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tonight, deadly train disaster. a speeding commuter train crashes into a station at rush hour. the panic inside, at least one killed, over a hundred injured, and the safety system that might have prevented it. why didn't this train have it? mystery motive. what drove a ea shooting rampage at a school playground? tonighthe firefighters hailed as heroes at the scene. bank scandal. the former employee who says wells fargo fired her for following orders to open fake accounts and the ceo in the hot seat again today. plan of attack. how team trump is plotting to go after hillary clinton for her husband's past scandals. and flu warning.
children will catch potentially deadly cases this season. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. what happened this morning just outside new york city is among the worst nightmares for more than one million americans who ride commuter trains to work each day. it happened at the height of the rush in hoboken, new jersey. a train filled with mostly manhattan-bound commuters failed to end of the line, smashing into a barrier at high speed and into the station itself. one person was killed and more than a hundred were injured. some severely hurt. the man at the controls at the time is among the survivors and may be able to answer the question of what went so terribly wrong. nbc's tom costello has the latest from the scene. >> reporter: 8:45 a.m. >> i have heavy structural damage. i have people trapped on the train. major, major casualties. >> reporter: a violent
suddenly exploded through the morning rush in hoboken as new jersey transit train 1614 came screaming into the train station, jumped the end of track bumpers on platform five and tore right into the central hall. passengers on the train and on the platform crushed under falling debris. >> we just heard people screaming in the first car. they were trapped, they couldn't get out. >> then i just heard these horrifying terrible screams coming out and shrieks. you know, loud, loud for their lives. >> reporter: glass, steel support beams and bricks came crashing down. >> we helped them out of the train. >> reporter: 34-year-old fabiola bittar de kroon, a local mother, was killed while standing on the platform. more than a hundred other people injured, some able to walk to nearby hospitals but others transported with serious injuries. >> i thought we were going to die. i didn't think we would get out. >> reporter: 15,000 commuters go through hoboken station on their way to and from work in new york every day.
traveled through new jersey and scheduled to arrive at hoboken at 8:38. but rather than approach hoboken at 2 to 3 miles per hour, the train never slowed. >> it didn't stop, it didn't slow down. it didn't brake. >> reporter: tonight federal investigators are examining the train, the tracks, signals, the train's black box, and hoping to talk to the engineer. was he distracted, asleep oar suffering a medical emergency? >> there's no real point as to speculating what happened, why did the train come in so fast. >> reporter: we know new jersey transit does not have the automatic braking system known as positive train control, a system that can prevent fatal crashes. >> the ntsb has been recommending positive train control, or ptc, for 40 years. >> reporter: no suggestion of terrorism. tonight the engineer is identified as 48-year-old tommy gallagher. we're told there's nothing in his background that would raise any red flags,
matter, any medical issue. by the way, lester, the speed limit posted to go into the train station, 10 miles per hour. obviously trains going a lot slower. so why was this train going in so fast? we simply don't know. back to you. >> all right, tom, we want to drill down on that safety system you mentioned, positive train control. it's yet to be installed on an overwhelming majority of rail lines in this country. where 1.4 million commuters go by rail every day. as our miguel almaguer explains, critics are train passengers. >> reporter: lessons learned. the amtrak derailment in philadelphia last year left eight dead and more than 200 injured. the train traveling at speeds exceeding a hundred miles an hour. in chatsworth, california, 25 lost their lives, 125 hurt, when a commuter train slammed head on into a freight train in 2008. these, just two of the 145 rail accidents
>> year after year, we're going to continue to see accidents that could have been prevented by ptc. >> reporter: the advanced braking system is designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents, like those caused by speeding or ending in head-on collisions. but only 22% of trains currently have the advanced braking system. while trains like this one in los angeles have ptc, there are ways to maximize your possible, ride in the center of a train, so there's less impact from collision. and also, face the rear. so during extreme braking, you're pushed into the seat and not across the aisle. gerald atkins narrowly survived the chatsworth crash, the deadliest in metrolink history. he was seated in the first car. >> i always sit in the middle car, it's the safest place. don't sit in the back. don't sit in the front.
more questions on how to make it safer sooner. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we're learning much more about the teen accused of a shooting rampage at a south carolina school playground. two students and a teacher were injured after the suspect allegedly killed his own father at another nearby scene. now, as our gabe gutierrez tells us, police are trying to determine what may have driven him to commit such rr >> reporter: tonight in their search for a motive, investigators are looking into whether the suspected gunman may have been bullied. a source close to his family said the 14-year-old was being home-schooled after he brought a machete and hatchet to his middle school earlier this year. >> we experienced a very devastating and life-changing event. >> reporter: today an emotional fire chief, billy mcadams, described how he, along with volunteer firefighter jamie brock rushed to townville elementary, mcadams tended to the wounded, including critically injured
while the unarmed brock took off after the suspect. >> feeling it was imperative to the safety of the students, the teachers, and all the responders that were on site, he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter. >> reporter: this man's nephew was at the playground and has a message for jamie brock. >> i'd call him god-sent hero. and that's the truth. >> reporteon the suspected gunman's mother says our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son. first police say the teen shot and killed his father, jeffrey osborne at the family home and then drove about two miles to the school. at 1:44 p.m., they say he called his grandmother in tears. >> her grandson was very distraught, she couldn't understand what he was saying. >> reporter: at 1:45 p.m., shots fired near the school's playground. teacher meghan hollingsworth was hit in the shoulder. she and others rushed students inside and locked the doors. >> they put their
protect them. >> reporter: administrators are crediting repeated active shooter drills for saving lives. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, townville, south carolina. the chairman of wells fargo faced more harsh criticism today over bank and credit card accounts opened without the permission of customers in order to meet sales goals. this time it was from hostile members of congress, even after the ceo was stripped of $41 million in compensation and one of his fired employees was there to witness it all. nbc's jo link kent has more for us tonight. >> reporter: wells fargo employees say the pressure to cell was unbearable. >> we were led by fear and intimidation. >> reporter: julie miller was a branch manager in allentown, pennsylvania, once recognized by ceo john stumpf himself, but later fired for failing to meet aggressive sales goals. >> with seven checking accounts and 42 product solutions for my branch a day. >> reporter: she
see him in the hot seat. >> as you came out here and apologized and said the buck stops with me, then you should be fired because it stops with you. >> again, congressman, the board has that power. >> reporter: house members on both sides pressing the ceo to take more responsibility. >> did wells fargo employees steal from a million to two million of their customers? yes or no? >> in some cases, they did. >> reporter: no criminal charges have been filed, but wells fargo has paid a $185 he first learned of the problem in 2013. >> we begged and pleaded with family members, with relatives, with business owners, just to open accounts so that we wouldn't lose our jobs. >> reporter: consumer advocates say what happened at wells fargo could happen anywhere. >> check your credit card statements every month. this is the type of routine personal finance maintenance that needs to be second nature. >> reporter: today the ceo announced that wells fargo is ending its aggressive sales goals on saturday,
not enough. jo ling kent, nbc news, washington. some 20 million people under flood alerts tonight up and down the east coast. in north carolina, 10 inches of rain fell in some areas, and rescuers went door to door saving people who were stranded. the threat continues into the night. they expect another 3 inches or mo to fall all the way up to pennsylvania. the weekend is expected to be a wet one for much of the mid atlantic and the northeast. we turn now to even more personal today between donald trump and hillary clinton, with bill clinton now emerging as fair game in the trump playbook. then there was gary johnson, the third-party candidate and the tough time he had last night. we get more tonight from nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: hillary clinton in iowa today, bracing for an onslaught of new attacks, with the trump team signaling they're poised to raise her husband's past indiscretions. >> what's your response today?
chooses. that's up to him. >> reporter: in the debate, trump stayed away from bill clinton's past, but nbc news has obtained a trump surrogate's talking points memo, telling them to talk about clinton's infidelities. trump today in new hampshire trying out a new attack line. >> follow the money. >> reporter: but backstage with a reporter, pressed on the strategy of dredging up the clintons' history. >> why would that reflect on hillary clinton anyway? >> well, you'll have to figure thut out. >> possibly in the next debate, fair game? >> we'll see what happens. we're going to see what happens. >> reporter: secretary clinton with reporters dismissing it all. >> he can say whatever he wants to say, as we well know. >> reporter: meanwhile, another challenge for clinton -- the threat from third-party candidates. the gary johnson effect. johnson's drawing support from clinton, particularly with young voters. but he's also struggled recently, faltering on foreign policy with msnbc's chris matthews. >> who's your favorite foreign leader?
the country, any of the continents, name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. anybody. name a foreign leader that you respect. >> i guess i'm having an aleppo moment. in the former president of mexico -- >> i'm giving you the whole world. >> i know, i know. >> anybody in the world you like. anybody. pick any leader. >> the former president of mexico. >> which one? >> i'm having a brain -- >> name anybody. >> if johnson fades and this gaffe could help that along, that's great news for >> reporter: as for donald trump, who has been married three times, it's not clear his strategy of getting personal with the clintons will help him win over women voters, the very voters he needs more of, in order to win the white house. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you, kristin. now to an nbc news investigation into what's being called a secret campaign to influence america's presidential race. election systems across many states have come under attack
investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden tells us, officials are pointing the finger right at russia. >> reporter: intelligence sources tell nbc news, there's no doubt the russians are trying to influence the presidential election. nbc news has examined the classified materials used by those who briefed both hillary clinton and donald trump. the secret materials indicate that u.s. intelligence has drawn direct links between the russian government and hacking activity against the 2016 election. only 39 days away. according to two sources at the department of homeland security, there have been attempts to hack the election systems in at least 20 states. >> we are doing an awful lot of work through our counterintelligence investigators to understand just what mischief is russia up to in connection with our election. >> reporter: nbc news has also learned from a senior u.s. intelligence source that inside a secure briefing room this summer, admiral michael rogers, the director of the national security
intelligence committee, we believe potential adversaries might be leaving cyber fingerprints on our critical infrastructure, partly to convey a message that our homeland is at risk if tensions ever escalate towards military conflict. in other words, a warning from the russians. senator dianne feinstein and congressman adam schiff, issued their own warnings. we have concluded that the russian intelligenge to influence the u.s. election. this effort is intended to sew doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election. >> if we're even talking about russian influence in the election, that's a problem for people accepting the credibility of the results. >> reporter: but even russia's success in creating doubt is still a long way from changing the outcome of a presidential election. cynthia mcfadden, nbc
kids. ? happy birthday to you ?? >> reporter: for 5-year-old joseph marotta, it happened so fast. a simple case of the flu quickly sent him to the hospital. and then he got worse. >> the attending doctor came in and i looked at her and i said, i can't hold my hand up. and i said, did he die? and she said, you need to come in the room with me. >> he was well loved? >> yes. >> reporter: joseph died of a flu strain vaccine he received. that strain is now protected by this season's shot. >> get a flu shot. >> reporter: today the nation's top officials worried about children getting vaccinated because they can no longer use the easier nasal flu mist. everyone ages six months or older needs a shot. the flu vaccine lowers your risk by 50 to 60%. >> it's particularly important for the at-risk population. those are children, pregnant patients, elderly people, and
>> reporter: serese marotta runs a group called families fighting flu, and getting their daughter emma vaccinated is a family event. >> we want families to understand that this can happen to you. >> reporter: an important reminder, last year, more than half of americans failed to get a flu shot, taking a potentially deadly risk. dr. john torres, nbc news, syracuse, new york. we are back in a moment with a heckler who put his money where his mouth was and shocked two golf
[ cellphone ringing ] it's just another scandal from danny tarkanian. tarkanian was the corporate lawyer for those with an elaborate scam that tricked hundreds of seniors into donating to fraudulent charities, totaling millions. and when a shady tarkanian deal went bust, he refused to pay back $17 million, sticking taxpayers with the bill. why would we ever send danny tarkanian to congress? dccc is responsible for the content of this advertising. a golden moment at the white house today, as in olympic gold. president obama welcomed team usa's olympians and paralympians to the east room, to congratulate them on their performances in rio. most of the final five were there. star gymnast simone biles getting to rub elbows with the first lady and swimming sensation katie ledecky among those
little kids at a party, something every parent can relate to. only today it was the royal family on their visit to canada. prince george and princess charlotte attended a children's party, complete with pony rides and lots of balloons, which charlotte couldn't get enough of. she was reportedly heard for the first time saying "pop." the children seemed fascinated in playing with the other kids, two dozen of them from military families. and tough going today at the ryder cup during a practice round. rory mcilroy and henrik stenson just couldn't sink a 12-foot putt. a fan named david johnson shouted that even he could make the shot. so they pulled him on the green, gave him a putter, and look at that, the fan showing the pros how it's done, winning a hundred dollar bill and earning the admiration of some of the world's top players. you think he's got a great story to tell? when we come back, why thousands of people just can't get enough of this scene on tv. i don't get it either, but we'll try to explain when we come
so fascinating? we sent harry smith to find out. >> reporter: jackson hole, gateway to the tetons and yellowstone. jaw-dropping vistas and an eyeful around every corner. but on any given day, go figure, hundreds, even thousands of people around the world are looking at this, what they say is the busiest intersection in wyoming. for reasons we won't pretend to understand, watching this camera has suddenly become something of a thing on youtube. with running commentary from viewers who seem especially pleased if a red truck goes by. we're guessing this might be part of the slow tv movement. on netflix, you can watch people knit for hours. a big favorite is the fire. think of it as a year-long yule log. thrilled with the newfound attention the folks in jackson
camera. here's the dancing sheriff, and the creative types, tried a miniature marriage proposal. viewers at first were pleased. but then -- >> they were like, thanks for entertaining us, but give us back our boring intersection. [ laughter ] and that was very unexpected. we thought we were providing some genuine entertainment. >> reporter: and so there it is, traffic and tourists to transfix a global audience. >> are these people at work or doing this on their own time? i feel like they should do something >> reporter: it all gives new meaning to the old saying, there's nothing on tv. harry smith, nbc news, jackson, wyoming. >> almost as fun as watching paint dry. that's going to do it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and
right now on news 3 live at 6:00 -- a search warrant leads to a shootout with police. an officer wounded and the suspect dead. we're live at the scene in kickman. highway shutdown. a major artery in las vegas closed for hours after a man police were chasing gets hit by a semi. changes are coming to the busy blue diamond road. it used to be way out in the but not anymore. now it's getting much-needed improvement. parts of u.s. 95 remain closed as officers continue to investigate a deadly crash. >> it's been gridlock there all afternoon. metro detectives say a man was hit by a semitruck and killed while trying to run away from them. news 3's sergio avila is live at boulder city and the 95 and,
situation? any idea when the lanes will be all reopened? >> reporter: metro has yet to give us a timetable, jim. but this all started about a week ago, there was a shooting on september 22nd at a mobile home park that's pretty near to this location. officers eventually were able to track down their suspect. they found him this morning. that person aparently decided to take off in a car, get on the that car into the center median and left the car and started to run near the freeway. that's when he was hit by that big rig and killed. now, i was able to speak with friends who knew this person. they say his first name is travis. they tell us that they knew officers were trying to track him down. they were very upset when they found out he was involved in the crash. as you can see, the traffic