BORDER PATROL IS ASKED TO SHUT I-87 CHECKPOINT
NORTH HUDSON (AP) -- Reps. John Sweeney and John McHugh are asking the U.S. Border Patrol to shut down an Interstate 87 checkpoint until safety concerns are resolved.
On Sept. 19, a tractor-trailer driving south on Interstate 87 plowed into a line of cars waiting to pass through the checkpoint, killing four people. In February, a tour bus rear-ended a truck stopped at the checkpoint in North Hudson, 74 miles south of the Canadian border, injuring more than 50 people.
The Department of Transportation has added signs on the road, known as the Northway, to warn drivers of the stop. But the National Transportation Safety Board said last week that signs in place at the checkpoint may "contribute to future accidents."
Over the past month, Sweeney, R-Clifton Park, and McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, have met with Border Patrol officials, saying they would push to make the checkpoint safer.
FLU SHOTS FOR 250 AT RISK SLATED AT QUEBEC CLINIC
PLATTSBURGH (AP) -- A plan put together by the mayor here will allow 250 high-risk people to get flu shots at a special clinic Friday morning in Quebec.
Calls requesting the hard-to-find vaccine started coming into Plattsburgh City Hall on Monday morning. By noon, the roster was full, Mayor Daniel Stewart said.
Stewart approached Claude Bachand, a member of the Canadian Parliament, about getting some flu shots. Bachand helped arrange for the doses to be made available for people from the Plattsburgh area.
The Canadian clinic is charging $25 (U.S.) for shots. No insurance plans will be accepted.
The U.S. vaccine crisis began when British regulators shut down U.S.-bound shipments from Chiron Corp., after some batches of the vaccine were found to be contaminated with bacteria.
The decision cut the U.S. supply of flu shots almost in half. There is no shortage in Canada.
SCHOOL MOURNS DEATHS OF 3 STUDENTS IN CRASH
LAFAYETTE (AP) -- Hundreds of students were dismissed early from school Tuesday to say a last goodbye to three friends killed in a one-car crash while rushing back from a school lunch break.
Services were held for Brittany Bowers and Kimberly Dix back-to-back at different churches so friends and relatives could attend both. Lafayette Junior-Senior High School provided shuttle buses to the funerals.
Dix, Bowers and Janay Davis -- all 17 -- were in a car Thursday driven by classmate Joseph M. Marzo, also 17, when the accident occurred.
The seniors were returning to school in a heavy rain and were traveling at a high speed when the car crashed while going down a hill on a straight road near the school. The car sheared off two evergreen trees and struck a third tree broadside, splitting in two.
Marzo survived the crash but remained hospitalized Tuesday in serious condition in University Hospital, Syracuse.
Davis will be buried Thursday. Calling hours are set for today.