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tonight we're on the scene. two major crashes, both deadly on american highways. a rig crossing the immediatemedian smashing head on into a tour bus. while in the south, another bus slamming into the back of a big rig. the images coming in now. the alleged terror plot in boston. new developments tonight. federal authorities now say the suspects were planning to behead police officers. the x ray revealing the weapon. one taken down another arrested. the hurricane growing at this hour. and in the middle of this country, the super cells overhead. tornado threats from denver to kansas city at this hour. new evidence in the case of the family killed. that fire set. tonight, the new discovery on the door of the home. and, breaking their silence. the duggars of "19 kids and counting" talking for the first time about their accused son.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with those two hor horrific crashes today. the first out of eastern pennsylvania. tourists on their way to niagara falls. a tractor trailer crossing the center of the highway, smashing right into the front of the bus. tonight, at least three dead 13 injured, several in critical condition. the windows of the bus shattered. authorities inside there searching for clues. and then late today, word of another deadly accident. this time texas. interstate 10 west of houston. one bus, two tractor trailers at least two killed 30 injured. abc's linsey davis leads us off outside scranton, pennsylvania, tonight. >> reporter: a deadly day on america's highways. first, those images of that horrific scene in eastern pennsylvania. >> tractor trailer versus bus. multiple patients possible. multiple fatalities. >> it was just havoc. people covered in blood, just
mayhem everywhere. >> reporter: the highway littered with debris and this mangled bus, after a fatal crash that left three dead and 13 others injured. traffic gridlocked for hours. >> there was people saying, "get me out! get me out of here!" so me and another guy helped some people down. one lady in specific, i remember, she was gushing blood. >> reporter: just after 10:00 a.m. a tractor trailer traveling southbound on i-380 skidded over the grassy median, slamming into a northbound driving tour bus. the impact so severe it split the trailer in half, sending the cab flying off into the nearby woods. the driver of the tractor trailer somehow managed to survive. >> i just pray for the people you know i pray for the families and the souls that were lost, man, it's a tragedy. >> reporter: and those pictures of authorities combing through the tour bus, its windows shattered. the bus, full of italian tourists headed to niagara falls. some of them airlifted to nearby hospitals. and that similar scene playing
out just outside of houston, where two people were killed and 30 people injured in another crash this afternoon involving a passenger bus and two tractor trailers. the crash here in pennsylvania closing these northbound lanes for the majority of the day. four people remain in critical condition. david? >> linsey, thank you. we turn to boston tonight. what the suspect might have been planning before he was taken down. the suspect running toward police when they shot him dead. he had been under surveillance. now, we learn what they heard him saying. allegedly talking about this weapon and describing his plot during a cell phone call just hours before this all unfolded. they say he was close to trying to pull this off and was likely inspired by isis. and abc's tom llamas with the conversation intercepted. >> reporter: tonight, we are learning just how close usaama rahim may have been to attacking, even beheading, police officers here in boston. today in court, 25-year-old
david wright rahim's nephew charged with conspiracy. the fbi says wright aided rahim, who was killed by officers yesterday in this boston parking lot. rahim allegedly lunging at members of anti-terror task force with this military-style knife when they tried questioning him. according to the criminal complaint, rahim told wright about the knife in a cell phone conversation allegedly saying, "i just got myself a nice little tool, good for carving." wright later telling rahim something was "like thinking with your head on your chest," as both men laughed. a reference the fbi believes to terrorist propaganda videos, like the ones made by isis. the fbi tracking the men 24/7. they say yesterday, just two hours before he died rahim called wright telling him he was about to go after the boys in blue calling them "the easiest target." agents listening in on the wiretaps felt the threat was imminent and confronted rahim in the parking lot. is there anything you want people to know about your brother?
one of rahim's brothers did not want to comment today, but yesterday, another brother claimed rahim was shot in the back while on a cell phone. in an effort to be transparent, police showed surveillance video of rahim's deadly confrontation to about two dozen civic and religious leaders. some who knew rahim. >> the individual was not on the cell phone. the individual was not shot in the back. >> reporter: and david, tonight, we know why agents considered rahim armed and dangerous. they say they intercepted a package sent to him home. they x-rayed it and when they looked inside there was that military knife. david? >> tom llamas in boston. tom, thank you. we're watching two major weather headlines tonight. a hurricane growing. and 10 million americans from denver to kansas city under tornado threats. tornado watches in at least three states now. flash flood watches in the plains. and look at this super cell in north dakota. buckets of hail. the images coming in from tennessee. just incredible. and we're watching that hurricane, powering up tonight in the pacific. headed toward some popular vacation spots. let's get right to rob marciano
here tracking the watches up right now. >> reporter: the tornado watch is a big one. take a look. it includes denver. up through 9:00 mountain time in through much of wyoming. storms will fire up along the front. expands east towards lincoln and omaha, nebraska. same storm zone for the third day in a row. let's talk about a different storm, hurricane blanca. a major storm. category 5 -- four for now. could become a five in the next few hours. and weakening somewhat but a hurricane strike likely on sunday for cabo san lucas. >> that is a beast right now. rob, thank you. now, to new numbers tonight, and they are eye opening when it comes to that anthrax scare. more samples sent out than thought. the pentagon sending out live anthrax by mistake from one base in utah. tonight comes word samples sent to nearly twice as many states, 17 now. let's get right to abc's seen
your justice correspondent pierre thomas in washington. 51 labs now instead of 18 as we first thought? >> reporter: david, that's right. 51 laboratories and that number could go even higher as the pentagon looks at shipments dating back to 2006. officials suspect that the radiation process that was supposed to kill the live an tlak spores did not work. today, defense department officials demonstrated how anthrax samples were shipped by fedex. vials of anthrax placed in sandwich bags, put in plastic containers and stored in boxes with dry ice and sent on their way. shipping they insist, was safe. >> making the case it was safe. in the meantime pierre how many people are on antibiotics at a precaution? >> reporter: so far, nobody is showing signs of infection. 31 people now protectively on antibiotics. eight civilians and 23 d.o.d. employees. they are confident there were not enough live spores to make anyone sick. >> pierre thomas, thank you. also tonight, from washington a crucial new piece of evidence in the case of that
family killed their home set on fire. investigators now focusing on this image right here. a footprint on a door to the home. they are also tonight searching for the family's cell phones that they say were taken from the home. abc's ryan smith back on the case tonight. >> reporter: tonight, chilling new details about the quadruple homicide and fire at this d.c. majs nearly three weeks ago. police finding suggestions of forced entry. the door is broken near the lock and has a single broken window pane located next to a door latch, according to a search warrant. now, police trying to match that print to suspect daron wint or others looking for shoes with similar tread patterns. as for the cars wint and others were in when he was arrested police searching them for clothing or shoes containing blood. and duct tape or material to bind hands and feet. and more new clues in those
search warrants ss indicating police are looking for other suspects. the cell phones of savvas and amy savopoulos and housekeeper verve lee figueroa were all miss missing after the fire. >> and ryan is with us now. you reported extensively on the dna picked up on the pizza. has there been any other dna uncovered? >> reporter: sources familiar tell us that authorities have far more than just a pizza crust found at the scene to tie him to the crime. they are trying to find a link between wint's shoes and clothes and the victims, david. >> ryan smith, thank you. to china, and new developments on that capsized ferry. last night, we showed you the rescuers tapping on the hull listening inside for signs of life. tonight, cutting into the hull. divers searching the wreckage. a risky operation, letting the oxygen escape. as of fonttonight, 14 people rescued, but more than 400 still
missing. for the first time this even we are now seeing the face of the young american woman killed by a lion in a wildlife park in south africa. 29-year-old katherine chappell from new york state, seen here leaving for her trip. we have new details about the 66-year-old tour guide in that car, too, trying to save her, reportedly suffering a heart attack. here's abc's hamish macdonald, there. >> reporter: katherine chappell came to johannesburg to work as a volunteer on wildlife projects. instead, the 29-year-old, with big plans for world travel was killed by one of the animals she so wanted to help. and tonight, in a statement, the tour guide who was in the car with her says they were not ignoring the countless warnings to keep windows closed, but that chappell had "of her own accord, rolled down the passenger window" to take pictures. >> she could have been enticing it, clicking at it, clapping at it. that could have irritated her. >> reporter: the tour guide sustained serious injuryies
fending off the lion even reportedly suffering a heart attack. he claims a park employee then refused to help. abc news tracked down that employee, who says his immediate task was to move the lions away, putting them in the night enclosure, allowing safe passage for paramedics. can you see that? they've got their windows down. tourists here still seem tempted to take some of those risks. abc news understands there are in fact pictures of this attack, taken by other tourists inside the lion camp. that evidence is now in the hands of police. david? >> hamish thank you. and a warning closer to home tonight. yellowstone national park. visitors attacked by buy son there. two attacks in three weeks. bison charging when the visitors tried to get a picture. park officials warning, keep your distance reminding us all that bison can run three times faster than we can. tonight, the duggar family breaking its silence after the stunning allegations involving one of their sons. the stars of the hit reality
show "19 kids and counting," their son accused of sex abuse. tonight, what his parents are now saying. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, these pillars of christian family values speak out for the first time about learning their son was a child molester. >> i think as parents, we felt -- oh, we're failures. >> reporter: jim bob and michelle duggar sitting down with fox news megyn kelly. according to a 2006 police report made public today by "in touch weekly", their oldest son, josh, confessed as a teenager to touching multiple victims inappropriately. one of them, just 5 years old. >> here we tried to raise our kids to do what's right, to know what's right and yet one of our children made some really bad choices. >> reporter: but the parents waited more than a year before reporting the case to authorities. though the report says they had sent him for christian-based counseling. no charges were filed. the statute of limitations, expired.
>> we're the duggars. >> reporter: on their reality show the duggars pride themselves on their family values. >> always resolve your conflicts. >> reporter: but in reality, this family was guarding the darkest of secrets. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thanks. now, to the fiery debate that began in a school cafeteria in colorado making national headlines tonight. a lunch lady decided to give out free lunch to first graders who had no money. some calling it an act of kindness but she lost her job because of it. abc's clayton sandell speaks to her tonight. >> reporter: della curry knew she could be fired. but she did it anyway. >> i was let go for giving away free food. >> reporter: curry says she lost her job at this colorado elementary school for giving a pass to kids who didn't have enough money to pay for lunch. >> i hated to see food thrown away that could have been given to these children that are hungry, that could use it. >> reporter: after three warnings -- >> i would have kids start crying when i told them they didn't have money in their account. >> reporter: district policy
say no, sir more hot meals, just a cheese or turkey sandwich. >> there are kids who are going hungry because they're too embarrassed to get the cheese sandwich so they don't come through the line. >> reporter: the school district says no child ever goes hungry. they won't give much detail about curry's firing, but will say -- >> she was fired for violating the district policy around how food is distributed. if an employee is concerned about a family, then they are obligated to bring that to our attention. >> reporter: curry says she is just beginning to fight against a policy she believes needs to change. >> doing what is right is not what is easy. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news. >> clayton, thank you. and still to come here on "world news tonight" this evening, is your car really safe when lightning strikes? the frantic call to 911. we saw the video last week. tonight here the new case. the car hit, the airbags deploying. but do those rubber tires really protect you? what should you do?
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light blinding light. >> reporter: she walked away without a scratch. her car, not so much. it happens more often than you think. watch again, that lightning strike caught on dash cam in mississippi. this is the same storm that was in tuscaloosa -- and i saw the power of lightning first hand covering storms in alabama. cars are designed to divert lightning around the shell of the car and down to the ground. and while many think rubber car tires protect against lightning strikes, experts say that's just a myth. lightning can melt electrical systems and in some cases cause the car to burst into flames. so how do you protect yourself? experts told us first, pull over on the side of the road and wait the storm out. second don't touch the radio or other electronics while in the car. and third, if you can get in a building, do so. gio bean ne tez, abc news new york. when we come back here tonight, the young actress, the hunt for her escaped stalker. police with new developments coming in tonight. also the police search for
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