National News June 3: Fiery Car Crashes in Arizona; Wildfire; NYC Police Rescue

By: AP
By: AP

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say four people are dead following a fiery crash on Phoenix's outskirts.
Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Chris Hegstrom says an SUV struck the rear end of a sedan Saturday afternoon near the suburban community of Buckeye, just west of Phoenix.
The spokesman tells the Arizona Republic ( ) that the sedan caught on fire and the driver and three passengers were killed.
The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
No other details on the crash on Maricopa County Road 85 near Airport Road were immediately available. No names were released.

VEKOL VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Five bodies have been found in a burned out sport utility vehicle in the Arizona desert.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says it's likely connected to drug cartels.
Babeu tells The Associated Press that investigators believe it was the same vehicle that fled from Border Patrol agents before dawn Saturday.
At daybreak, an agent spotted tracks off Interstate 8 that led into the desert. The smoldering SUV was then spotted with binoculars.
Inside, agents found one body in the back passenger seat and four others lying in the rear cargo compartment. They were burned beyond recognition. The driver's seat and front passenger seat were empty.
Babeu calls the latest incident significant. He says he's concerned about the extent of the violence in the western part of the county, saying drug smuggling north of the U.S.-Mexico border has not subsided.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The more than 1,200 firefighters who are battling the nation's largest wildfire in rugged mountains and canyons of southwestern New Mexico are racing to build lines to corral the massive blaze.
The fire had charred more than 354 square miles by Saturday morning, and crews were bracing for more dry and windy conditions.
Fire information officer Lee Bentley says the focus is on the western edge of the Whitewater-Baldy fire.
The fire is expected to start backing down the mountains east of the community of Glenwood, and officials say residents should expect to see more smoke and flames as firefighters continue their backburn operations.
Bentley says gusts could reach close to 30 mph Saturday, resulting in active to extreme fire behavior.
The fire is about 15 percent contained.
It has charred 227,000 acres of the Gila National Forest and a dozen cabins and several outbuildings have been destroyed.

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a day of dramatic rescues for the New York Police Department.
Police say officers plunged into the Hudson River Saturday to retrieve one woman and pulled another to safety from the edge of a high-rise roof where she was perched with a kitchen knife.
Detectives Darren McNamara and Henry Medina went into the river around 4:30 p.m. to help a 59-year-old woman who apparently jumped into the water off Harlem. Sgt. Raymond Smith and Detective Anthony Selvaggi (selh-VAH'-jee) helped pull her up a ladder.
Around the same time, Officers Christopher Cruzado (croo-ZAH'-doh) and Jose Rivera were on top of a roughly 20-story apartment building in East Harlem. They hoisted a 40-year-old woman over a security fence she had scaled to get the roof's ledge.

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