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david muir is next. i'm dion lim. >> i'm dan ashley. see you again in half an hour. te come on. te the horror on the highway. the deadly collision. a greyhound bus nearly split into two. a big rig flipping off the highway. firefighters desperately trying to reach survivors. multiple fatalities reported as millions are set to hit the road for the holiday weekend. also breaking tonight, the massive explosion in chicago. the roof of a water plant collapsing. the race today to free workers buried in the rubble. mccain's final flight. his plane touching down tonight in washington, as the services now move to the nation's capitol. the moving memorial today in arizona. joe biden and his emotional tribute to a man he calls his brother. >> we shall not see his like again. also tonight, the new tropical systems we're tracking in the atlantic, heading into
labor day. new reporting involving donald trump, michael cohen and "the national enquirer." did the tabloid have decades worth of dirt on the president, and did he try to buy it all? tonight, the secretly recorded conversation. and tonight, authorities want to know, did you see this doctor? the 23-year-old now facing charges for impersonating a physician, allegedly diagnosing a patient. and how he allegedly gained access to a children's hospital at least seven times. and good evening and thanks for joining us on a very busy thursday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and tonight, we begin with the breaking news. the devastating collision on an american highway. the rescues and images still coming in at this hour. first respondersn the that horrific crash involving a greyhound bus and a semi on interstate 40 in new mexico. authorities say multiple people have died and many are injured. you can see large chunks of both vehicles littering the highway.
greyhound says the bus was headed from albuquerque to phoenix with nearly 50 passengers onboard. abc's clayton sandell leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, a horrific accident triggering a desperate race against time on a new mexico highway to save the injured. officials say at least four passengers on this greyhound bus are dead after the bus, with 48 people onboard and a tractor trailer appear to have collided along interstate 40. >> a semitruck was traveling eastbound on i-40 when it blew out a tire. the semitruck then lost control, crossed over the center median. that semitruck and the bus collided head-on. >> reporter: the front of that bus, completely sheared off. parts of it in pieces. next to it, the tractor trailer, also torn apart, its cap upside down. a former volunteer firefighter driving past the scene and ahead of first responders jumping into action. >> i saw a lot of the people laying on the ground and saw how crushed the bus was.
and just saw a lot of chaos and devastation. >> reporter: rescue workers using ladders to get inside the bus, looking for any injured passengers. more than 40 people rushed to nearby hospitals. the ntsb launching a go team to investigation. the interstate temporarily shut down. traffic backed up as far as the eye can see. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton sandell with those devastating images tonight. all right, clayton, thank you. also developing tonight, the explosion and the desperate rescue effort in chicago. workers trapped by a suspected methane blast at a water plant. at least ten people hurt. firefighters climbing through debris, searching for victims buried deep when the roof collapsed on top of them. abc's alex perez is at the scene tonight. >> reporter: just before 11:00 a.m., an explosion reported at this water purification plant in chicago. a huge portion of the roof collapsing. ten employees buried in the rubble. >> we got a total collapse of the structure. we have multiple victims trapped.
>> reporter: the collapse, authorities suspect, triggered by a buildup of methane gas. a massive response from emergency teams working to free those inside. >> certain areas right now are unsafe to enter due to the structure. >> reporter: teams quickly able to rescue eight employees. 20 minutes after arriving, crews rescue another employee. on a stretcher, he's rushed to medics. but one man remains trapped. his leg, fractured, dangerously pinned underneath all of that heavy debris, unable to move. >> it's a concrete building. concrete walls, concrete roof, concrete i-beams on the ceiling. so, the gentleman that was pinned severely was trapped by the concrete truss. straight down, pancake collapse. >> reporter: some 70 firefighters and rescuers working to burrow through the concrete. some on their hands and knees, others with their ears pressed against the rubble until finally, they are able to reach the remaining employee. >> we tunneled in about 40 feet, six feet below the collapse. we used the equipment that we had. we had to remove some concrete, cut some concrete. we sent two paramedics down. >> reporter: at one point, first
responders fearing they may have to amputate his leg. but after two stressful hours, that man finally brought out alive. >> we see him there on the stretcher. alex perez joins us live now outside that plant. alex, you just mentioned at one point, paramedics had a very tough decision to make with one of those trapped workers, but they were able to pull off that remarkable rescue. >> reporter: tom, that's right. authorities initially thought they would have to amputate that employee's leg, but luckily, that was not the case. they were actually able to get medics inside that space where he was trapped. they got him an iv and were able to prevent him from going into shock. tom? >> alex perez reporting live from chicago tonight. alex, thank you. we turn now to the tributes to an american patriot. the nation honoring the late senator john mccain. an emotional memorial service for senator mccain held in phoenix today. his close friend, vice president joe biden, saying he thought of senator mccain as his brother and that they had, quote, lots of family fights. the senator leaving arizona for the last time.
arriving in washington, d.c. just a short time ago, where he will lie in state in the capitol rotund rotunda. here's abc's senior national correspondent terry moran in phoenix. >> reporter: john mccain's final flight arrived in washington, d.c. this evening, an honor guard waiting. earlier today, they lined the streets and highways of phoenix for one last moment with their late senator. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: at the church where he worshipped for 25 years, john mccain was remembered and celebrated. each speaker reflecting an aspect of his life and his values. larry fitzgerald, the great wide receiver of mccain's beloved arizona cardinals. >> i'm black. he was white. i'm young. he wasn't so young. he celebrated differences. he embraced humanity. >> reporter: and joe biden, a political opponent for so long, but a friend first. >> i always thought of john as a brother.
we had a hell of a lot of family fights. >> reporter: biden praised what he called mccain's ageless code. >> he could not stand the abuse of power. always about basic values, john, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect. >> reporter: and the former vice president saying mccain's fierce patriotism is why his passing has touched such a deep chord across the country. >> i think john believed in us. i think he believed in the american people. to paraphrase shakespeare, "we shall not see his like again." >> reporter: mccain himself chose the music. frank sinatra's "my way." ♪ i did it my way >> reporter: and then, to the airport, and the arizona national guard saluting him for his final flight to washington. >> terry moran joins us now from phoenix. and terry, senator mccain leaving arizona for the last time.
and tomorrow, he will lie in state in washington in the capitol? >> reporter: that's right, tom. john mccain's casket will lie on the same old wooden platform that held abraham lincoln. the public will have one last chance to pay respects under the great dome where he served as a member of the house and senate for 35 years. tom? >> terry moran for us tonight. terry, thank you. and abc news will have live coverage tomorrow morning as senator mccain lies in state at the u.s. capitol. and we will bring you his memorial service at the national cathedral on saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. eastern. and as the nation's capitol embraces the return of senator mccain, president trump tonight leaving washington for a campaign rally in indiana. before taking off, the president addressing his public feud with jeff sessions, telling bloomberg the attorney general's job is safe until at least the midterm elections. the president also railing against the special counsel's russia probe, calling it, quote, an illegal investigation. but tonight, there's news on another front, about "the national enquirer" and decades
worth of sensitive information about the president. here's abc's kyra phillips. >> reporter: he was donald trump's secret weapon. publishing mogul david pecker, whose supermarket tabloids like "the national enquirer" tore into the candidate's rivals. "hillary's failed secret lie detector test!" "hillary's two secret strokes!" "hillary: six months to live!" >> this was a magazine that, frankly, in many respects, should be very respected. >> reporter: sources say pecker told federal investigators he also worked with trump's long-time fixer, michael cohen, to buy and bury the stories of women claiming affairs with the billionaire. and that trump knew about it. one of those women, former playboy playmate karen mcdougal. >> there were real feelings between the two of us. >> reporter: trump has denied the affair, but tonight, there is news "the enquirer" had a lot more dirt on him that just the mcdougal story. "the new york times" reporting the tabloid had been collecting information on the president since the '80s, and that during
the campaign, trump and cohen wanted to buy it all themselves. just weeks before the election, cohen secretly recorded a conversation with trump. and according to "the times," the two men seem to discuss buying "the enquirer's" trump files from david pecker. >> i need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend david. >> reporter: on the recording, trump and cohen sound worried the information could fall into the wrong hands if pecker were to leave "the enquirer" or worse. >> and it's all the stuff. >> -- thinking about that. >> all the stuff, because you never know where that company -- you never know where he's going to be. >> -- could get hit by a truck. >> correct. so, i'm all over that. >> reporter: the deal never went through. cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. pecker has been granted immunity. and president trump continues to insist he's done nothing wrong. >> kyra phillips joining us now in studio. she spoke with david pecker tonight. and kyra, "the enquirer" kept that alleged information about
the president inside of a locked safe, but do we know what happened to that safe? >> reporter: well, it's still a bit of a mystery. the ap has reported that pecker emptied that safe just prior to inauguration, but it's still unclear, did he keep the documents, did he destroy them, are they in the hands of federal investigators? when i got him on his cell phone, he said no comment. i tried. >> david pecker with no comment tonight. all right, kyra, thank you. next tonight, the fbi arresting a suspect accused of threatening to kill employees at "the boston globe." federal agents raiding robert chain's home in encino, california, accusing him of making more than a dozen threats to "the globe." chain allegedly calling employees the enemy of the people. the same phrase often used by president trump to attack the media. the threats coming immediately after "the globe" launched a nationwide newspaper campaign in support of the first amendment and news organizations. we turn now to hurricane season heating up tonight, as we head into the labor day weekend. two tropical disturbances, including a potential tropical
cyclone in the atlantic right now. let's get right to abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee, she's tracking it all for us. hey, ginger. >> reporter: tom, as far as atlantic hurricanes, august has been the slowest august since 2013, but it is ramping up, as we get to the peak of hurricane season. very low chance of development of that area, that tropical wave in the eastern caribbean. but that potential tropical cyclone six, we are watching to become tropical storm florence by tomorrow, a hurricane by monday. you know, a lot of this action has been very slow because of dust up the sahara and also wind shear. this storm itself will stay out to sea, but that whole dust and wind shear thing is starting to decline. so, we may see more activity in the coming weeks. activity on land here, minneapolis to des moines tomorrow. damaging wind and flash flooding possible again in that same area, tom. >> all right, ginger, thank you. next tonight, the former college student accused of impersonating a doctor at a children's hospital in california. authorities say he was repeatedly able to sneak in over several months. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: authorities say 23-year-old ariya ouskousian
pretending to be a doctor fooled security at the children's hospital of orange county, telling them he lost his i.d., even gaining access to restricted floors. ouskousian sneaking in at least seven times between april and june. he also allegedly even gave advice to a patient complaining of a growth on his neck at university of california-irvine. the children's hospital believes he did not interact with the patients, but after he tried to get access to their mental health unit, they called the police. >> he was really wearing a doctor's robe, his name on it and credentials. he was wearing around his neck, a stethoscope. >> reporter: so, he looked like a doctor? >> oh, absolutely. >> matthew, did you treat patients? >> reporter: this case, eerily similar to that of florida teen matthew scheidt in 2011. then 17-year-old scheidt posed as a physician's assistant for a month. >> dressed in his scrubs, the stethoscope around the neck. even had the terminology. >> reporter: scheidt was sentenced to a year in jail. tom, tonight, ouskousian faces 11 years behind bars if convicted. and authorities admit it's
possible that he interacted with other patients, so they're asking for anybody who had contact with him to come forward. tom? >> will carr for us tonight. will, thank you. and one more headline tonight from the white house. president trump today canceling pay raises for nearly 2 million civilian federal employees. the president sending a letter to the house and to the senate, warning the raises will add billions to the federal deficit. the pay freeze coming the same day he boasted about the economy, tweeting, "more good news is coming." the raises were set to take effect in january. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the deadly feud. a woman now facing murder charges, allegedly ramming her neighbor with a truck, killing the husband and their dog. plus, the urgent search for a mother and daughter missing after arriving in california for a camping trip. what happened? and the fbi investigating this, a possible civil rights violation involving police and this violent arrest. this violent arrest. stay with us. your retail business irtually every parf so that if your customer needs shoes, & he's got wide feet.
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forever. the zezulkas making that dream come true, and living up to the promise of being a forever family. so, tonight, we salute that growing family for being america strong. and we thank you for watching on this thursday night. i'm tom llamas. a reminder to tune in tomorrow morning, as we cover senator mccain's memorial at the u.s. capitol. for david and all of us here, have a great evening. good night.
police. new at 6:00, grab and go. a road rage incident leads to the arrest of a teacher inside his san jose school and surprise officers did not expect to find. >> unlike the ranks of parents who stood outside my child's school -- >> it's a club no parent wants to join. live outside san francisco's balboa high school sorting out today's confusion from the gun scare on campus. details that could lead to the discovery of a missing canadian mother and daughter last heard from along the san mateo coast. >> live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> we now know what happened to the student accused of bringing a gun to school. after that gun went off inside a balboa high school classroom. good evening. >> right away, let's begin with abc7 news reporter from san francisco with the latest on the 14-year-old suspect in today's accidental shooting at balboa
high. katie. >> reporter: police sources tell us the 14-year-old freshman ran from campus but his mother later brought him to the bellevue station where he turned himself in. this may be an accidental discharge. we learned the female student injured today will be okay, she was not shot. >> we hear a loud bang, look over, a hole in the chair, something on the ground. the teacher looks over, calls security, everyone comes in, goes to the next classes. >> reporter: per police sources the student ran out of the balboa high school classroom and surveillance shows him handing something over to three other students. police detain those students and they're the ones seen from sky 7 an they then handed the gun over to police. the student who brought the gun to school managed to run away from campus. sources say his mother took him to the bayview