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at 5:00. p thank you for joining us. we will see welcome to "world news." tonight, off the rails. the deadly train accident as this holiday weekend comes to a terrifying end. tonight, federal investigators on the scene. the passengers who escaped. the neighbors who heard it all. >> i was getting ready for church and i heard a loud boom boom boom. >> train cars nearly landing in the river. we're on the scene tonight. and then, the highway horror this sunday. the pileup. more than 70 cars losing control. colliding on an icy highway. dozens rushed to the hospital. abc meteorologist ginger zee on the freezing rain that led to it all. a fallen star. remembering actor paul walker. from child star to "fast & furious." tonight, the last images of him seen alive. and, the voice. perhaps you've seen that incredible play this weekend. but did you hear this voice? >> there goes davis! >> oh my gosh! >> davis is going to run it all the way back.
>> the hometown announcer jumping out of his seat. we track him down tonight. does he still have a voice? >> auburn's going to win the football game! holy cow! oh my god! good evening. thanks for joining us here tonight. and as you can see, it was a terrifying sunday for passengerers onboard this train, just outside new york city, when it came barrelling off the tracks. you can see some of the train cars just barely missing the river. not everyone survived this crash. the injured rushed to new york hospitals. and take a look at this tonight. video coming in, shot by a passenger from another train. one of the first to drive by the accident site. you can see the cars there toppled on their side. some of those train cars rolling over, windows smashing, passengers thrown from their seats. first responders rushing to the scene, searching for survivors. some climbing out of the wreckage themselves. emergency teams carrying some of the bodies out. and quickly getting to the injured. some of them critical.
they had almost made it to where they were going, new york city's grand central station. the train accident just outside manhattan. and that's where we begin with abc's gio benitez on the scene for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as the mangled commuter train sits just feet from the river, the search for clues is on. what caused this morning's dramatic derailment that killed four and injured more than 60 others? that video from a passing train showing those cars on their sides. >> by the time i looked up, it was completely going off its track and there was just, like, the rubbles from under my tracks, like, flying at my face. >> reporter: survivors say many passengers were asleep when the crash happened. like ryan kelly, who fractured his hand. >> it was the speed of the car when i kind of woke up and felt it tilting a little bit. and by the time i realized what was going on, everyone was getting thrown around. >> reporter: everyone around you, were they okay? >> everyone in my car was all right, except for one woman, who was pinned between two seats. >> reporter: it was 5:54 a.m. the metro north express train left poughkeepsie for new york's
grand central terminal. at 7:20 a.m., traveling southbound, the train approached a large curve, and that's when it derailed. >> train's pretty beat up. the train flipped to some degree. some of them righted themselves after they flipped. but there was substantial damage inside. >> reporter: passengers describe the train as speeding at the curve. though, we don't yet know if it was going faster than usual. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened. with the intent of preventing it from happening again. >> reporter: multiple reports suggest the train operator tried to apply the brakes, but they did not work. officials have not confirmed that. new york governor andrew cuomo touring the scene of the crash, tweeting this photo. >> i want to thank all the first responders who have been heroic all day long. >> reporter: police commissioner ray kelly right there, too, as all those people were rushed to the hospital. for people who use the train every day, what do you say to them? >> the systems are safe. just based on sheer volume, sometimes accidents happen.
but in terms of the specific cause here, that's going have to be determined by a full investigation. >> so many passengers that ride those rails looking for reassurance. gio, back with us live now. and federal investigators still at the scene? >> reporter: that's right, david. you can see them down there right now, searching for clues. you can bet, they're going to be there all night long. by the way, david, overnight, cranes will be moving in to start clearing that wreckage. >> bringing in those large cranes. gio benitez leading us off. gio, thank you. neighbors describing the crunch, the screeching when that train went off the tracks. here's just some of what we heard today. >> it woke me up. i heard it from on the top of the hill. and i come down here, it's devastating. i just heard, like, a screeching noise, you know? like a subway car, like that. and then, within seconds, the ambulance and the fire trucks started coming past my window and i knew something big happened. >> a big boom. it woke me, so -- this is a bad curve. definitely.
>> people lying down in the -- on the ground, dead. they just came home from just being with family for their thanksgiving and now they're just dead. and it's -- it's just so sad. it's just so sad. >> just some of what they saw and heard outside new york city this morning. much more on "gma" in the morning. and now to a frightening scene playing out in new england, as families were heading home on the highway. freezing rain leading to treacherous driving and to a chain reaction pileup. some 70 cars and many injuries. here's abc meteorologist ginger zee tonight. >> reporter: wrecked on the holiday hustle home. 70 vehicles piling up near worcester, massachusetts. a thin layer of freezing rain coating the highway. tractor trailers crushing cars. vehicles nearly pancaked underneath this truck. the accident injuring at least 35 people. >> extremely surprised that nobody was killed. i've never seen anything of this magnitude. >> reporter: and look at this. a passenger on the eastbound lanes witnessing that fresh
pileup. you can see the people being rescued. and it's all happening on what is always one of the busiest weekends of the year. almost 39 million people traveling on the roads. >> and ginger with us now. you always say that surface can change in an instant. in the meantime, as we start another week, the trouble spot out in the northwest. >> reporter: yes. and this is where we first have to look at the snow and then the rain. and, of course, there will be a mix in the middle. here is what we're looking at. almost two feet of snow. look at the numbers here. jackson, wyoming, great for skiers, but anybody on the lower roads, not so good. even in seattle, you could see a snowflake mixing in with the rain. i want to show you the rain. because that's huge. we have flood watches from portland up -- actually, just in parts of washington state and oregon, but still, big numbers coming at you tonight through tomorrow. >> and this extends south? >> reporter: yes. the arctic blast really gets started. i put this on wednesday through friday. friday, high temperatures, yes, that's a high of 2 in helena and only 48 in phoenix.
>> all right, ginger zee, thank you, as always. we're going to turn now to the shocking news from hollywood this weekend. actor paul walker, who began acting as a child, then starring in the "fast & furious" films, dying in a car crash. tonight, the last image of him alive, and his fellow actors now paying tribute. abc's cecilia vega, from the scene tonight. >> reporter: just minutes after actor paul walker, known for his role in the blockbuster hits "fast & furious" and his friend, pro racer roger rodas, drove off -- this. when rescue crews arrived, the fire ball was still burning. witnesses tried to put the fire out, too. it was too late. both men were pronounced dead at the scene. >> there was nothing. we tried. we went through fire extinguishers. >> reporter: the red porsche so mangled, it was unrecognizable. the pole it hit, bent in two. carried away this afternoon, part of an investigation that is still under way. on saturday, the 40-year-old actor attended a toy drive and car show. his 15-year-old daughter and
rodas' son were there, too. here's walker looking at that porsche in one of his last known photos. friend jim torpe spoke to both men before they crashed, just a few blocks away from the charity event in a car that can reach up to 240 miles an hour. he's a professional driver. >> he's a professional driver. >> reporter: this is not his fist time driving a car like this. >> right. that's why i'm shocked. >> reporter: this is the spot where the crash happened. and take a look at this. police tell us the impact was so great, a chunk of the car flew all the way from here, into that building, breaking that window. walker was on a break filming "fast & furious 7." "fast & furious" co-star tyrese gibson was among those who came to the crash scene to grieve today, as stunned friends and fans tried to make sense of the death of an actor that tragically mirrors the movies he made. what was the last thing you heard paul say? >> "i'll be right back." that was the last thing paul said. >> reporter: and this memorial has been growing in size all day. paul walker fans showing up, many of them driving here in their high end sports cars to pay their respects.
as for that "fast & furious" sequel, david, it is now reportedly facing a delay in production. >> all right, cecilia, thank you. now to washington, where the troubled health care website relaunched at midnight. no big announcement from the white house, and they want it that way. abc's senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny logging in tonight. >> reporter: hundreds of software fixes and more than $600 million later, government officials say the site's now working more than 90% of the time. up from 40% when it began. >> the bottom line, healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: there's now a virtual waiting room. if it's too busy, you'll receive an e-mail when it's less crowded. a lower error rate. and enough capacity for 50,000 people at once. now, one of the first things we're noticing when we logon to the new health care website, is speed. back in october, it could take eight seconds to logon to a simple page. that's not the case today.
but a question is, demand. the white house is easing into the relaunch. trying to keep a flood of people from crashing the system. >> this has been a rough period. by the end of march, most people think you'd have 7, 8 million people registered for health care. >> reporter: that goal won't be reached unless the pace of enrollment increases dramatically. as president obama told abc's barbara walters, his legacy may depend on it. >> the good thing about when you're done, usually, you've got nowhere to go but up. >> reporter: the next big deadline here at the white house is december 23rd. that's when people must enroll if they want coverage by early next year. but david, one top administration official tells me tonight, "our fingers are crossed." >> fingers crossed. jeff zeleny at the white house, thank you. now to the economy, and the numbers are in tonight. more than 141 million americans went shopping this thanksgiving holiday weekend. that's up 2 million from last year. and this even, many preparing for some big deals tomorrow. it is cyber monday. here's abc's business correspondent rebecca jarvis now. >> reporter: holiday shoppers
flooded retail stores, chasing those holiday deals. >> i'm in! >> reporter: all told, americans will likely spend $57.4 billion over the four-day weekend. shoppers spent nearly $10 billion in stores on black friday, but industry analysts say the number is down 13%, as compared to last year on the same day. part of that drop, because more stores than ever opened their doors on thanksgiving thursday, and more people than ever, 47 million, shopped. >> this is perfect. it has 100 pieces for ten bucks. you can't beat that. >> reporter: but combined, spending between thursday and friday amounted to over $12 billion, a 2.3% increase as compared to last year. and some of those same retailers who threw open their doors early on thursday -- >> hey! >> reporter: also helped tech savvy consumers by pushing deals through their mobile apps. and for those that missed this weekend's bargains, there's still tomorrow. >> ah, yes. if you are a big shopper, there
is always tomorrow. and tomorrow, you don't even have to leave the house. >> reporter: there is always another sale, if we've learned anything, david. and tomorrow is cyber monday. americans expected to spend $1.8 billion online. a number of retailers are rolling out great deals. you want to check with them. but amazon's got a new deal every ten minutes. target has a buy one, get one 60% off deal. and then macy's, if you enter the code "sicybe"cyber," you ge shipping on their website. >> all right, enter the code. tracking shopping, you are tracking the markets, as well. we wanted to show the viewers. another up week last week. we start tomorrow around 16,000 points. look at the snapshot for the year. up all year long as we head into a new month and people are hoping december will continue the trend. >> reporter: absolutely hoping that december will continue the trend. there are a lot of people out there who are not feeling as resilient right now. they're cutting back a little bit on holiday spending. but if you are lucky enough to have that 401(k), that retirement savings, you have now seen your stocks go up double digits this year, and you'll most likely end on a much more optimistic note than you began 2013. >> all right, let's hope so.
rebecca, thanks for being here tonight. overseas now, and to the pleas being sent from america to free a veteran from the korean war, being held in north korea. now the white house is pushing for his release, too. and here's abc's susan saulny. >> so, i ask -- >> reporter: in this north korean videotape, captive american tourist merrill newman is seen for the first time in nearly five weeks. reading from an awkwardly phrased text, newman, an 85-year-old retired finance executive from california, appears to be apologizing for what he calls hostile acts against the communist north korean. >> that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda about dprk. >> reporter: newman had been an infantry officer in the korean war, a soldier, like the troops them moralized here. his friends and family said a lifelong dream had been to return to the land where he fought as a young man, this time, on a sightseeing tour. soldiers who fought alongside newman told the news agency reuters that half a century ago
he helped coordinate some of the most daring missions of the korean war -- a conflict the north koreans still see as ongoing, since no peace treaty was ever signed. newman was about to return home, when a government official took him off a plane without explanation. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy officials visited newman yesterday and said he is in good health. this weekend, as vice president biden prepares for a trip to asia, the obama administration weighed in for the first time, urging the north koreans to release newman, given his advanced age and health conditions. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> reporter: the newman family, hoping to have him home before the new year. susan saulny, abc news, washington. >> susan, thank you. and back in washington tonight, the national zoo's new female panda finally has a name. the public voting online for the name bao bao, which means treasure or precious in chinese. that name getting 123,000 votes.
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finally tonight, a thanksgiving weekend to remember for one group of women, who, as you can see right here behind me, dove head first into the holiday. setting a record in a hurry. 165 miles per hour, in fact. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: these 63 women are about to set a world skydiving record. this is not your traditional jump, flying on your belly. these women, ranging from 20 to 53 years old, are doing a super fast, super dangerous sport known as free-flying. the largest all female formation ever. >> it's vertical skydiving, so we're on our heads while we're in freefall. >> reporter: yes, they are upside down, hurtling head first towards the arizona desert at 165 miles per hour. in freefall, for a minute and a half, using their legs and feet as rudders to steer themselves into this flower shape. >> all 63 women have to do exactly their job.
>> reporter: the women say it's like standing in a hurricane. nearly impossible to move. then comes the most dangerous part of the jump. the divers, many of them nonprofessional, many of them mothers, break from formation in three ways. each diver must turn themselves 180 degrees in horizontal position, flying to a place where they have enough space to open their parachute. >> something that no one has ever, ever done. >> reporter: 63 daring women now in the history books. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> in the record books and they deserve it. "good morning america" with robin and george first thing in the morning. diane sawyer right back here tomorrow night. from all of us at abc news, have a good evening. good night.
after a beautiful holiday weekend, a cold snap is coming. good evening. thanks for joining us. let's get right to the meteorologist for a look at th changes ahead. >> yesterday's temperatures in the 60s and 70s above where we should be for this time of year, but live doppler 7 hd, we're going to take you ip to the north coast, and see for yourself.
all the clouds gathering there. that is a frontal system that is poised to bring us a very cold air mass. in fact, you can see on our water vapor map here there's that low. a bunch of cold air moving in our direction, so that cold blast is on the way. it looks like it will be in the north bay tuesday and then the rest of the bay area wednesday, thursday, and friday, and just to give you a sense of just how cold it's going to be, if we could go back to my map, livermore tomorrow only 67. check out tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday. only in the low 50s. a dramatic drop in temperatures. we'll talk more about the forecast coming up. >> all right, lee. thank you. developing news. san francisco police say a man was shot and killed today while trying to sell a video game system. a man was found shot inside a car along bay shore boulevard near gerald avenue. investigators say the victim had an on-line posting to sell the system. the two men around