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why was he approaching this curve at such a high rate of speed? all of that has to be answered. yesterday the ntsb said they want a thorough investigation and talk with the train engineer to see exactly what was going on. and of course you mentioned there are still some people who are unaccounted for. we can't lose sution of all of that. so at that point, this is still a recovery operation here in philadelphia. but a lot of work to be done still. plenty of unanswered questions. we have to stay on top of it and see what developments will happen. we expect ntsb to give us another update today about what they found. don't forget in addition to the speed of the train there was a front facing recorder on board this new locomotive. this is one of amtrak's new sprinter trains and it was equipped with a front forward facing video camera so that should give us more information about what was happening in the moments before the crash. back to you. >> adam tuss live in philadelphia for us, thank you. and at this hour, there are still passengers missing from that derailment as adam
mentioned. very emotional father from maryland said he's angry with amtrak because it cease so low to give him answer -- it's so slow to give him answers about his son. >> he was in the first car, okay. it's turned inside out. they found his phone. his phone they found. but they can't find him or his belongings. >> gildersleeve, jr. boarded that train in baltimore where he lives with his wife and two teenagers. they plan to pass out missing flyers in philadelphia today because they want a sense of closure. >> seven families are making funeral arrangements and i pray to god i'm not number eight. >> he's the vice president of corporate accounts for ecolabs. >> we are learning more information, they are mothers, executives, service members sons and fathers, only five of the seven who died have been
identified. we'll share more of their stories in a minute, but first, we want to check your weather and traffic on the 1s. meteorologist tom kierein begins our coverage of that. >> good morning. when you step out the door you'll be greeted by quite a chill in the air. in fact only in the 40s now and then closer to washington southern montgomery county near 50. and it's in in the mid 40s most of prince george's county and right by the bay, mid 50s. reagan national, 54. and reston now down to just 48 degrees. and by 8:00 this morning should jump back into the low 50s with bright sunshine and by noontime into the mid 60s. then afternoon highs by 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. up around 70 degrees with high clouds drifting in. clouding up and more clouds around likely tomorrow.
i'll have a look at breaking news on the roads early this morning with melissa. >> breaking news on the roads. take a look here, this is 95 southbound at dale city. we have the first 4 traffic tracker on the way. main lanes right now shut down. right now only the access road is being used to get that traffic around this crash. 95 southbound at dale city, could be there for some time. first 4 traffic tracker on the way to the crash right know on dumfries road, no problems there. the other problem, 3rd street tunnel entrance at capitol and 395, it's shut down. overall, up top of the beltway looking pretty good. sang thing when you look -- same thing when you look at prince george's county. back in ten minutes with a look at the crashes so early this morning. he was wonderful. he was absolutely wonderful. everybody looked up to my son. there's no other words i can say. >> families are mourning the loved ones they lost in the
train derailment. two of the people lived in north dakota. >> abid gilani's family lives in rockville. he was here for a funeral earlier this week. he got on train to go back to new york for work. we heard from his wife late last night. >> he was a kind family man and we have suffered a tremendous loss today. >> gilani and his wife had two children. he worked at marriott headquarters in bethesda for several years. naval mid shipman justin zemser was 20 years old. he played football for navy. he also had a 4.0 grade average at the school. zemser was an only child. he was on his way home to new york to see his mother. and 48-year-old jim gaines was headed home to work when the train hit that curve and derailed. he worked for the associated press. he won several awards for helping to create an online network of videos there. and just last night rachel jacobs' family confirmed she
died as well. she had a 2-year-old at her home in new york. jacobs was in philadelphia for a new job as ceo of a company that develops tools for teachers. meanwhile, amtrak says it will have limited service again today. you're encouraged to check with amtrak before you leave for the station. our coverage of the deadly derailment continues including a part of an i-team investigation. why the train in yesterday's accident did not have an automatic slowdown system. and a prince george's county neighborhood on edge and it's all because of this man. why police want parents to be extra vigilant. and looking live outside now
if you recognize this man, prince george's county police want to hear from you. take a look. police are hoping this video will help them identify a man they believe sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. this happened yesterday morning around 7:00 in the morning in forestville. the suspect forced the girl to the ground after she left the elevator in her apartment building. take another look at the man on this video on the app. two are accused of looting and we're learning that the maryland department of public safety acted on a tip.
investigators say there is video that shows tamekka cobb and kendra richard leaving a closed 7/eleven store last month. both are suspected without pay. it is time for weather and traffic on the 1s. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with another cool start to your day. just 55 outside right now tom. >> yeah time to hunt for your spring jacket again. we should springing back to spring with morning cool, fresh temperatures in the 40s and 50s and you'll need your sunglasses as well. we'll have bright sunshine through much of the day. at the bus stop awaiting for the metro this morning, you'll be happy you had that jacket on. near 40s and 50s between 7:00 and 8:00. and should be jumping into the 50s with lots of sunshine. a few high clouds drifting through. keep up with the weather whenever you're away with the storm team 4 weather app. get it in the itunes or google play. next up a look at our weekend storm chances and now a look at
breaking news on the roads this thursday morning. here's melissa. >> breaking news on the roads again this morning. we are talking about 95 southbound in virginia there at dale city. you can see right now the main lanes are blocked. traffic being pushed on to this access road and we are pushing this out on our nbc washington app as well. southbound at dale city, you're blocked right there. right now, first 4 traffic tracker headed to that crash here on dumfries road headed down to 95. get a better idea of what's happening. with we'll share that with you. then the d.c. police say that tunnel crash has cleared up. that's good news. westbound new york avenue, brand new crash between fenwick street and kendall street. all lanes are blocked. wide look at things overall the beltway inner and outer loop, everything is rolling along just fine. no problems and a lot of the earlier construction has cleared out of the way now that we are approaching the 5:00 hour.
4:43 is your time. right now people are still missing in the deadly train derailment in philadelphia. the train's data recorder showed the train was traveling over 100 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone before it flew off the tracks. the attorney for the amtrak engineer at the controls says his client doesn't remember what happened. seven people died. amtrak is running on a modified service today. we're learning more about the engineer at the controls when it
derailed. police have asked brandon bostian to undergo a blood test and give up his cell phone. bostian's attorney says he's agreed to both. according to his linked in page he has been with amtrak since 2006. and became an engineer in 2010. police say he would not give a statement after the crash and left the police station with a lawyer. the ntsb says it will give bostian a day or two before they interview him. and it was just yesterday, eun, that house republicans voted to move ahead with a plan to cut funding for amtrak. it's part of a massive transportation funding bill that's being debated along party lines now. many democrats say cutting amtrak funding is the worst move movemove move -- is the wrong move if the country wants safer train travel. edward lawrence with another look. >> reporter: this is going to be another fight. amtrak is going to deal with deep budget cuts in the wake of this derailment investigation. now members of a house panel
for appropriations voted to cut amtrak's budget. if this cut holds, amtrak will get $1 billion less than what the president earmarked for his budget. now the vote went down party lines. republicans say you can't tie amtrak funding to the derailment and we have to live with the money that's available. democrats say the infrastructure is a priority and should get the money it needs. the transportation part of the budget is one of the biggest being considered. now that's one of the reasons this is getting a lot of debate. now, if amtrak's budget passes as is, the rail system would get $1 billion to use across the entire system. now congress only has about 18 days left or exactly 18 days left to pass the transportation and highway projects to reauthorize the funding for those. reporting live in washington, edward lawrence. now back to you. >> thank you. the news4 i-team is looking into one of the key factors, one of the automatic systems that could have automatically slowed
it down. it slows down in areas where the speed limit is restricted and the ntsb says it may have saved lives if it existed where this derailment happened. >> positive train control is designed to prevent derailments due to speeding. this is the type of accident that it should prevent. it's designed to do that. >> congress mandated positive train control after a crash between a freight train and commuter train in california in 2008. it is used on part of amtrak's northeast corridor but again not in that section of the derailment in philly. new this morning it was a close call for five firefighters after being pulled from a house fire in montgomery county. this is megan mcgrath with more on what we know about this. good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning aaron. pretty tense moments as five firefighters called out a mayday early this morning in this fire on leaks lot way.
you can see the frames traveling across the top of this home. it was really touch and go there for a while. fortunately the firefighters did get out. there was a partial collapse of the roof. that's what caused the scare here earlier in the overnight hours. those five firefighters were able to get out okay. they were taken to the hospital as a precaution and we're told that they don't have any burns or serious injuries. now, the homeowner apparently had a fire going in the fireplace. that caused a chimney fire which then extended to the roof. the roof is made out of wood shingles so once the fire got up into the roof line area, the attic area, it really got going. now, just a short time ago all the firefighters and fire equipment left the scene so the flames are out at this point. but there's extensive damage to the home. estimated at about $800,000. aaron, back to you in the studio. >> megan, thanks. developing story now. a fifth person is charged in
connection to the killings of two police officers in mississippi. franklin is accused of obstruction of justice. five people have been arrested so far. now, today, hattiesburg police officer benjamin deen will be laid to rest. he leaves behind his wife and two children. deen and officer liquori tate were shot last week while making a routine traffic stop in hattiesburg. ♪ hundreds gathered in washington for an emotional tribute to officers who died in the line of duty in the past year. the candlelight vigil is part of national police week. attorney general loretta lynch was among the speakers. she and others made general references to the importance of maintaining a strong bond between police and communities. members of law enforcement told news4 the vigil gave them comfort. they said it felt good to see their everyday efforts are being
appreciated. today president obama heads to camp david for a summit with arab heads of state. the prospect of a nuclear iran is the most critical topic. some arab nations are concerned the nuclear deal could spark an arms race in the middle east. only two of the six nations sent top leaders. the white house is down playing the idea that president obama was snubbed by those not attending. tom brady has until 5:00 to decide whether he will appeal his suspension for deflategate. the nfl suspended him without pay for the first four games of the next season. investigators say he was probably aware that the team employees left some air out of the footballs used for the playoff game in january against the indianapolis colts. disappointment, but no regrets, that was from braden holtby after losing in overtime in game seven. >> holtby was a beast. he's amazing. through the postseason. congrats to him and the rest of
the team. we have a look at how the team's quest for the cup came to an end. >> reporter: good morning. from madison square garden where once again, the caps season has come to an end in new york city. ovechkin guaranteed a win and the new york crowd was not going to let him live that down. but ovi was the first one to score. caps up 1-0. the rangers they tied it up and we go to overtime. off the face-off, a long shot. it's saved but the rebound is put back in by the rangers. they go on to win it 2-1. they take this series four games to three. alex ovechkin struggling for words after the game. >> i don't think we played bad. we gave up everything and, you know, it's -- i don't know what to say about it. it's tough. >> no regrets. we left a lot out there.
i don't think there was any one guy who wasn't committed to winning and you know, it's just life sometimes. you have to keep pushing forward. >> the frustration is now, but the head coach barry trotz said laying a foundation will prove to be successful over the next few seasons. >> you can see that frustration. after about 20 minutes before the caps season came to the end the wizards found themselves in a playoff hole as well. john wall is back on the floor despite having five fractures in one of his hand. he looked good but it wasn't enough. the hawks hit a game-winning shot with less than ten seconds to go. all the games are so exciting. the wizards lost and now trail the hawks three games to two. the next game is tomorrow night
at verizon center. >> what do you do? at the last second, what do you do? >> that's what happened to us the previous game with paul pierce. >> 4:52. tom kierein is here. at least you have some good news to share with folks, right? >> yeah. eun you can go to the corner and reset. >> the caps loss breaks my heart. we were up 3-1 in the series and we were in control. i can't even -- i can't even. >> wonderful about sports, you can never assume. >> you're right. >> look at that crescent moon. hopefully this will make you feel better. showing up in the northeastern sky. we are getting the earlier and earlier daylight now. this morning the sunrise is before 6:00. right now, down to the 40s. winchester is 46. martinsburg 48. hagerstown, 47. closer to washington, look at gaithers town, down to 46.
manassas closer to 48. around the beltway, generally 54 degrees. mid 50s around the bay and the eastern shore. storm team 4 radar not showing any rain anywhere in the vicinity so we've got a dry morning with that clear sky. temperatures will rebound nicely. by the time you're headed back home, temperatures should be in the upper 60s and low 70s. right near 70 in the metro area. upper 60s around the bay. shenandoah valley a beautiful day coming up with temperatures right around 70 degrees. a much lighter wind today than we had yesterday. that wind was really swirling the pollen in the air. it's still high for trees but much lower than it was the last couple of weeks. the grass pollen is now in the moderate range. then tomorrow morning, not quite as chilly. low 50s. partly sunny, into the mid 70s. saturday and sunday, humidity back. highs in the mid 80s on
saturday. maybe an isolated thunderstorm on saturday afternoon. maybe a greater chance on sunday. then on monday maybe a lingering shower or thundershower. and coming up at 5:01 a look at the morning chill hour by hour. breaking news on the roads with melissa. >> breaking news, virginia 95 southbound here at dale city, your main lanes are shut down. we pushed this out on the nbc washington app. take a look at this point this morning, we do have our first 4 traffic tracker heading by this. again, she is 95 southbound approaching this crash. so you can see the huge response here off to the left side of the roadway. those are the main lanes again right now. first 4 traffic tracker is in the access road area. so that is your biggest problem here this morning. 95 southbound as you're headed through dale city. going to have some issues because of those lanes shut down. we'll have more on this of course all morning long. wide look at things overall, no major problems there.
on the beltway, 270 at montrose road looks good. so does 66 and prince george's county overall no major issues. look at 95 southbound at dale city as we head through this, a very big response there as the first 4 traffic tracker heads southbound. much more on this coming up in a couple of minutes. >> thank you, melissa. the second in charge of the secret service is out. >> why he retired as well as a ne
you're watching "news4 today." >> the icc is in open in both directions after a deadly crash there. leo brooks a montgomery highway services employee died. this happened yesterday between new hampshire avenue and layhill road and the driver of the car is expected to be okay. one of president obama's top secret service agents is retiring following an embarrassing incident. mark connally was second in command on president obama's detail. it comes in the wake of an incident where he and senior supervisor were involved in a car crash on the white house complex in march. a new report on the incident says the two agents were likely impaired by alcohol at the time. the report says the agent spent five hours a bar running up a significant tab that night. both denied being drunk. tonight the two newest members of the council will be sworn into office. brian todd will represent ward 4
and laruby may will represent ward 8. both are tied to muriel bowser. a loan extension is giving metro a life line. metro will announce that they have negotiated an extension on a one of three multimillion dollar loan. all three were due in june. the chief financial officer said metro was existing almost quote paycheck to paycheck. now bank of america will give metro one more year to repay $88 million. that cuts metro's short term debt down to $138 million. stay with us now. "news4 today" continues. >> "news4 today" continues with breaking news. >> the breaking news this morning, we now know the name of another victim on the amtrak train that sped into the curve and flew off the tracks in philadelphia. derrick griffith was among seven people to die in the derailment. a dozen more people are still
missing today. griffith was an acting dean at medgar evers college in new york city. we don't know why he was on the train. he founded a prep school in new york city. that school is closed today as staff members remember him. we're working to learn more about why and how this happened. news4's adam tuss is live in philadelphia following the investigation and he'll join us in a moment. but first the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. >> well, the gusty winds we had yesterday are settling down. there's the flag near union station, live picture there this morning. now the winds are down around 10 to 15 miles per hour. and the temperatures are down as well. frederick down to 43. and it's in the mid 40s from hagerstown through martinsburg and much of shenandoah valley much of 40 degrees. prince george's county and fairfax in the mid to upper 40s. by 8:00 this morning we'll have bright sunshin