, a possible motive. students with their hands in the air, evacuating after the gunman opened fire, killing that teacher as he sat in his office. students using desks to bier barricade their doors. tonight, authorities say that professor wasn't the only person he killed before taking his own life, leaving behind a letter with the words, "i'm so very sorry." abc's steve osunsami again on the case tonight. >> reporter: tonight, mississippi police are releasing this disturbing call they received from shannon lamb. the 45-year-old university geography instructor who investigators say first killed the woman he was living with. >> what's going on there? >> i shot my wife last night. >> reporter: and then drove 300 miles to delta state university,
where they say he shot and killed history professor ethan schmidt. police say he called in the first killing after 10:00 a.m., just minutes before he walked into a classroom building and shot his colleague to death, sending the campus into a panic. >> okay, sir, what is your name? >> um -- that's all i feel like saying right now. just go and take care of her. >> reporter: investigators found 41-year-old amy prentiss dead from a gunshot wound to her head. they say he left this handwritten apology, saying, "i am so very sorry, i wish i could take it back. i loved amy and she is the only person who ever loved me." lamb killed himself as police were closing in. tonight, they're still not sharing a motive for either shooting. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. now, to another american university, 37 students, members of a fraternity facing a range of criminal charges. some now facing charges of murder, after a brutal case of hazing. authorities now say the frat members searched the internet
after the incident, looking for what to do after a concussion. instead of calling 911 right away. abc's linsey davis with what happened. >> reporter: tonight, 37 college students face a slew of criminal charges. two years after the death of 19-year-old chun "michael" deng. a pennsylvania grand jury recommending that five of those fraternity members face charges of third degree murder. >> this is a clear case of why hazing is not permitted. >> reporter: authorities say in december of 2013, members of the pi delta psi fraternity at new york city's baruch college carried out what police say was a brutal hazing ritual, outside a rented house in the poconos, where pledges were forced to run across a frozen field, blindfolded, weighed down with backpacks filled with 30 pounds of sand, all while being tackled. police say after realizing deng was unconscious, it took students about two hours to drive him to a hospital, 45 minutes away. during that time, police say some of the students searched the internet for "concussion,
can't wake up", "pupils don't dilate." a forensic pathologist saying the delay in treatment of one to two hours significantly contributed to the death of mr. deng. the fraternity has been permanently banned here at baruch, and those five defendants set to be arraigned thursday. david? >> linsey davis, thank you. of course, we are back tonight after our broadcast from california last night. the state of emergency in several counties continues and new numbers this evening. nearly 600 homes now destroyed. we showed you last night one home igniting after the next. we showed you the charred frames, homes wiped out, one right after another in the valley fire. that home right there was still smoldering while we were there. tonight, new images of those tireless firefighters, that fire still burning. and abc's matt gutman going back with the mother and her daughter you met right here last night. and here's what they found. >> reporter: tonight, the fight continues. these aerials showing the fire scarred landscape, dozens of square miles blackened. firefighters still putting out hot spots.
>> you just get these piles of rubble and they kind of keep the heat in and it just slowly burns. >> reporter: 19,000 people displaced by the firestorm, including the conklin family. >> good to see you. >> reporter: david first met them and their dog, neo, yesterday at this red cross center. patrice and her daughters, including, of course, 8-year-old sydney. we are going to your house. the conklins piled in with us. their first time back since the fire. we pull up to their house. >> i can't -- i don't even recognize it. >> reporter: there, sydney's bike. her melted playhouse and ashes. >> hey, momma -- this survived. >> my great. grandmother's treadle sewing machine stood right there. >> reporter: as we spoke, the fire kicked up nearby. helicopters thundering overhead. firefighters are still at it. patrice had lost everything and yet she still had everything. >> this is nothing. that's my gold. that's my gold. >> reporter: solid gold is right. david, just over the past couple
of minutes, that brick wall came crashing down, and it's because of hazards like that, that fire officials aren't yet willing to let evacuees return to their homes. david? >> matt, thank you. and of course we are pulling for patrice and her daughters. in the meantime, we're going to turn tonight to the race for 2016, and on the eve of the next big republican debate, donald trump with a new rival closing in, dr. ben carson. the new national poll tonight showing them neck and neck. and someone else who will be on that stage, the only republican woman in the race. and the new ad tonight, taking aim at trump after what he said about her face. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump is a walking target. rivals and outside groups trying hard to take him down. >> it's disgusting what's happening to our country. >> reporter: trump, the only republican filling 20,000-seat arenas. where outside, police on horseback break up clashes between supporters -- >> build that wall, build that wall! >> reporter: -- and opponents. >> no more hate! >> reporter: the candidate always bragging he's on top. >> we are killing it!
>> reporter: but today, that new national poll shows dr. ben carson within striking distance. carson will be standing right next to trump at tomorrow's debate. >> i'll be center stage this time. so, it will be more difficult for them to ignore me. >> reporter: also on that stage, carly fiorina. trump trashing her in the pages of "rolling stone," saying, "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?" today, iowa's influential "des moines register," calling trump an "overtly sexist, celebrity billionaire," who "represents a bigotry that generations of women have struggled to overcome." in a new ad, fiorina may have the last laugh. >> this is the face of the 61-year-old woman. i am proud of every year and every wrinkle. >> reporter: and david, tonight, trump will be speaking on this battleship. tomorrow, he'll be battling ten of his opponents on that debate stage. david? >> all right, tom llamas on the campaign trail every step of the way. tom, thank you. and we turn now to new information tonight, after what sources tell abc news was an
alleged plot against the pope. the arrest right here in the u.s., one week before his historic visit. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: abc news has learned that the fbi has arrested a 15-year-old boy it claims was inspired by isis and who was contemplating attacking pope francis. according to authorities, the juvenile sought to conduct a detailed homeland attack, with multiple radicals using firearms and homemade bombs. while authorities say that the threat was not imminent, and that the plans of the teen, who may have had mental health issues, were in the aspirational stages. but sources were deeply concerned, because they believe he was radicalized by an isis social media campaign encouraging attacks by lone wolves. with that threat looming, security officials are not taking any chances. the secret service training for every possible threat scenario. including an attack on a motorcade. david, as you know, this pope is
quite unpredictable and loves to go into crowds to reach out and touch the people. those are huge challenges, sources say, and they are nervous. david? >> all right, pierre thomas live in washington tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn overseas tonight, to hungary. a state of emergency there tonight, as the refugee crisis in central europe takes a new turn now. migrant families fleeing violence back home, their journey now cut short as hungary closes its borders. police in riot gear told they can shoot rubber bullets at anyone who tries to cross. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is there. >> reporter: they surged through the open fields this morning, a river of refugees scrambling up a hill, chasing a rumor that this way is the way forward. this is an incredible scene. thousands of people who were here at this crossing overnight have now heard that a crossing a couple of miles away is opening and they're on their way. but they were misled. this crossing is closed, too. is the border open? is it open?
closed? not open. but the thousands here are defiant. do you have the right to cross this border, do you think? "we have the right to a new life," he tells me. "we are fleeing killing and death." and in the middle of it all, we meet these guys. identical twins, 12 years old, from damascus. >> we walk to here -- >> reporter: walking, the whole way? >> yeah. the whole way. >> reporter: wow. >> we're so tired. and it's so scary, scary trip. >> reporter: you've been scared? >> in the sea. >> reporter: they will never forget their terrifying boat journey to greece. you were afraid you were going to die in that boat? >> or drown. >> reporter: somehow, through it all, they're still just kids. the boys and their family crossed into hungary today and asked for asylum. and they were put in a camp. david? >> terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. back here at home now, and to that american airlines flight diverted because of an unruly passenger.
the woman escorted off the plane because of bizarre behavior, the other passengers recording it all. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> oh! >> reporter: the woman who forced this american airlines flight to divert to indianapolis did not go quietly, or without a fight. >> look forward. >> what do you mean, look forward? i have done nothing wrong. >> reporter: it all started on the miami to chicago flight with another passenger. >> she started kicking the seat of the passenger in front of her, and apparently, he turned around to complain and she hit him. >> reporter: just the start. when a flight attendant tried to intervene and calm her, the flight attendant became the target. >> she grabbed her by the face, kissed her and then punched her in the face. >> reporter: police also kicked and hit during the arrest. hollywood has used scenes like this to make us laugh. remember the bridesmaid? >> i'm ready to party! >> reporter: but this incident was no laughing matter. 25-year-old daniela velez-reyes of chicago is facing several
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means. today, vast expanses of devastation, entire neighborhoods are simply goí good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm auma dates. conditions allowed sky 7 hd to fly over the fire area for the first time since sunday. >> the valley fire consumed 67,000 acres, 5,000 acres overnight, and is now 15% contained. officials counted 568 homes that have been destroyed with 9100 other houses and buildings at risk. >> mandatory evacuation orders were lifted in some lake county areas and no word yet from middleton. >> rain is expected in the region tonight. good if you're fighting flames, certainly not good for these people at the evacuation center,
many living in wayne, what are they doing to prepare for the weather? >> reporter: you can see they're putting out water sealers and covers and getting tents out and trying to make themselves as water proof as possible. tonight they're grateful for the effort that has gone into the camp ground. is it possible a tragedy could feel so warm and hopeful? yes. >> i have seen it. this is humanity at its finest. >> with only what they can carry, or maybe just