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Tractor-trailer crash destroys tavern

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) -- An out-of-control tractor-trailer carrying bananas crashed into a natural gas main and ignited an explosion Sunday morning, setting fire to an 18th century building that housed a tavern and destroying it.

Fire officials in Seekonk, about 6 miles east of Providence, R.I., said the 18-wheeler fell on its side and slid into the Old Grist Mill Tavern, whose website says the building was constructed in 1745 for grinding grain raised by area farmers.

The truck "slid along the ground and took out the gas main and the electrical lines," tavern owner Greg Esmay told the Providence Journal newspaper. "There was a pretty good explosion, and it started a fire."

No one was in the building at the time. Esmay, of Warwick, R.I., said the building was destroyed and would have to be demolished.

The truck driver was taken to a hospital in Providence. It was unclear how serious his injuries were or whether he would face charges.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.


Crew members missing after train collision

GOODWELL, Okla. (AP) -- Three Union Pacific Railroad crew members were missing after two freight trains collided Sunday in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed at about 10:08 a.m. Sunday near Goodwell, Union Pacific regional spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. A two-person crew was aboard each train, and officials were unable to account for two engineers and a conductor, Espinoza said.

The other conductor appeared to be uninjured, and officials were interviewing him about what happened, she said.

The westbound train had three locomotives and 80 railcars that were carrying motor vehicles, she said. Two of that train's locomotives and a locomotive from the eastbound train caught fire after the collision, she said.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze, which was burning in a sparsely populated area of the county, Texas County Emergency Management Director Harold Tyson said. No evacuations have been ordered, he said.


Post office service reduced to half an hour

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Express service might be all you have time for at one New Hampshire post office.

The hours at the post office in Sugar Hill have recently been cut back to 30 minutes a day, down from a few hours. The post office is open from 10:15 to 10:45 each morning.

New Hampshire's two U.S. senators have written a letter urging the U.S. Postal Service to hold a community meeting in the northern New Hampshire town so that residents, government officials and business owners can ask questions and offer their thoughts on the future of retail postal service there.