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tonight, deadly train disaster. a speeding commuter train crashes into a station at rush hour. the painic 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? >> what drove a 14-year-old to allegedly go on a shooting rampage at a school playground? tonight the 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, why experts worry more
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 stop as it reached the end of the line, smashing into a barrier at high speed and into the station itself. one personas killed and mor than a hundred were?c injured. some second half 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
casualties. >> reporter: a violent thundering crash suddenly exploded through the morning rush in hoboken as new jersey transit train 1614 came scream sbog 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 shrieks. you know, loud, loud shrieks. people just screaming 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, a local mother, was killed by styling on the platform. more than a hundred other 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: 13,000 commuters go through
their way to and from work in new york. 1614 left at 7:23 a.m. and scheduled to arrive in hoboken at 8:38. but rather than approach 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, black box and hoping to talk to the train's engineer. >> 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.
nothing in his background that would raise any red flags, either with his employer, or for that 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. >> 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 as our miguel almaguer explains, critics are calling for much more to be done to protect train paengers. >> reporter: lessons learned. yr phadelph, eight dead and moren0 injured, a train traveling at speeds exceeding a hundred miles an hour. >> in chatsworth, california, 25 lots their lives, 135 hurt, when a commuter train slammed head on io a freight train 08.
perts say could have been prevented with pove train control, or c. yearyear, 'r toen continue to see accidents that could have been prevented by ptc. ?x >> reporter: the advancra syst is designed to aumatically stop a train before certain accidents, like those caused by speeding or endi 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,he ways to maximize your safety. experts say, whenever possible, right in the center of a train, so there's less impact from collision. and also, face the fear. 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 metro link history. he was seated in the first car. >> i always sit in the
safest place. >> reporter: train travel is still among the safest ways to commute. but tonight there are mo quest onow 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 algedly killed his own father at another nearby scene. now, as our gabe gutierrez tells us, police are trying to remember did what may haveriven him to commit such h violence. >> 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 emotiol fire chief described how he along with a volunteer firefighter brushed to
wounded, including critically injured jacob hall, while the unarmed brock took off after the suspect. >> 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. >> reporter:onight the suspected family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless action sf oays o son. firstoliceay en shot and ki his father, jeffrey osborn 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 playground. a teacher was hit in
protect them. >> reporter: administrators are crediting repeated active shooting drills with saving lives. 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 the cewappevenfter wa the to wit it all. jo ling kent has more for us tonight. >> repter: wells fargo employees say the pressure to cell was unbearable. >> we were led by intimidation. >> julie was a branch manager in allentown, pennsylvaniae, onc recognized by ceo john stumpf himself but later fired for failgo mee aggressive sales goals. h >> weven checking accountsnd2 product solutions for my branch a day.
believes stumpf should resign and came to washington to see him in the hot seat. >> asou 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 other customers? yes or no? >> in some cases, they did. >> reporter: no criminal charges have been filed, butls million settlement. today stumpf revealing 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 eve month. >> reporter: today the
its aggressive sales goals on saturday, that's three months ahead of schedule, but lawmakers say that's not enough. jo ling kent, nbc news, washington. some 20 million people under flood alerts up and down the east coast. in north carolina, ten inches of rain fell in some areas. and rescuers went door to door saving people who were stranded. the threat continues into the night. thec ree inches or more to fall all the way up to pennsylvania. the weekend is expected to be a wet onucf ore rnow poli, wre it got even more pernal today between donald trump and hillary clinton, with bill clinton now emerging as fai game in the trump playbook. then there was gary johnson, the third-party cand ate and the tough time he had last night. we get more tonight fr 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
>> what's your response today? >> he can run his campaign however he 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 way reporter, pressed on the strategy of dredging up the clinton's history. >> why would that clinton anyway? >> well, you'll have to figure that out. i think it's pretty simple to figure that 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 from 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
>> who's your favorite foreign leader? >> who is my favorite -- >> just anywhere in the country, any of the continents, name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. anybody. name a foreign leader th you respect. >> i guess i'm having an aleppo moment. >> i'm giving you the whole world. >> the former president of mexico. >> which one? >> i'm having a brain -- >> name and this gaffe could help that along, that's great news for hillary clinton. >> 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? >> thank you, kristen. now to an nbc news investigation into what's being called a secret campaign to influence america's
have come under attack by hackers andas numbers news senior 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 hook and donald trump. they indicate the.s. between the u.s. 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 understandus mischief is russia u to in connection with our election. >> reporter: nbc news has also learned from a senior u.s. ince soue that inside a secure briefing room this summer, admiral
director of the national security agency toll the congressional 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 diane feinstein and adam schif issued their own warnings. we have the russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort 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
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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 else. [ laughter ] >> reporter: it all gives new meaning to the old saying, there's nothing on tv. harry smith, nbc jackson, wyoming. >> almost as fun as tc ng 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
>> charles: two girls in brown deer rushed to the hospital after being attacked by dogs. this is happening near 48 48th and dean. >> shannon: that's where we find ricky mitchell with the latest. >> reporter: the last brown deer policeff scene 15 minutes ago. i can tell you we believe the incident happened in the front lawn of this brick house. it's unclear if that house had anything to do with it or if it happened in their front lawn. we have video from chopper 4 earlier today showing this scene. as you said, two teen girls, according to police, were attacked by two dogs in this neighborhood. we know it happened about 4:30 this afternoon. according to police who responded to the scene they were
that had been shot. they didn't know what the condition was of those dogs. as far as they knew, when police called them the dogs were still alive. when we were here on scene, when we saw them taken away it was hard to tell what the condition was of the dogs. when they were called to the scene, the dogs were still an i have look. we're waiting to see an update on the dog's condition. we know the girls were taken to children's hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. and that's where they are right now. if we learn any additional information, we will be sure to updateou >>porting live in brown deer. harles: thanks. we'll have more updates on "live at 10". and for the latest head to our website tmj4.com. >> shannon: also breaking, it's the case that shook milwaukee to its core after a three-day trial a jury finds the murder suspect of a 5-year-old girl, laylah petersen guilty. it didn't take the jury long to deliver their verdict. >> charles: veronica macias is live where the trial just ended