A bus was set on fire on Lanark Way in Dublin near the junction with Shankill Road, according to local police and news reports. Photos from the event showed people on both sides of a gate throwing items across. Some of those items included petrol bombs. Protests and unrest amid rising Brexit concerns are being blamed. Union anger about police not prosecuting leaders of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein for allegedly breaking pandemic restrictions during the funeral of a former IRA figure were also cited.
A police chase that lasted more than an hour and reportedly reached speeds of 75 miles per hour ended with a murder suspect crashing into a tractor trailer. The suspect was apprehended at that point surrendering to police. Video from helicopters showed the suspect driving on the wrong side of the road and weaving through a parking lot as part of police chase. Michael Caleb Reed from Bakersfield, Calif. was wanted for shooting and killing Michael Lewis. The truck driver who blocked the suspect exited his truck cab and calmly walked away. He is being hailed as a crucial part of the capture of the murder suspect.
Two semitrailers collided one into the rear of the other when the first slowed for traffic on a busy stretch of Interstate 80/94 in Indiana. Eastbound Interstate 94 was closed for 12 hours as a result of the crash which happened at 1:30am. The truck was carrying paint and diesel fuel which was then spilled over the Interstate.
Felix Lopez was charged with second-degree felony of theft of property after he allegedly stole an ambulance and proceeded to lead law enforcement on a several-hour-long chase through Dallas, Texas. The ambulance was taken from a fire station and later spotted after which the chase ensued, finally ending when Lopez became trapped by fencing, exited the vehicle and tried to run. He finally surrendered.
One U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured when a man identified as 25-year-old Noah R. Green, of Indiana, rammed a vehicle into them at a barricade outside the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Officer William “Billy” Evans was the officer killed. He had been with the police force for 18-years. Green, an African American man, was not on any watch lists and appeared to have acted alone, sources say. Social media posts by Green suggest anti-government sentiments played a role in his actions. Other experts say mental health issues were at play as well. For more on vehicle ramming incidents see our feature story on page 48.
A human smuggler was charged with organizing a smuggling event in early March 2021 that ultimately ended with 13 people losing their lives. Jose Cruz Noguez was charged “with conspiracy to bring aliens to the United States outside a port of entry causing serious bodily injury/placing a life in jeopardy, and bringing in aliens without presentation for financial gain.” An SUV Cruz, a legal US resident, was driving allegedly carry 25 migrants hit a tractor-trailer near the California/Mexico border. Twelve people died on scene, one person died en route to the hospital and some survivors suffered “serious injuries,” according to prosecutors.
After an explosion at the Islam Qala border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran, casualties and the destruction of a number of trucks, Afghanistan is looking to reform road transport with help from the International Road Transport Union. IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto met in late February with the Afghan Minister for Transport, Qudratullah Zaki, to discuss how such incidents could be avoided in the future. The IRU says incident at Islam Qala was particularly devastating because there were a huge number of trucks waiting at the border. The TIR system, based on the UN TIR Convention, smooths border-crossing procedures and enables goods to be cleared when they reach their destination, rather than at the border. Reducing congestion at borders significantly, the TIR system would also therefore mitigate damage and casualties resulting from accidents like the one at Islam Qala.
Forward Air Corporation said the December 2020 ransomware attack they experienced hit its fourth quarter financial results to the tune of $7.5 million. The incident impacted their operations and IT systems causing delays. The company said they were able to get control of the December 2020 attack fairly quickly, informed authorities and launched an investigation.
A man, David Joshua Green, was indicted in connection with allegations that he hit and killed two people with his pickup in December. Other charges included indecency with a child by sexual contact, contempt of court, driving with a license suspended, failure to maintain financial responsibility, and violating a promise to appear. The victims were jolted 65 feet from the RV trailer they were in ultimately hitting a house, the warrant stated. Timothy Robin Nelson Jr. died on impact. Shelby Duarte, was found breathing later died because of her injuries, the warrant stated. Green stated he wanted to die in the attack and had placed propane tanks in the vehicle he used in hopes they would blow up on impact. They did not.