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>> glor: a deadly train derailment in the northeast, two are dead, dozens hurt after the amtrak train collided with a piece of construction equipment near philadelphia. also tonight winter weather in spring time, fierce winds knock out power to hundreds of thousands. more snow is on the way. a major refinery that exploded last year in california is cleared to reopen. neighbors say pollution concerns are losing out to profits. and racers start your drones. rising stars of the sport that is just taking off. >> what is that sensation like for your body? >> it feels so realistic that your heart rate starts going up. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor.
nearly 350 passengers and crew members were on board when an amtrak train hit a backhoe on the tracks about 20 miles south of philadelphia in chester, pennsylvania, this morning. two amtrak workers who were on the backhoe died. dozens on the train are hurt. tonight as the investigation gets under way our transportation correspondent kris van cleave is on the scene. >> reporter: investigators worked around the damaged front end of amtrak train 89 after it collided with a backhoe early sunday morning in chester just south of philadelphia. 341 passengers and seven crew were on the new york to savannah, george ga train, passenger beth blakely. >> it fell like a car accident, like an impact. and it was a rough ride. it took a long time to stop. and all you could see was a lot of dirt and debris flying past the train and then there were a couple of sort of fire flashes and then we came to a stop. it was pretty panicky. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board is leading the investigation into what happened shortly before 8
a.m. the two amtrak employees killed were from the construction crew working on the backhoe. the collision tore into the train's first passenger car. roughly three dozen from the train were taken to local hospitals. >> it looked like it had been banged up a bit but that was on the outside of the train, the windows were broken in and it look pretty harsh. >> reporter: this accident comes less than a year after the deadly derailingment of amtrak train 188 in philadelphia which killed eight. just last month another amtrak train derailed in kansas injuring more than 30. this morning's deadly collision stopped service between philadelphia and points south on amtrak's heavily traffic northeast corridor for hours. sunday's are tripically one of amtrak's busiest travel days. still track work is not uncommon during early morning hours on weekend. ntsb investigator in charge. >> as of now we have recovered the event data recorder, the forward facing video and the inward facing video from the
locomotive to send to our laboratory in washington d.c. >> reporter: amtrak has restored partial service through the crash scene but jeff, what tomorrow morning's commute looks like depends largely on how long the ntsb needs the train to stay on scene here as their investigation continues. >> glor: kris van cleave, thank you very much. winter weather returned to the east this weekend with bitter temperatures, snow and dangerous winds. here's jamie yuccas. >> reporter: an arctic blast is being felt along the east coast. two people died in massachusetts when a tree fell on their car. the visibility over boston harbor was also near zero for much of the morning. on social media, sciens of spring looked more like winter with tulips sprouting through new snow. >> we've had some cold air fun elling in from canada. >> reporter: wbz meteorologist pamela gardner. >> i have to ask you it is april, we had a mild wiptd, it is spring, why is this happening now. >> it seems mother nature is
playing a joke on us. the jet stream is digging a little farther to the south but it looks like in the long-range forecast models we'll see that polar jet lift to the north and maybe by mid we can back to more spring like temps. >> reporter: strong winds caused damage in new jersey where windows shattered and pieces of a fence went flying. trees toppled and an empty beach house was blown over in new york. wind there gusted up to 60 miles per hour. in february a crane collapsed and these types of conditions killing a person in lower manhattan. >> we're pitting new restrictions on crawler cranes. >> reporter: new safety measures are being tested today with crane inspectors out in the field. from the midwest to the northeast, more than 300,000 people woke up without power. and according to flightaware.com, passengers flying too newark, new jersey, were delayed more than two hours due to wind. and earlier today the national data buoy center reported waves as high as 20 feet off the coast
of new jersey. it is exemented to be cold here in new york again tomorrow. by wednesday those temperatures do start to climb. but jeff, with that means rain for much of the east coast. >> glor: jamie, thank you very much. on tuesday the race for the white house moves to wisconsin where a cbs news battleground tracker poll out today shows ted cruz six points ahead of frontrunner donald trump. here's major garrett. >> reporter: despite trailing in wisconsin donald trump sat with his aides in a milwaukee diner and sounded sunny side up. >> i think we're going to do really well in wisconsin. i think we have a chance of winning it. >> reporter: trump usually wins where he leads and loses where he trails. and he's trying to recover from a very bad week. florida police charged trump's campaign manager cory lewandowski with battering a female reporter and trump struggle numb rouse times to explain who would be punished if abortion were outlawed.
>> the answer is that, there has to be some form of punishment. >> to the woman. >> yeah. at this moment, the laws are set. and i think we have to leave it that way.>> reporter: on "face e nation" trump said ups and downs are part of politics. >> i don't know that it's been the worst week in my campaign. i think i have had many bad weeks and many good weeks, i done see this as the worse week of my campaign. >> god bless the great state of wisconsin. >> reporter: ted cruz in green bay with wisconsin governor scott walker sought to capitalize by consolidating the anti-trump vote. >> nominating donald trump would be a trainwreck. and thases' not fair to trainwrecks. (laughter) >> reporter: a cruz win in wisconsin could buoy his campaign with grass roots donations and establishment backing. trump holds commanding leads over cruz in states like new york which votes april 19th, and pennsylvania which votes april 26th. earlier this week in a speech to college students about success trump said one key is
understanding the power of momentum and the importance of keeping it. trump's momentum has propelled him through most of this campaign and jeff t is now on the line in wisconsin. >> glor: major garrett, thanks. >> on the democratic side our new poll shows bernie sanders two points ahead of frontrunner hillary clinton in wisconsin. so we'll bring in our elections director anthony salvanto. always good to see you. the frontrunners, bo both of them have fallen behind in wisconsin. let's talk about the democrats first. overall hor hillary clinton how much of a concern is that. >> in wisconsin you have a very democratic electorate, that ts is up well for someone like bernie sanders so it is a close race there. but overall the delegate math is still on hillary clinton's side. because she's got the lead in the elected delegates and she's got a lead in what we call superdelegates. those are party leaders on the democratic side who can support whomever they want. they are still behind her as well. so the climb for bernie sanders even if he wins wisconsin is still pretty steep. >> glor: to the republicans. donald trump had a rough week.
he is still up in two of the three states you looked at, new york and pennsylvania, down in wisconsin, why? >> the rough week you mentioned, the controversy around some of his comments, that's pretty much baked into the cake for donald trump supporters at this point. they tell us in the polls that they think sometimes some of his comments go a little too far but they're supporting him anyway. so the lead you see for ted cruz in wisconsin i think is more reflective of a very conservative republican electorate there and the kind of voter who is looking for conservative candidates. >> glor: so for ted cruz what does wisconsin represent then? >> it's probably the last clans for awhile to put a dent into donald trump's lead. it is that kind of conservative state but going forward those states you mentioned, new york, pennsylvania, the map now goes into territory that probably favors donald trump. >> glor: anthony salvanto, thank you very much. >> thanks, jeff. >> glor: a new study today confirms what millions of people taking statins have been complaining about for years and it may offer solutions. jericka duncan has more on this. >> reporter: peggy o'connor
who suffered a heart attack after years of battling high cholesterol had complained to her doctor about statins she was taking. drugs that can lower bad cholesterol. >> when i started on the statin, i started having muscle spasms. >> reporter: claims like that were initially dismissed by some in the medical community. dr. steven nissing is the lead researchers of cleveland clinic study. >> we confirmed that this is a problem that's real. and we have given them an alternative. >> reporter: dr. nissing says problems including muscle pain and weakness affect up to 10% of people on statins, or 3 to 4 million americans. the study looked at more than 500 patients who reported side effects and are considered statin-intolerant. the patients in the study were given a statin or a sugar pill. about 42% who took a statin experienced muscle pain or weakness. the second part of the study involved tesessing nonstatin
cholesterol lowering drugs. one was an oral drug. the other injectable. both worked however the injectable had better results. >> patients that got one of the new injectable cholesterol lowering drugs had a 52 to 54% reduction in the levels of their bad cholesterol. >> reporter: what are the costs per year when talking about the injectable nonstatin drugs? >> it is about $14,000 a year. so they are quite expensive. >> reporter: the cost for statins is a few hundred dollars per year. dr. missing-- nissing estimates about 36 million people in this country rely on statins. so far, two injectable nonstatins have been approved by the fda, jeff. >> glor: jericka duncan, thank you. the airport in brussels, bell yum-- belgium, reopened today under extremely tight security. the first flight since the airport was hit by a deadly terror bombing last week sent off to portugal. interkonl flights are expected to resume tomorrow. an isis commandser blamed for
the death of a marine was killed today by a drone strike in iraq. the isis member was said to be behind the rock elevator attack that killed staff sergeant louis cardin and wounded eight other marines last month. also engaged in the fight against isis with the help of u.s. forces are kurdish soldier, the peshmerga. holly williams has more on this. >> reporter: for nearly two years iraq's kurdish fighters have lead the battle against isis. known as the peshmerga, which means one who faces death. these kurdish soldiers have helped claw back towns, villages and territory from the extremists. nearly 1400 peshmerga have lost their lives in a war they are fighting without enough body armor or hell melts to go around, with very few heavy weapons. and against an enemy that uses suicide bombs and booby traps. >> reporter: the reasons the kurd. >> the kurds are not only fighting for themselves but the rest of the world.
>> massrowr bar glani is-- a region that has been plunged into economic crisis by the falling price of oil with consequences for the peshmerga. >> they haven't been paid for four months at least. >> reporter: they haven't been paid for four months and fighting isis on the front line. >> they are. they believe in the cause. but unfortunately they have families. there are people to take care of. and we don't know for how much longer they can stand on the front lines without being paid. >> reporter: the kurds say the war against isis has cost them billions of dollars. not only in bullets and fighters' pay but because they've opened their doors to outsiders. >> you've taken in 1.8 million people. >> yes. >> reporter: who have fled isis. >> yes. >> reporter: that is a big burden for such a small place. >> it is, absolutely. it has increased the population of kurdistan by almost 50%. >> reporter: and near the front line, just north of mosul,
a city occupied by isis, is another potential disaster. mosul dam which was built by saddam hussein's regime on weak foundations has fallen into disrepair. and dangerously so. engineers warn that it could break at any time. >> reporter: what would happen if the dam broke? >> a large part of mosul will be flooded in a matter of a few hours. and then anything on the way, all the way to baghdad t would take a few days to reach bag dads but it would be flooded. everything, you know, on the way. >> reporter: the u.s. says it could tricker a 45 foot high flood wave on the river tigris, endangering the lives of 1.5 million people, in a part of the world already suffering the effects of another manmade catastrophe. holly williams, cbs news, erbil,
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gallon. homeowners within miles of the facility packed a 12 hour public hearing worried about what reopening the refinery will do to their air. >> i'm very concerned about the pollution that should occur. >> reporter: one engineer compared restarting the plant to starting up an old car. during the first hours hundreds of pounds of hazardous pollutants will be pumped into the air, numbers exceeding state limits. late last night the air quality district board voted to allow the company to fully restore refinery operations. as part of the agreement, exxon mobile will have to pay a $5 million fine for those increased emissions and the explosion. in an e-mailed statement exxon mobile tells cbs news it agrees with the decision and is working to safely restart the torrance refinery. exxon mobile sold the refinery last year to a new jersey-based energy company for a half billion dollars. the deal was con tin gent upon exxon mobile proving the plant
is in good working condition. maureen mock is a city of torrance commissioner. >>-- to get it resold and walk away to a safer place. >> the district board orders states that exxon mobile cannot restart the plant during school or business hours and must give the community 48 hours notice before it begins operations. daniele nottingham, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: up next here a little dog stops traffic on a big bridge
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>> glor: a big thrill turned into a big scare for hockey fans in philadelphia last night. an escalator suddenly sped up at the wells fargo center, home of the flyers after they won. fans were sent tumbling. nobody was seriously hurt. the team has not said what caused the malfunction. deses might the bitter weather in parts of the east a sign of spring today, baseball. pirates and cardinals playing in pittsburgh for the first game of the regular season. game time temperature, 35 degrees. pirates won 4-1. and there was a small disruption on the san francisco bay bridge
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>> glor: think drones and the first words that come to mind might be spying or secretary resee, not sport. that could be changing. across the country a new kind of competition has taken off. and "60 minutes" sports got an up close look. >> reporter: this is what drone pilot sees as they speed around a course. its' what makes descroan racing so addictive. the pilots wear fpv goggles. fpv for first person view. the goggles are receiving streaming video from a camera on the drone. fpv gives racers the sensation that they are flying, that they are the drone. when you first put on those fpv goggles, what's going through
your mind? >> the first thing i had to do was sit down. because it can be a bit disor yen taiting because your body is giving you one sensation and your eyes are giving you something else. >> chad nowak was an oil worker from australia when he won the first u.s. drone racing championship last summer. >> after a couple of flights, all of a sudden the world starts opening up. and i request fly through that doorway now and down that hallway and along that path. >> reporter: what is that sensation like for your body. >> it feels so realistic that your heart race starts going-- your heart rate start going up. when you are trying a new trick or shoot a gap, if you don't know in it doesn't work you will break srk your heart starts pounding and you get a little bit nervous. >> reporter: most pilots begin by fooling around with drones in their backyard. for bapu madhu an employment counselor from california it quickly became an obsession. >> when i started the hobby it was just something to do, just to kill time.
but it is so addictive. i have always been a gamer all my life. and this, this right here drone racing is like video game on steroids, i think. >> reporter: you can see the full story and the rest of "60 minutes" sports tuesday night on showtime. that is the cbs evening news tonight. later on cbs "60 minutes," and first thing tomorrow, cbs this morning. i'm jeff glor in new york. good night captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> natasha brown next on eyewitness news a deadly amtrak crash in delaware count. >> i seen a couple of people with things in their legs. >> we have our reporters spread out all across the area with live team coverage. win the last hour we've learned new information about the accident. eyewitness news starts