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nbc 10 news starts now. and right now, trains are rolling past the scene of this deadly amtrak derailment in delaware county. your morning commute on septa and amtrak will still be affected by the crash. picking through the evidence. this morning we are taking a closer look at the moments just before and after that train slammed into a crew working on the same stretch of track. and the march to victory ends tonight. villanova fans here and in houston are ready to watch their team battle it out for the college title. plus, we are tracking showers that will be moving into
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this area this afternoon. here's a live look right now at center city philadelphia. expect temperatures in the 60s today before much colder weather moves through. good morning, this is "nbc 10 news today," i'm katy zachry. it is 4:01 on your monday. a lot colder it felt this morning than it should for spring, right, meteorologist bill henley? >> 43 degrees right now. there's a little bit of wind to start with this morning. that will be increasing during the day. we're tracking snow showers right now in the pocono mountai mountains. just to the south, light snow is moving towards allentown. you might see snowflakes but as far as sticking it's out of the question. but the pocono mountains, a different story. it's in the 20s right now. that snow is sticking in mount pocono, 27 degrees. low 40s for reading. you might see snow flakes but it shouldn't be an issue. 42 degrees in philadelphia and dry at this hour. hour by hour forecast is calling
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for the temperatures to climb. middle 40s at 6:00. by 9:00, 52 degrees with southwesterly winds boosting our temperatures into the 60s by lunch çtime. that's when we'll start to see showers enter the picture and more rainfall on the way this afternoon. but it will only be rain as the temperatures will be much warmer during the afternoon hours. neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. jessica boyington watching first alert traffic. >> we're watching 422 for ongoing construction right now. around trooper road. you can see up here we do have flashing lights and lane restrictions as well. you can see the cones placed down the roadway there. expect some delays, possibly. not a lot the cars out the door right now. maybe delays with lane restrictions east and westbound on 422 between trooper road and 423. an accident in salford in montgomery county. medford township, a utility pole
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is down, route 70 eastbound around main street. the jug handle is closed. updates on mass transit when i come back in the next ten. now to the latest this morning on the deadly amtrak derailment. the train is being moved from the tracks in delaware county. amtrak says it is running a normal schedule for morning commute but septa riders could see delays on the wilmington/newark line. the train collided yesterday morning with a backhoe, killing veteran amtrak workers and sending dozens of passengers to the hospital. with cleanup along the track under way, the focus remains on how the deadly derailment could have happened. monique braxton is live in tr n trainor with more about the investigation. >> reporter: we've been watching what appears to be repairs here in trainer and the train has been moved. the presumption is it's going to be taken to 30th street station.
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we're still waiting for confirmation of that. the goal here is what you mention, disruptions in the morning minimal, whether it's the septa train or an amtrak train. >> we now have our second d.o.a. located at the impact site of the backhoe. >> two people were killed and more than 30 injured when amtrak's palmetto train 89 slammed into a backhoe sunday morning. delaware county medical examiner's office plans to release information after performing autopsies today. the ntsb confirmed one of the deceased was the operator of the equipment. and u.s. senator chuck schumer of new york said the other person killed was a supervisor. we're also learning they had decades of experience. so what happened? what caused the train carrying
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348 crew members and passengers to collide with the backhoe? it's a question congressman bob brady wants answered. >> this was a communication, it had to be some type of communication failure. any time there's an issue and a problem, it does showroom for concern. >> reporter: the data recorder and videotape from the locomotive that's considered valuable in this investigation have been recovered. we're working to bring you the next step at this point in the next half hour. live for now in trainer, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. all right, monique, thank you. here's new video this morning from one of the passengers on the train. this video was taken right after the accident. you can see from it windows were smashed along train 89. the passenger was waiting to get bused from the scene when she recorded this video. you'll remember this is the second deadly amtrak crash in
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our area in just the past year. eight people were killed when this train derailed in philadelphia's port richmond neighborhood. more than 200 people were hurt in the may 12th derailment. amtrak train 188 was traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit when it hit a curve in the tracks and crashed. amtrak installed positive train control along the northeast corridor, a system that can automatically slow down a train if it's going too fast. for new developments on the deadly derailment, stay with nbc 10 on air and online. we have a slide show from the latest crash scene, video and a link to the national train schedule for amtrak. shifting gears now, villanova university and the main line are ready for a championship evening. watch parties for tonight's title game are planned for the pavilion on campus and on local pubs like kelly's tavern in radnor township.
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kelly's manager expects a packed house just like it was for the final four. >> anybody that does come in with a bag or anything like that, they will have to be checked for security purposes. >> police made eight arrests saturday night, mostly for disorderly conduct. tonight university police and township police will add more officers and bomb-sniffing dogs to help keep the peace, win or lose. there are no doubt the villanova campus will be pumped up for tonight's game. but plenty of fans chose to hit the road and see the team in person. nbc 10's matt delucia is live in houston for us. you spoke with two sisters who made a last-minute decision to fly there, right? >> reporter: that's right, katy. it wasn't until they watched the big time, the blowout that they decided it was time to go. they stayed up until 1:00 sunday morning booking flights and a hotel. the two flew out to philadelphia yesterday morning. they landed in houston, ready to
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go. sara's a sophomore at villanova, her sister just committed to the school and she wants to start off that school pride in the best way possible. >> last-minute just hopping online, finding whatever we could for a low price. >> so the parents took care of everything? >> yes. >> kind of, yes. >> you're going to pay them back. >> they're not super happy with the final bill but it's worth it. >> reporter: a lot of the support for the team is coming in the form of faith. i'll tell you how villanovaens gathered together yesterday in a special way. that's coming up. you can be sure to watch nbc 10 tonight at 7:00 for our one-hour villanova special march to victory. matt delucia, keith jones and john clark are all live in houston with the players and excited fans, looking to head to tonight's championship game.
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and ahead in our next half hour, these nova superfans are so committed to their team they drove hundreds of miles to the ncaa finals to support them. but there's one key piece missing. tickets. how they planç to get around tt minor detail is coming up. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> nine minutes after 4:00. getting a chilly start with 30s and 40s. 42 degrees in philadelphia. it's dropped to 39 in wrightstown and doylestown is 36 degrees and these numbers are still falling. but they're not going to come down a lot more this morning. we have clouds overhead. 37 degrees right now in collegeville and above freezing for gilbertsville and pottstown, limerick airport both at 37 degrees. we are tracking some showers. it is snow falling to the north in the pocono mountains and into new york state. very light snow. look at the rain to the west. that rain is going to be moving in during the day today. if you're heading out the door
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in the pocono mountains you'll see a mix, snow to start with and rain coming in. temperatures in the 50s this afternoon for allentown and quakertown. reading up to 60 degrees. cool in doylestown, 59. rain this afternoon for trenton and mount holly. the farther south and east you go, the warmer the temperatures get. look at this 70 degrees for dover. 65 in cape may. clouds moving in. winds will be gusty this afternoon and a chance of some rain and for philadelphia, a dry morning but this afternoon, the rain will be coming through. 67 degrees before the rain starts to move in. west chester, 63 and up to 68 degrees in swedesboro. a look at the futurecast, hour by hour to show you exactly when the rain will alive in your neighborhood when i'm back in ten minutes. all right, bill, thank you. at least the rain is not here yet which means if you are traveling now, traffic should be light, not a lot of volume. it should be a pretty smooth ride, right, jessica. >> we have a smooth ride this morning, not a lot of really big
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delays for our drive times. everything is moving along. some construction but a big focus will be mass transit. we'll expect some delays for amtrak and septa. the wilmington/newark line for septa is running on a regular weekday schedule starting today but starting at least 30-minute delays for outbound trains. septa will also be running to newark as well. they'll be sharing tracks, amtrak and septa. two and tracks three will be out of service leaving track one and four in service today. definitely delays in between wilmington and philadelphia this morning for all passengers all across the board. if you're out in warrenton township, watch out for construction on county line road between fairmont avenue and park ride, scheduled until the 8th of april. we'll see some delays there for your morning time. here is the schuylkill expressway, right through the conshohocken curve. 12 minutes from the blue route to the vine street expressway. katy? >> jessica, thank you.
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4:11 and 43 degrees outside our studios in bala cynwyd. piles of burned wood and debris are all that remain of a historic cumberland county church. why mother nature may be to blame. the march is on to victory. next, hear from villanova's players as they get ready to play for the ncaa championship tonight in houston.
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welcome back and good morning, villanova. nbc 10 is live on the delaware county campus right now where it is a cool 39 degrees. and here's the latest this morning on the deadly amtrak
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derailment. the train has been moved from the tracks in trainer, delaware county where the crash happened yesterday morning. autopsies will be done today on the two amtrak workers who were killed in the collision. they were on a backhoe working along the live tracks when the train hit them. strong thunderstorms may be to blame for the fire that destroyed a historic church in cumberland county. skyforce 10 was over the mount pleasant united methodist church in millville. police tell us high winds yesterday morning knocked down a tree which brought down power lines that may have sparked the fire. nbc 10 was also at ground level as firefighters put out some hot spots there. we're told fire crews were able to save the church's social hall. no one was hurt. investigators are looking for the official cause of that fire. well, today, the head of nato visits the white house. president obama will host
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secretary general yen saltonburg. turning now to decision 2016. nbc news has learned that the presidential campaigns of both donald trump and ted cruz are working to block rival john kasich from the ballot at the republican national convention. this latest report suggests the two leading gop candidates are preparing for a contested convention in cleveland this july. trump spoke about kasich while campaigning in milwaukee yesterday. >> kasich shouldn't be allowed to continue and the rnc shouldn't allow him to continue. and kasich has more of an impact on me than he does cruz. >> as for kasich, he said he hopes there will be a contested republican convention. here's how the republican race stands heading into tomorrow's wisconsin primary. trump leads with 749 delegates.
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he's followed by ted cruz with 468. kasich is in third with 143. 1,237 delegates are needed to win the gop nomination. in the democratic race for the white house, front-runner hillary clinton will campaign in philadelphia this wednesday. her visit comes just a few weeks before the pennsylvania primary on april 26th. now on "meet the press" here on nbc 10 yesterday, clinton criticized her rival bernie sanders about holding up plans for their next debate. >> we've offered dates and we've done it over the last several weeks. so we've been trying to figure out when we could do this. there's a lot to talk about. my campaign has been really trying to get a time that senator sanders campaign would agree with. >> the sanders camp denied stalling on the debate issue. yesterday he was talking like a general election candidate. listen. >> the democrats want to make sure that a donald trump does
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not end up in the white house which would be an unmitigated disaster for your country. you are looking at the strongest democratic candidate. >> sanders also repeated his criticism of hillary clinton for not releasing transcripts of her speeches to wall street. be sure you have the nbc 10 app. we have an entire section devoted to decision 2016, including the updated delegate count and news about each candidate. it is 4:18. the countdown is on to villanova's march to victory. we hope. the wildcats epic blowout win in the final four saturday is one for the history books. nova is ready for tonight's championship game against north carolina in houston. the seniors know it's their last game as wildcats and they want to make it count. >> it's the last possible game it can happen. >> we all know it's our last
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game. >> we've been here for four years. this is really my first year playing. it's amazing. they deserve the world. >> villanova's all-time tournament record against north carolina is 1-5. but that lone victory came during the wildcats title run back in 1985. villanova coach jay wright has some new hardware to display. yesterday he was named the naismith national coach of the year for the second time. wright will be looking for a bigger trophy tonight. in the next half hour you'll hear from coach wright. this video shows just how powerful the winds were yesterday morning. a trailer was actually picked up and tossed on its side. this happened right on the hammonds farm in dennisville, cape may county. several other structures on the property were also çdamaged. that was just a piece of the storms that hit the east coast and midwest yesterday. winds gust over 50 miles an hour in our area, bringing down trees and leaving thousands without
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power. in massachusetts, two people were killed after a tree fell on their car, trapping them inside. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we won't see winds as trong as over the weekend but a steady breeze is already blowing. it's a southwesterly breeze. we'll see a warmup during the day. 4:20, the temperatures have come down. it's 42 degrees in philadelphia. that's one degree cooler than yesterday and we're watching for some snowflakes in the pocono mountains. this is a view from camelback. light scattered snow showers for cam camelback. temperatures in the 20s. we will see light accumulation in the pocono mountains. you may see snow flakes this morning. first thing in allentown, it won't be sticking there, it's just too warm. here's the camelback area. it's steadier to the north. you'll still see scattered
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showers farther to the south, allentown, a few snow flakes there, moving through reading it's a mix of rain and some light snowflakes. some of those not even reaching the ground. it's falling into some drier air. the snow will get out of the picture. then rain will be likely to move in as we go into the later morning hours. more likely this afternoon. this is 9:00 this morning. futurecast showing 50 degrees in philadelphia with some very light rain showers from lancaster county into northern chester county, montgomery, bucks and into northern new jersey. that line fizzles out but look at the rain developing by lunch time today, farther north and west. look at the warmup, too. 61 degrees in philadelphia, wilmington, millville, dover, while it's in the 40s in allentown. a big range of temperatures today. here comes the rain. this is 3:00 this afternoon. steadier rain in the pennsylvania suburbs. 65 in philadelphia and wilmington and a bit warmer toms river at 67 degrees.
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that rain moves in, cools things down for the afternoon commute. looks like it will be a rainy one. only rain and then it will move through during the evening hours and start to move out overnight tonight. but then colder air arrives. we'll track that with the seven-day forecast coming up in the next half hour. katy? >> all right, bill, thank you so much. 4:22 and if you're getting out on the roads we have a look at 422, right? >> that's like the third time this has happened. i think that's a big coincidence. we're watching 422 around trooper road, construction cleared out of the way. we did have a lane lost in both directions with police activity as well around trooper road. now we're back in business. route 23 to this point, watch for lane restrictions as well, as they clean up that construction project. touching on mass transit, we're experiencing at least up to 30-minute delays for septa, wilmington, newark line is running on regular weekday service. starting again this morning. we still will see some of the
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delays. they are sharing tracks with amtrak, tracks two and three are out of service. one and four will be being shared. that's part of the delay also. some additional details. outbound trains from center city will operate from 30th street to university and the next stop will be markets hook. no outbond from darby stationço highland station. >> jessica, thank you. it is 4:23 and 43 degrees in the philadelphia area. there's a search for answers happening in delaware county. what was a railroad maintenance crew doing working on live tracks? coming up in just a few minutes, we talk to a train safety expert about what may have gone wrong. plus, pileup after the flyers game. that's what happened. next, new information about this faulty escalator at the wells fargo center that sent fans tumbling.
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welcome back. 4:26 and happening today, health officials are trying to stomp out the zika virus as we quickly approach mosquito season. the new jersey department of health is spearheading a campaign to educate people about the risk of the zika virus. the zap zika campaign heads to vineland, cumberland county today. officials will hold a bilingual presentation at the community health center on west sherman avenue. and we have new information on that faulty escalator at the wells fargo center. you're looking at video from saturday when the moves stairs suddenly sped çup, throwing dozens of flyers fans who were leaving the arena.
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no one was hurt, amazingly in that. the spokesperson called the escalator problem a malfunction. he said it was back in service and running normally during the rihanna concert last night. in pittsburgh, the flyers missed a chance to pad their lead for a final playoff spot. the penguins blasted the flyers, 6-2. the flyers visit detroit on wednesday. and today is opening day for the phillies. the team will begin the season in cincinnati later today. manager pete mccannen told comcast sports net the fans should get on board with these phils. >> the fans want to see us win. i hope that they have that same enthusiasm when we're going through a little stretch where we're not winning games, they'll be able to tell that we're really playing hard. i'd like to be the type of fan that when we get back to where we are supposed to be and we
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know we're going to be, that they said, i knew it, i could have told you that when they weren't playing well. >> jeremy hellickson is your opening day starting pitcher. comcast sports net will broadcast the game this afternoon at 4:05. one week from today, phillies return to citizens bank park for their home opener. we have all the bases covered. the pregame show on april 11th begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by "first pitch" at 3:00, all right here on nbc 10. deadly derailment. next, we take you back to the scene of this crash in delaware county as crews look for answers and work to restore service for the morning rush. villanova championship bound. we're live in houston so you don't miss a second of it. nova nation, philly pride, tonight at 7:00 p.m. rally behind the hometown team as they prepare to make history.
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