2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. LAPLACE, La. (AP) – A bus full of construction workers hit a firetruck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said.The ladder truck from St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans, had parked across the right lane of Interstate 10 to block traffic while police investigated an earlier wreck involving a pickup truck that had skidded on the wet road, crashing into both guardrails about 6:40 a.m., Trooper Melissa Matey said.The 2002 Eldorado National party bus hit the fire truck and then rear-ended a 2012 Toyota Camry, pushing it into a flatbed trailer being towed by a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, Matey said. She said the bus then veered behind the fire truck and into the first pickup truck, a 2005 Nissan Titan. It also knocked three firefighters, who were standing near the guard rail, into the water 30 to 40 feet below.Matey said the wreck killed Jermaine Starr, 21, of Moss Point, Mississippi, a back-seat passenger in the Camry, and St. John the Baptist Parish district Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin. The injured included the other two firefighters, the bus driver, 24 bus passengers and a total of nine people in the car and pickups.Firefighter Nicholas Saale, 32, of Ponchatoula, and Camry passenger Vontravous Kelly of Moss Point, Mississippi, are in critical condition, she said. The Camry’s other two occupants, driver Marcus Tate, 35, and David Jones, both of Moss Point, are in serious condition.Other injuries – including the Titan’s two occupants, who suffered minor injuries in the original crash – ranged from minor to moderate, Matey said.The bus driver, identified as Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, 37, of Honduras, will be arrested on two counts of negligent homicide and one each of reckless driving and driving without a license, she said.“Additional criminal charges are forthcoming,” she said.The injured were taken to hospitals in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Hammond and LaPlace, she said.Matey said the bus was taking flood recovery workers from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.It belonged to a company with two names: AM Party Bus and Kristina’s Transportation LLC, both at the same address in Jefferson, about 30 miles from New Orleans in Jefferson Parish, Matey said.No listing in Jefferson was available. A call to Kristina’s Transportation in Destrehan, 12 miles from Jefferson in St. Charles Parish, was not answered Sunday. A woman who answered the phone at AM Party Bus of New Orleans said she was only authorized to take booking calls.Matey did not know whether Rodriguez was an employee of that company, or whether the company checked to see whether he had a driver’s license.“He is in this country illegally from Honduras. He has no driver’s license. He had minor injuries,” she said.Matey did not know where in Honduras Rodriguez is from.Department of Homeland Security investigators and state police are checking on the passengers’ immigration status, she said.Matey said speed was a factor in both the crash of the Titan, which bounced from one guard rail to the other about 6:40 a.m., and that of the bus at 7:17 a.m. SHARE Published: August 28, 2016 10:16 PM EDT 2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles last_img read more

Kellenberger: Week 12 college football picks

first_imgOle Miss coach Hugh Freeze has two games left with three NFL first round picks and 10 senior starters on its roster.Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has two games left with three NFL first round picks and 10 senior starters on its roster.Expectations can just crush a man. Just ask Les Miles. Ask Hugh Freeze, too.I don’t have to, because I already know. I expected more of myself in my picks this season, and I’ve come up short. I had a grand plan to get ahead last week, and it was all going so well. Georgia beat Auburn, Southern Miss rolled Rice and Alabama controlled Mississippi State. But Tennessee, why could you not come close to covering against North Texas (a team USM beat by 35 points, by the way)? And c’mon BYU — a loss to Missouri? I worried the Tigers spent game week preoccupied; completely forgot the Mormons could be distracted by the “Sister Wives” drama.So I get it, Les. You had your team 7-0 this season, and No. 2 in the College Football Playoff’s first top 25. Leonard Fournette was going to be a landslide Heisman Trophy winner on the way to leading the Tigers to the SEC championship and a national title chance. And then you lost to Alabama, and followed that up with a home loss to Arkansas. Ouch. Now the championship dreams are crushed, and people are talking about whether or not you can survive this. You’re the gift that keeps on giving to sports writers, Les, but the folks in Cajun country seem to just be tiring of not being as good as Alabama.Freeze also had SEC West and national championship dreams. He even beat Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, no less. But losses to Florida, Memphis and Arkansas have Ole Miss at 7-3. The only way Ole Miss wins the West is if Auburn beats Alabama, and, sorry, that’s just not happening. Ole Miss could win out. Ole Miss could lose every other game it plays. Either way it’s going to be disappointing, considering this is a team with three sure-fire NFL first-round picks and about 10 senior starters.There’s two weeks left in the season. Two weeks for Ole Miss and LSU to salvage things with a couple of wins, and two more weeks for me to find some winners. Let’s get to it.Last week: 4-1 straight-up, 3-2 against the spreadThis season: 45-17 straight-up, 25-33 against the spread. The Big GameNo. 15 LSU at No. 22 Ole Miss (-6), 2:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS): Miles seems content to do what he does and let the chips fall where they may, which means the Rebels are going to see a heavy dose of the run this Saturday. If it’s me, I’m getting as big as possible (including Breeland Speaks and Robert Nkemdiche playing together on the defensive line) and keep seven in the box at all times. That gives Ole Miss its best shot at limiting Fournette, and winning the game. My pick: Ole Miss 28, LSU 24. In the StateMississippi State at Arkansas (-4), 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN): A week after Alabama and a week before Ole Miss. A road game at an opponent that traditionally has one of the better home-field advantages in the SEC and is the hottest team in the conference not named Alabama. It all lines up against Mississippi State. My pick: Arkansas 28, Mississippi State 17.Old Dominion at Southern Miss (-21), 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ASN): Give me Southern Miss, and give me the points. My pick: Southern Miss 42, Old Dominion 14. Around the NationGeorgia Southern at Georgia (-13.5), 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU): This is a sneaky tough game for Georgia, and I would not be shocked at all to see the upset happen. I mean, Nick Saban just told us all about Georgia Southern’s offense and a tin horn. My pick: Georgia 28, Georgia Southern 24.No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State (-13.5), 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ABC): Michigan State has been really average for most of this season. Ohio State has figured itself out. That’s a lot of points, but I’m good with them. My pick: Ohio State 35, Michigan State 21.No. 10 Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma State (-1), 6:30 p.m. Saturday (FOX): Oklahoma State’s entire resume is it beat TCU. Baylor’s entire resume is it beat … a 6-5 Texas Tech team? I’m not convinced on either, but let’s roll with the Bears. My pick: Baylor 24, Oklahoma State 21.Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 or [email protected] [email protected] on Twitter.<!–iframe–>last_img read more

Week 11 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgAfter weeks and weeks of high-total games, tasty matchups, and NFL DFS slates that are loaded with great stacking options, Week 11 sees one of the grossest slates of season. Only three of the 10 games this week have totals of 50 points or higher, but with that in mind, it may turn out to be one of the more fun weeks for daily fantasy football tournaments, as DraftKings ownership will likely to be heavily concentrated on the Panthers-Lions, Bucs-Giants, and the Eagles-Saints hammer game.In terms of roster construction, it looks like another week where in cash games we’re going to want to jam two or even three of the high-end running back options into our lineups. I’ll go over a few of my favorite running backs to target in both cash and tournaments, as well as some of the contrarian roster builds that are standing out early in the week. I also love Watson, who has curiously seen his price plummet below $6,000 for only the second time this season despite averaging over 25 fantasy points over the past two games. Watson has been excellent on the road in his career, posting a plus/minus of plus-5.3 over his past eight road games.  There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools. Our RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. MORE ROTOQL: Week 11 DFS values | DFS Lineup Builder | DFS Strategy 101Last week’s Perfect Lineup Review showed us star players in questionable matchups can really pay off for those in DFS contests, and once again, we saw a QB-receiver stack stand out as key. The RotoQL tools can help you find the best stacks thanks to ceiling and floor projections, correlations, value ratings, and Vegas lines. RotoQL will help make lineup building — and winning DFS contests — easier.For more great DFS content, check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always available to answer daily fantasy questions and provide more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA DFS updates.Week 11 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerWeek 11 NFL DFS Strategy: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games*Screenshots are from RotoQL web app          QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ LionsKicking us off, I’m going right back to the well with my favorite stack of 2018: Newton and McCaffrey. Last week, we saw McCaffrey erupt for three touchdowns against the Steelers, and he has solidified his every-down role with Carolina after they cut C.J. Anderson on Monday. There are no less than seven high-end running backs who are viable for cash games this week, but for me CMC is the top option in a prime matchup against the Lions. McCaffrey is one of the most game-script independent RBs given his pass-catching ability, and he should feast against a Lions run defense that, while improved following the addition of DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, still ranks 24th DvP against running backs.Newton let down many DFSer’s last time he was the chalk option at quarterback two weeks ago against the Buccaneers, but this is a perfect time to jump back on him at his $6,200 price point on DraftKings. Newton has the highest DraftSharks NFL projection among quarterbacks on the slate and has posted a plus/minus of plus-4.8 with a zero-percent “dud” rate over his past five games that have totals of 47 points or higher.​WEEK 11 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsQB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas, Saints vs. EaglesThe Saints offense looks like a juggernaut and is likely to be one of the most popular stacking options this week in a home matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia’s defense was already banged up heading into their Week 10 matchup with the Cowboys and got even thinner following the loss of their best CB, Ronald Darby, who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Brees is the most expensive QB of the week but is still more than affordable on DraftKings at $6,500. Brees has been simply dominate at home this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-8.6 with three of his past four games going over 30 fantasy points. You could honestly make an argument that Brees is $1,000 underpriced given the matchup with the Eagles (23rd DvP) in a game that has by far the highest total on the main slate at 54.5 points.You don’t have to overthink the pairing with Brees in this matchup either, as Thomas is the clear top WR option on the slate. While I will likely look to roster multiple high-end running backs in cash games, you can’t go wrong with rostering Thomas and finding a value RB either. Thomas has an extremely strong correlation score with Brees at 0.45, and similar to Brees, he’s been incredible at home this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-14.0 with an average of 12.5 targets per game in the Superdome this season.  RB James Conner and Steelers D/ST, Steelers @ JaguarsThis season’s fantasy darling has clearly been Conner, and the fairytale will keep rolling on following Le’Veon Bell decision to sit out the entire season. Conner left last week’s game against the Panthers with a concussion, but all reports point toward him being available to play this week against the Jaguars. Conner is by far the best value at RB this week at only $7,200 on DraftKings, which frankly is an egregious pricing for someone who has posted a plus/minus of plus-11.2 this season, with only one “dud” game coming back in Week 4 against the Ravens.You can comfortably look to pair Conner with a Steelers D/ST that has shown great upside this season with four double-digit scoring games.WEEK 11 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWeek 11 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, Cowboys @ FalconsI wanted to put the Saints trio of Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas as the onslaught tournament stack of the week, but they will likely be a popular option being the highest totaled game of the week. With that in mind, I’m going off the board this week to load up on Cowboys, who have a prime matchup against the Falcons.Prescott hasn’t been a great real0life quarterback this season but has actually been a decent fantasy performer, exceeding salary expectations in five of the past six weeks with a plus/minus of plus-4.1. Prescott has to be thrilled with the arrival of Cooper, who he has targeted 18 times through his first two games with the Cowboys, and the duo has a great chance at posting their best game together this week against a Falcons team that ranks 30th DvP against both the QB and WR positions.The final cherry on top to the Cowboys onslaught is Elliott, who is one of the top overall options on the slate. Elliott is coming off his best game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football and faces a Falcons defense that has allowed 20 more PPR points to running backs in every game this season.QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans @ RedskinsTargeting a high-end wide receiver not named Michael Thomas is going to be a solid tournament tactic this week, and for me, the guy I’m going to look to load up on is Hopkins. I think it’s safe to lock in Hopkins for 10-plus targets each week with old man Demaryius Thomas being the only other receiver to take targets away from him in the Texans offense. Hopkins is just too cheap coming off the Texans bye week at $7,900 in a matchup against the Redskins, who have struggled against wide receivers this season, ranking 25th DvP.last_img read more