tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 29, 2016 6:00pm-6:30pm MST
captioning sponsored b captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a deadly crash in the morning rush. >> the whole place shook. just sho just shook, and everybody got quiet. >> pelley: a train packed with commuters plowed into a terminal in the shadows of new york city. at least one person is dead, many are injured. >> i thought we were going to die. i didn't thiwe get out. >> pelley: also tonight, a plea for prayers for a first grader shot at school. and you a hard little fighter, and you got to continue to remember that. >> pelley: it's 40 days till the election, but the voting has already begun. fraud at wells fargo, the c.e.o. under fire. >> something is going wrong at this bank, and you are the head of it. >> pelley: and, nearly half a
olympians were suspended, they're honored today at the white house. >> how many people get to do geo that, sit there and wait for the president to come to you? to say, "thank you." this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley, reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: this is our western edition. each day, more than a million and a half people commute into manhattan, in a complex choreography that moves before the sun. but this morning, a new jersey transit train that should have been crawling into its final stop, instead bolted through a barrier and rammed into the waiting area of hoboken terminal, collapsing part of the century-old building. only one person was killed, but 108 others, including the engineer, were injured. jim axelrod is in hoboken, just across the hudson from
>> reporter: it was the height of rush hour this morning in a station 15,000 commuters pass through each day when, at 8:45, chaos engulfed the new jersey transit terminal in hoboken. this is what train number 1614, stuffed with commuters, looked like as it approached. eyewitnesses say it was moving at a high rate of speed when it failed to stop. as it entered the station, itbet continued beyond the tracks, sending the four cars crashing through a main concourse barrier, then launching airborne into the platform area. inside the train, passengers like kirby fisher could not believe what was happening. >> it was like a big crash. and then everything from the ceiling just fell in. >> reporter: jamie weatherhead- saul was in the first car.
it just kept going. the lights went off. and people started screaming, and it was like completelywn fr thrown from one area to the next. but because it was so crowded, there wasn't much-- where to go. >> reporter: thirty feet away, michael larson, a new jersey transit employee, was standing on the platform. >> it was just initially a horrendous, horrendous exploding noise and concrete dust, el flying into the depot. >> reporter: the one person killed, a woman from hoboken, was not a passenger on the train but was standing on the platform when she was hit by debris. new york's governor andrew cuomo: >> we know what happened. we don't know why it happened. the train, obviously, came in at too high a rate of speed. it didn't stop. it went through the barriers. when you see the destruction up close, the silver lining is that
>> reporter: others, like engineer william blaine, looking for something hopeful amidst all the trauma, jumped in to help. >> kaboom! the whole place shook, just shook. and everybody got quiet.ran outn when i turned and i ran out and i slid, i looked to the right, and i just saw people all over the ground and debris and everything all over the place. it was like we were a family. when you say americans, man, i'm not lying. everybody, creed, color, ran and tried to help.t engineer w >>ep survived the crash, his name is thomas gallagher. he's 48 years old. he was taken to the hospital, but was later released, and tonight, scott, we're told mr. gallagher is, indeed, cooperating with investigators. >> pelley: jim axelrod at the scene of the crash tonight. jim, thank you. well, the woman who was killed on the platform was a 34-year- old hoboken resident. her name was fabiola bittar de kroon. she was an attorney and a mother of a young child. demarco morgan has more about
>> reporter: first responders quickl quickly arrived to treat more than 100 injured, sending at least 74 bloodied and dazed commuters to area hospitals. alexis valley is five months pregnant. she was sitting in the first car and suffered a head injury. >> i thought we were going to die. i didn't think we were going to get out. >> nobody knew what was going on. >> reporter: david mielach was also on the train and narrowly escaped after the ceiling collapsed. did you help anybody get out of train? were people trying to he y >> yeah, we tried to clear the way for the people that were bleeding more to get out first. >> reporter: a passenger on the platform shot this video of the aftermath. witnesses say many who were waiting for a train were badly hurt. >> there were folks hobbling around, people holding their limbs, holding their backs andgh things like that. they were definitely, definitely >> reportenjuries. >> reporter: at hoboken university medical center, chief medical officer dr. meika
>> we received 22 patients from the accidents-- bumps, bruises, some walking wounded, some lacerations and fractures as well. >> reporter: amy crulleitch escaped without any injuries. >> well, i'm afraid to get back on the train and i've been commuting to new york city for 30 years. >> reporter: here at new jersey medical center, a regional trauma center, all 53 passengers who walked in with minor injuries have been relse >> pelley: demarco morgan, thanks. federal investigators are on the scene, and kris van cleave is following that. >> reporter: tonight, investigators will work to recover video from the two outward-facing cameras and the train's data recorders. the national transportation safety board is leading the inve investigation. vice chair bella dinh-zarr: >> from the event recorder, we hope to get information such as ho speed and braking. >> reporter: new jersey transit says the engineer, 48-year-old
of the first car as it came speeding into the hoboken station. the n.t.s.b. hopes to interview gallagher and will reconstruct his last 72 hours, including a look at his medical history. federal health screening requirements for train operators are among the lightest, requiring only a hearing and vision check every three years. the rest is up to the railroad. the n.t.s.b. has called for stronger standards. >> we will look at whether there was positive train control installed and all of the aspects related to that, before we come to >> reporter: railroads are under a federal mandate to install positive train control, or p.t.c. technology, that can slow or stop a speeding train to prevent collisions. this train did not have p.t.c. technology. congress pushed the deadline for installation to at least 2018. federal regulators say new jersey transit has yet to submit a plan to install the expensive safety technology. mark rosenker chaired the n.t.s.b. when the p.t.c. requirement was enacted.
all the mechanical systems were working properly, should have stopped this train, because it was moving too fast through the station. >> reporter: now, these trains have an alerter, or sometimes called a deadman's switch, that requires the operator to acknowledge an alarm at a regular interval, or that system will stop the train. scott, at this point, new jersey transit won't say if that technology was in use. >> pelley: kris van cleave for us tonight. kris, thank you. now, to the presidential campaign. we think of election day as just under six weeks away, but in reality, americans in 11 states are already voting, and absentee ballots are being mailed now in 28 states and washington, d.c. early access to the polls in iowa was not lost on the clinton campaign today, and nancy cordes is there. >> are you ready to go to the polls? >> reporter: november 8 is still
>> vote this way! come over here! you can go right on second >> reporte >> reporter: clinton campaigners led supporters directly from her rally in des moines to a polling site four blocks away. 36 states and d.c. allow some form of early voting, either in person or by mail. more than 40% of iowa voters took advantage of it in 2012, enough for the obama campaign to know even before election day that he had won there. with 26,000 volunteers in iowa alone, the clinton campaign is hopi hoping its superior ground game will make up for a demographic disadvantage. >> you will put that inside the voter affidavit. >> reporter: a larger share of working class white voters than any battleground state. they tend to favor trump, who she painted today as a rich miser who might not pay taxes, like the clintons do. >> but then it's probably true he hasn't paid a penny in federal taxes to actually support our military or our vets
>> reporter: the clinton campaign's strategy in early voting states is to use volunteers to convince less- reliable voters-- and they know who they are-- to cast their ballots now. that way, the campaign only has to worry about turning out its most motivated supporters on election day, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes traveling with hillary clinton.. nancy, thank you. in the trump campaign, we're beginning to see a preview of a new attack on his opponent's old major garrett is on the campaign. >> the clintons are the sordid past. we will be the very bright and clean future. >> reporter: donald trump attacked hillary clinton and her husband at a rally in new hampshire today, but he couldn't escape his own past. >> i'll bet you, if you put up and added up all the time i spoke to her, it was probably less than five minutes. >> reporter: that's trump on alicia machado, the 1996 miss
equality. >> he called this woman "miss piggy." >> reporter: clinton brought upd machado at monday's debate and how trump had criticized her for gaining weight, something he does not deny. >> they know what they're getting into. it's a beauty contest. let her try and lose the weight. can you imagine, i end up in a position like this. >> reporter: it's not the first time trump has gone after someone outside the political arena. he criticized gonzalo curiel, a mexican american federal judge, who trump said couldn't be impartial because of his heritage. >> he's not treating me fairly. >> have you even read the united states constitution? >> reporter: trump also attacked the parents of an american muslim killed in iraq. >> if you look at his wife, she was standing there. she had nothing to say. >> reporter: two common threads run through these three situations. each did trump political harm each did trump p until he dropped them, which he's trying to do with machado. and, scott, all three spoke to trump's rough history with his use of race, gender, and fairness. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks
vice presidential candidates tim kaine and mike pence will debate next tuesday in farmville, virginia. cbsn's elaine quijano will be the moderator, and our live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern time. today, the head of wells fargo took another beating from congress over those fraudulent accounts that thousands of bank employees created to meet sales quotas. but he insisted, it's no reflection on his leadership. john blackstone is folwi >> something is going wrong at this bank, and you are the head of it. >> you know this guy? well, apparently, he robbed your bank. he's in jail as we speak. they got all money back. only simple question-- what the heck's the difference between you and mr. holmes? >> reporter: today on capitol hill, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle asked whether wells fargo c.e.o. john stumpf should resign or even go to jail,
ts. accounts. he's already forfeited tens of millions of dollars in compensation. is this just show? does it mean anything? >> i think it does mean something. >> reporter: ross lavine is a professor of banking at u.c. berkeley haas school of business. he says it's unusual for an executive to be held accountable. so when wells fargo is fined millions or even billions of dollars, that doesn't come out of anybody's pocket who runs the company? >> correct. that comes out of our pockets. >> reporter: the $185 million the phony accounts is only one of the penalties the bank has faced recently, and not nearly the largest. this year alone, wells fargo has been fined $1.2 billion for falsely certifying mortgage loans, $4 million for student loan abuses and $70 million for violations judged by the controller of the currency. ruth landaverde watched today as her former boss was grilled. she said she quit working at wells fargo because of the
>> how was he so disconnected? how did he not know this type of behavior was happening? >> reporter: wells fargo is not alone being caught in breaking the rules. over the last six years, scott, bank of america has paid $56 billion in fines and settlements, and chase, $28 billion. >> pelley: john blackstone, thanks. today, the united nations called the siege of aleppo a catastrophe. since a cease-fire broke down last week, russian and syrian planes have been bombing rebel-s held neighborhoods of syria's largest city. the russians claim they're targeting terrorists, but nearly 100 children have been killed. today, there was a cry for help. a little girl's voice from deep within the ruins of a building. rescuers drilled a rescuers drilled and cut through the concrete. the girl was heard screaming for her father. it took four hours to get her out. it is not known whether anyone
>> pelley: a mother from townville, south carolina, was at work yesterday when she heard news of a shooting at the elementary school. 14-year-old son is accused of killing her husband and wounding two students and a teacher. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: the teenaged shooter opened fire near the playground, just as students at townville elementary walked out of a door for afternoon recess. two six-year-olds and a teacher were hit by the bullets. >> yesterday, our community, we experienced a very devastating and life-changing event.
f >> >> reporter: townville fire chief billy mcadams, whose son attends the school, was first on the scene. another firefighter, jamie brock, found the teen, who had a handgun, at the back of the school and pinned him down. first grader jacob hall was the most critically injured. >> please, especially, remember little jacob, who continues to fight for his life. he's a hard little fighter and you got to continue to remember that. >> reporter: police say the 14-year-old suspect, who has not who has not been identified, shot and killed his father, 47-year-old jeffrey osbourne, at their home, before taking his father's truck and driving to the school. administrators say the school had active shooter drills, including one just last week. nine-year-old hayden beasley says students knew this wasn't a drill. >> then i really would have panicked and everybody else would have, too. and the teachers would have, too, if they didn't have that training. >> reporter: so that plan made a big difference.he
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black-gloved fists in protest at the 1968 olympics in mexicoo city. smith said the moment was overwhelming. when you were raising your fist, what was going through your mind? >> get me off of this stand. the national anthem is exactly one minute and 30 seconds long, but it seemed like an hour. >> reporter: the protest against racial inequality got them ejected from the games and banished from the olympic community for decades.es, we wer >> yes, we were hated, we were vilified, but i do think because shows you there was something that needed changing. >> welcome to the white house. >> reporter: today, nearly 50 years later, the olympic medalists were welcomed back into the fold by president obama. >> we're honored to have here the legendary tommie smith and d john carlos here today. ( applause ) their powerful, silent protest in the 1968 games was controversial, but it woke folkr
opportunity for those that followed. >> i >> i feel great. i sat up there and just ate it all up. >> reporter: now a new generation of athletes has picked up the baton from smith, led by n.f.l. quarterback colin kaepernick, who kneels during the national anthem to protest police violence against african americans. smith supports activist athletes, and said their their peaceful actions take courage. >> when you do something you really believe in it, you really you just do it. >> reporter: and these silent gestures are meant to speak volumes. margaret brennan, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: finally tonight, we're in washington for a special commemoration. the newseum is marking the 100th anniversary this year of the birth of walter cronkite. and that's the way it is. with thanks from the jones day law firm for this view of the capital, and for all of us at cbs news all around the world,
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