tv Action News at 500 AM ABC March 20, 2017 5:00am-5:31am EDT
5:00 a.m., monday march 20. we have breaking news right now. a philadelphia police officer who was attacked by a suspect in the northeast. >> brand new, drivers won't be able to use the express lanes at the busy mid county toll plaza we have the why and how long coming up. these men were burglarizing a dozen stores, but they were not going after the cash. >> a plane lands in atlantic city with a smoke filled cockpit. >> the first day of spring, david murphy will look at that, karen rogers will have the
traffic. >> reporter: it is a decent start to spring, a little cold, so you'll want winter coats. we have a lack of cloud cover. temperature, 36 degrees in philadelphia. 33 in allentown. just below the freezing mark in reading and 39 in cape may. there's not much wind out there, but just enough to make it feel a tad below the freezing mark. a winter jacket not a bad idea. 37 degrees by 7:00 a.m. rather cool by noon, 45 degrees, we'll climb to 50 degrees later this afternoon. i expect a high of 51 to clock in right around there, say, 3:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. today marks the arrival of spring. it officially comes in at 6:29 a.m. this morning. we're looking at increasing daylight this time of year, the temperatures are starting to nudge up, in fact it will be milder tomorrow, karen, i'll
have the details on that in just a couple of seconds. >> reporter: we have an early morning accident in new jersey, crews on the scene in willingboro, blocking all lanes 130 southbound at cooper street. that's a big area in burlington county. southbound is blocked, northbound they are blocking two lanes there. a billing accident in new jersey, in willingboro, blocking lanes in both directions on 130 southbound, stick to mlk drive. schuylkill expressway we're seeing a backup eastbound at gulph mills, this is the problem, we have construction crews blocking a lane, this will last until 6:00 a.m., they are having trouble merging, too, that's adding to the delay. schuylkill expressway eastbound blocking a lane already backed up watch for that on the big picture. let's check out another issue, 611 old york road construction in abington blocking a lane, here, as well.
42 dry and clear for now, matt and tam. >> thank you, karen. breaking right now out of the wynnfield heights section, police are on the scene of a deadly crash. a car crashed into a pole after 2:00 a.m. near ford road and belmont avenue. one person was killed. there's no word on what caused that crash. drivers who use the e-z pass lanes to go through the mid county toll plaza might be hitting the brakes this morning. northbound side and southbound side are closed so upgrades can be made to the electronic equipment. katherine scott is live outside with a closer look hey, katherine. >> reporter: hey matt you could see slow downs over the neck couple of -- next couple of weeks, there are crews in place to start the upgrades. while this is going on you'll be able to use the traditional e-z
pass lanes, these closures affect drivers on i-476 using express e-z pass lanes at the mid county toll plaza. they officially closed last evening at 6:00 p.m. those lanes are supposed to remain closed for three weeks so crews can upgrade the overhead electronic tolling equipment for open road tolling. thisthis is the first phase of e project. the project is expected to be complete september of next year, as for this phase involving the e-z pass express lanes they should just be closed for three weeks. as we head out this morning, you will see digital signs along the highway alerting drivers of lane closures, i know we passed several of those this morning. if all goes as planned, the
lanes reopen april 6 at 10:00 p.m. all the crews are mobilizing and getting ready for the three weeks of repair. katherine scott channel 6 "action news." >> now we want to go to breaking news out of northeast philadelphia, a police officer attacked on the job by a suspect. "action news" reporter, jeanette reyes is live on the scene on academy road, good morning, jeanette. >> reporter: good morning, tam we're seeing quite a bit of activity right now. police are searching for the man behind the attack on a philadelphia police officer. we're right behind the wawa of the 400 block of academy road. police were investigating a possible robbery. the incident was -- the officer was attacked, the police are
300 yards away from us, they are clustered around two different scenes, we see police tape up right now him they are investigating and trying to track down the suspect. we are told the officers suffered injuries to his head, but he is in stable condition. we are waiting to get some additional information. this is, of course, a developing situation as soon as we get more information we'll pass it along to you. reporting live in northeast, jeanette reyes channel 6 "action news." tam. >> we'll check in with you soon, jeanette, thank you. an investigation is underway into a massive fight at a septa subway station in center city. the allout brawl was caught on camera happening at the race vine station. police are look hoping people will take a look and find the people involved. authorities are not sure what caused the fight. two men are under arrest in delaware accused of burglarizing
a dozen stores. police arrested berdell and his friend. they would take cartons of cigarettes with the value of theft reaching $23,000. scary moments aboard a military cargo plane that landed at atlantic city national airport. there was smoke in the cabin after the plane landed after midnight. nobody was hurt, investigators are trying to determine where the smoke came from. >> happening today, the former president of penn state will be back in court facing charges related to the jerry sandusky scandal relating to how he responded to complaints against sandusky. the university commission report included that span spaniard and
other officials covered the case. last week, two others pleaded guilty to child endangerment. >> spring will arrive shortly, but it will be a kind of up and down week. >> reporter: kind of, we're not breaking through to the warmer air, but the next couple of days look good. storm tracker 6 live double scan shows you that we are dry out there this morning, as we take a look outside, a little bit chilly to start out. the commodore barry bridge showing some clear skies, we'll see pleasant of sunshine and temperatures will rise a bit later. as you take a look at the current temperature profile, you want that winter-type coat as you head out the door. 31 in reading, 36 in philadelphia, in fact we slid to 36 in the last half-hour. freezing mark in wilmington, 39 in cape may. not much wind, but windchills running a little bit below freezing. later on today, high clouds popping through. generally speaking it look bright.
we'll call for sun in the lehigh valley, relatively light winds today 50 degrees. she shore, light winds and sun mixing with clouds and high of 51 with the wind running out of the northwest fairly light overnight. overnight tonight, clouds get thicker we see sprinkles and showers popping through in the overnight hours and future tracker 6 suggesting perhaps a little bit more of this as we move into tomorrow morning. it's a cloudy start as well. we expect the clouds to filter out and later in the day the return of sunshine. tomorrow will be milder, 40 degrees is the overnight low. more clouds, spotty showers, this low is not as cool as this morning, of course. tomorrow afternoon we're all the way up to 59 degrees for the high. there is cooler air lurking off to the north and west for wednesday, but it does look like
we'll get fairly mild on tuesday. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, today not a bad day, lots of sun, high of 51 not all that windy. spring, of course arriving at 6:29 this morning. clouds to sun tomorrow. springing around late tonight and tomorrow morning. otherwise 59 degrees with sun returning. we're cooler an wednesday and thursday, highs in the low to mid 40s lots of sunny. friday we zoom up to 535 because a warm front passes true that triggers more clouds and passing shower for the weekend. on the weekend, 67 degrees, sunday, 55 degrees, more clouds build in and the way things are looking right now we could have periods of rain on sunday. if you're making early plans for the weekend, saturday is the better of two days. >> thank you, david. it is 5:19. bystander risk their lives to save a driver. next up see how they pulled the
driver out of the smoking suv moments after a crash. caught on video, a family in georgia says a stranger poured something on their son's favorite toys putting him in potential danger. >> reporter: one of the crews left the scene, but we see them blocking the lane on the schuylkill expressway eastbound a bit of construction causing problems near gulph mills. we'll have other traffic issues when we come right back.
look, philadelphia international airport, a clear start to your monday, 5:13, 36 degrees. >> ready for spring, karen? >> reporter: i'm so ready for spring, in fact i'm ready tore summer. in fact you want to fast ford -- forward this, i'm good with that. schuylkill expressway eastbound we have crews blocking the right lane on the schuylkill expressway eastbound near gulph mills. they are off to the side. the construction cleared out early on the schuylkill expressway eastbound no longer blocking a lane at least, even though the crews are out there. i-95 southbound approaching the scutter falls bridge we have new construction it lasts until 2:00 p.m. and it is blocking the right lane. you have a lane blocked near the scutter falls bridge. we have an accident on 130 southbound at cooper street burlington county all lanes
blocking southbound and two lanes northbound and all lanes southbound 130 at cooper in burlington county, new jersey, watch for that. here's a live look at i-95 so far so good this morning that's the southbound traffic heading toward center city and moving nicely. how about the temperatures on this first day of spring. it's chilly in the morning, 26 degrees in martins creek, cold in quakertown, 30. pottstown, 30. saint davids you're above the freezing mark, 36 in center city. 32 in browns mills, 29 in vineland and 36 degrees in dover, delaware. a good moment of sunshine, heading up to 51. you can't beat that today. >> watch as a driver comes to the rescue after a serious crash in south florida. you can see the man carrying a baseball bat which he used to break the window of the jeep. the driver passed out and slammed into the wall. the tires started to smoke,
rescuers shut off the suv and got the driver out safely. >> a horrifying discovery from a family in georgia, a man spray something on the on -- toy in the yard. the family is calling for an investigation. you can seem the person spraying something on the slide. this happened thursday morning. they believe this is some sort of poison like we'd killer because of the dead spots on the lawn where the suspect walked. >> something to burn or kill the grass was in that. it would have to be a poison us substance. they gave the video to the police, no other neighbors have reported anything like this, many are saying they are installing security cameras, as well. >> the sixers beat the boston celtics 105-99. they start a five game road trip
in orlando today. flyers are five points out of the playoff spot following a rally last night. brayden shenn cord 38 seconds in -- scored 38 seconds in overtime. >> my bracket is toast. i did see that duke lost. >> kentucky is the only one left. two young kids in delaware are being praised for how they spent their sunday in center city. >> if you think your girl scott cookie tastes a little off, we have the reason why in the morning buzz.
the 4-year-old and 6-year-old gave out sandwiches last month. the reception was so good they came back and did it again. >> it was my idea. >> their mom said they got the idea when they learned they would be visiting philadelphia for a trip to the circus. >> reporter: kids come up with the great ideas, every little bit helps. let's check the roads, academy road and medford road we have police activity. scutter falls bridge we have construction block ago lane. route 130 cooper street we have an accident blocking all lanes southbound and two lanes northbound. we're looking live the boulevard extension there at the schuylkill expressway the southbound traffic moving nicely. >> reporter: mainly clear skies, but cold on the backup, -- bus
stop, temperatures in the mid 30s, it's better today, 3:00 p.m., 50, we expect a high of 51 degrees late in the afternoon say 3:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. holding the upper 40s by 7:00 p.m. if you're heading to the airport let's see if we have any major lace, no big travel issues getting out of town, tam. >> time to go on to "healthcheck." it's easier to get a prescription for glasses and in some cases you can do it in your pajamas at home. some sites are checking your vision online. they will send the vision test to yourtor in your state. online vision testing needs to be evaluated over time for safety and efficiency. in the future it would be nice
to get the whole family knocked out at once in the kitchen. >> in the future you won't need glasses. >> okay. >> up next in the morning buzz, a veteran who was told he would never walk again is getting back on his feet. technology and generosity is making it happen. find out why players on the women's hockey team are threaten going to on strike the hearing take place today. >> reporter: the frantic search intensifying for a missing tennessee teen and former teacher accused of kidnapping her. authorities sending out a nationwide alert. >> please come home. >> reporter: school officials confirming that 50-year-old tad comings 15-year-old's health science teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the teen. he denies.
they were seen at a restaurant in columbia, tennessee. >> reporter: detectives say they tracked the pair to decatur alabama before the trail went cold a week ago. coming up at 7:00 a.m., nancy grace and former fbi special agent weigh in live with your "g.m.a." first look, i'm adrien bankard, abc new york. ♪(music plays)
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look at center city, it is now 5:26 a.m., technically we're just about an hour away from the start of spring, it feels like winter, 36 degrees. matt. >> time for the morning buzz at the big board. technology is helping a paralyzed veteran walk for the first time in more than three decades. terry labar was fitted with an exo skeleton it wraps around the legs and retrains the muscles and the brain. once he is comfortable with the device he'll use one at his home. >> there's a dirty little secret you might not know about girl scout cookies, they don't all taste the same.
they are made from two different board of board of different -- bakeries. the thin mint looks different,. the next time you're craving one, shop around and see if there's different bakeries. >> a preview of two crucial hearings involving the trump administration that's coming up. people in center city were forced to evacuate a highrise because of a fire. a store owner refused to become a victim, see how he was able to scare off a would be criminal armed with a knife. those stories when "action news" continues. >> breaking now on "action
news," a philadelphia police officer is assaulted while investigating reports of a robbery we'll have a live report. >> and we are less than a hour away from the official start of spring as you take a look at the commodore barry bridge. accuweather is tracking more sun to help melt away all the snow. >> good morning everyone, 5:30 a.m., monday, march 20th.
let's get weather and traffic with david and karen. >> reporter: all right, everybody we're off to a clear start all the cloud cover back by pittsburgh, it's possible some of this pops up during the day, but generally speaking we're looking at a bright one today. 36 degrees in philadelphia. close to the freezing mark in allentown, reading and wilmington. 39 degrees in cape may. even though the winds are light, we're looking at windchills that makes it feel like below the freezing mark in both neighborhoods. grab the winter coat on the way out today, even though this afternoon you may be able to unzip it and not go as heavy on the gear. 45 degrees by noon. for a while we sit on or about 50. we're going for a high of 51 degrees, we'll hit that around 3:30 p.m. we mark the arrival of spring at 6:29 a.m. what's that? about an hour from now.