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tonight, the deadly nor'easter slamming the east right now. the treacherous drive home. three people killed. a van flipping outside philadelphia. heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70 miles per hour, from d.c. to philly to new york. tonight, the airlines now issuing waivers for the next 24 hours. rob marciano with the new track and the timing tonight. also developing as we come on the air, the meeting with president trump at the white house a short time ago. democrats walking out, calling it a trump meltdown. the president doubling down all day on his decision in syria. the impeachment showdown, and tonight, all eyes on the u.s. ambassador to the eu, expected to testify tomorrow. and nit, what we have leard. what a former white house adviser said about him in her owtestimon at s thte s a potential nationa risk. the outrage tonight. the librarian who went to a
training exercise when the officer working with her accidentally shoots and killing her. he said he did not know it was real ammunition. and what's now happened. the family tonight saying this is not justice. the new images of north korea's kim jong-un and what is the real message here? back here at home, the murder at the home of the actor who once played tarzan. tonight, authorities revealing who was killed. police arriving on the scene and shooting and killing a second person, as well. what we've learned tonight. the remarkable moment. the officer pulling up, the driver unconscious up on that hill in a car on the train tracks. a train barrelling towards the car and what the officer does in those final seconds. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. a dangerous drive home for millions tonight as a nor'easter slams several major cities, from philadelphia up through new york and boston. blinding rain, winds gusting up to 70 miles an hour and turning deadly tonight.
this accident outside philadelphia. at least three people killed tonight when a passenger van flipped over in the rain. the nor'easter forming after two storm systems combined. one from the midwest, the other off the atlantic coast packing a powerful punch tonight and right into tomorrow. we do have the new track tonight, and abc's stephanie ramos leads us off from new jersey. >> reporter: tonight, a rough ride home for millions in the northeast. >> these rainfall rates are really going to get pretty fast and furious. >> it's really a one-two punch. it's not just the rain, it's also the wind. >> reporter: the rain has been falling here in northern new jersey for several hours and it isn't slowing down, making it difficult for these drivers to see in front of them. that powerful nor'easter turning deadly. troopers on the scene of this crash. a passenger van flipping over on rainy u.s.-1 outside philadelphia. >> got one possible doa ejected. multiple people still inside the van. >> reporter: 11 passengers onboard. at least three people killed. the van crashing on wet roads amid low visibility.
and this storm is just getting started. here in northern new jersey, we could get up to four inches of rain, flooding is a real possibility and gusty winds that could bring down trees and knock out power. david? >> stephanie ramos leading us off tonight. stephanie, thank you. as we mentioned, it's not only the rain, but as stephanie said there, the winds, reaching up to 70 miles an hour tonight. so, let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, a very wet west side highway here in new york tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. very wet, indeed. this is the first of a two-tiered system, with the wind coming i'm most concerned about. here's the weather map. we've got that low in the midwest, you mentioned, transferring the energy out to the coast. the rain is in through new jersey, new york and connecticut. and i-80, i-95, a horrible ride home, definitely some flooding. the rain is going to be squeezed north and that low is going to bomb out. we could see a record pressure for the month of october. and what that means is that the winds are really going to be ripping. we've got alerts up and down from dover down east. could see 50, 60, mine as much as 80-mile-an-hour gusts in nantucket, across new england and parts of new york. trees will come down, power will go out as we prepare for the
worst storm coming so far this season. david? >> a rough night ahead. rob marciano, our thanks to you, as well. we turn next tonight to the explosive meeting late today at the white house. democratic leaders suddenly walking out after what they say was president trump's meltdown. the president doubling down all day on his decision to suddenly pull u.s. troops out of a key part of syria a week and a half ago. standing by that decision despite what's happened since to u.s. allies, the kurds, who helped the u.s. fight and secure those isis prisoners. the president saying today the kurds are, quote, no angels, saying their fight has nothing to do with us. and now we see the letter president trump wrote to the president of turkey, saying history will look upon you as the devil if good things don't happen. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: today at the white house, president trump defended his decision to abandon the kurds, further distancing himself from america's allies in the fight against isis. >> the kurds know how to fight, and as i said, they're not angels.
they're not angels, if you take a look. >> the yeas are 354. >> reporter: but shortly after the president spoke, the house of representatives, democrats and republicans, overwhelmingly voted to condemn his decision to pull american troops from northern syria. later, congressional leaders went to the white house to discuss syria, but democrats say they were so offended by the way the president spoke, they walked out of the meeting. >> what we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. sad to say. >> he was insulting, particularly to the speaker. she kept her cool completely. but he called her a third-rate politician. a nasty diatribe not focused on the facts. particularly the fact of how to curtail isis, a terrorist organization that aims to hurt the united states in our homeland. >> reporter: on syria, democrats and republicans in congress are largely united in opposition to the president. >> he will have american blood
on his hands if he abandons kurds, because isis will come back. >> reporter: lindsey graham just said of your remarks that you made in the oval office, that if you keep talking like that, quote, this will be a disaster worse than obama's decision to leave iraq. >> no, lindsey graham would like to stay in the middle east for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers fighting other people's wars. >> reporter: tonight, fox news obtained a short letter the president sent turkish president erdogan on the same day turkey launched its offensive against the kurds. "let's work out a good deal," he wrote. "you don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and i don't want to be responsible for destroying the turkish economy -- and i will. history will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. don't be a tough guy. don't be a fool!" >> so, let's get right to jon karl. he's live at the white house tonight. and jon, you're learning that president trump actually gave speaker pelosi a copy of that letter at that meeting late today?
>> reporter: david, the president handed out several copies of the letter. according to a republican member of congress that was there, the speaker took her copy and put it facedown on the table before reading it. the white house gives a much different version of what happened. they say that the president, quote, was measured, factual and decisive and that the speaker's decision to walk out was baffling. they also point out that other democrats at the meeting stayed behind. >> jon karl tonight. thanks, jon. and all of this comes as the impeachment showdown intensifies tonight. all eyes tomorrow on the u.s. ambassador to the eu, expected to testify. gordon sondland was negotiating with ukraine, along with the president's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, even though ukraine is not part of the eu, obviously. it was sondland who wrote in a text to a senior american diplomat, insisting there was no quid pro quo. we now know sondland had talked with the president before he texted that response. i want to get right to mary bruce, she's live on the hill tonight. and mary, the president's top adviser on russia, also already testifying, and you've learned
tonight about what she said about ambassador sondland, who is expected to testify tomorrow? >> reporter: well, david, we learned that the president's former top russia adviser fiona hill believed that ambassador sondland was a potential national security risk, because he was so unprepared for the job. sondland was a former trump mega-donor with no diplomatic experience. hill testified this week that sondland would frequently use his personal cell phone for diplomatic affairs, to potentia leaving him vulnerable and took it upon himself to invite foreign officials to the white house. david, hill was so concerned that she reportedly raised this issue with white house intelligence officials. david? >> mary bruce with us, battling a windy night up there on the hill, and we thank you, mary. next, a controversial deal tonight, a plea deal in an officer-involved shooting. a 73-year-old wife and retired librarian was taking part in a community safety workshop in punta gorda, florida. the officer she was working with shot and killed her. he says he did not know his gun had real bullets. and tonight, her family shocked
to learn that the officer will serve no jail time. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: florida prosecutors have agreed tonight that the former punta gorda police officer, seen here in street clothes during a community demonstration, will serve no jail time for the accidental shooting death of this woman, 73-year-old mary knowlton. her family says it feels like authorities let them down. >> i don't know. it doesn't seem like we got justice. >> reporter: in 2016, the retired librarian was randomly selected from the crowd for this use of force exercise in the parking lot of the police station, where former police officer lee coel was pretending to be the criminal and she the police officer. this is the moment when he fires four shots. they were supposed to be blanks, but they weren't. she died at the hospital. since the accident, police in the department have been blaming each other for the gun safety mistakes. in court today, coel had tears in his eyes. he agreed to ten years of probation, hugged and kissed his wife and then walked away. >> had we gotten an apology from
the police or lee, that would've made a hell of a big difference in how we felt. >> reporter: a police captain resigned and the police chief was eventually fired, but a lieutenant who was also caught up in this remains on the force tonight. david? >> all right, steve, our thanks to you, as well. next, to the latest democratic showdown. the fourth presidential debate and it was clear, elizabeth warren is a front-runner at the top of recent national polls, because the other candidates were taking aim at warren. in particular, on a key issue about taxes. abc's linsey davis was in the debate hall. >> reporter: elizabeth warren was the target of the night, taking incoming fire now that she's leading the pack in new national polls. pressed on her medicare for all plan, she was asked repeatedly, will taxes go up? >> will you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it? yes or no? >> so, i have made clear what my principles are here and that is costs will go up for the wealthy and for big corporations, and for hard working middle class
families, costs will go down. >> a yes or no question that didn't get a yes or no answer. look, this is why people here in the midwest are so frustrated with washington. >> at least bernie's being honest here and saying how he's going to pay for this, and that taxes are going to go up. and i'm sorry, elizabeth, but you have not said that, and i think we owe it to the american people to tell them where we're going to send the invoice. >> the problem we've got right now is the overall cost of health care. and look, you can try to spin this any way you want. i have spent my entire life on working on how america's middle class has been hollowed out and how we fight back. >> senator klobuchar, do you want to respond? >> ah, yes, i do. and i appreciate elizabeth's work. but again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done. >> reporter: vice president biden asked about his son hunter's business dealings in ukraine. >> my son did nothing wrong. i did nothing wrong.
i carried out the policy of the united states government in rooting out corruption in -- in ukraine. >> reporter: but the focus continued to come back to warren, who was pressed to defend her wealth tax. >> my question is not why do bernie and i support a wealth tax, it's why is it does everyone else in the stage think it's more important to protect billionaires than it is to invest in an entire generation? >> i want to give a reality check here to elizabeth, because no one on this stage wants to protect billionaires. not even the billionaire wants to protect billionaires. >> reporter: despite all the dissension, there were two moments of unity. first, on the issue of impeachment, they all agree the president should be impeached. and also as they welcomed senator sanders back to the campaign trail after his heart attack two weeks ago. david? >> he thanked them for their support during that time. all right, linsey, thank you. just back from the debate. to other news tonight, and the american woman, the wife of a diplomat, who accidentally killed a young man while she was driving on the young side of the road.
well, those british parents came to the u.s., to the white house. and president trump then revealed that that american woman was sitting in the next room. they refused to see her, and tonight, their new reaction to being surprised like that. here's terry moran. >> reporter: president trump telling reporters today that bringing the family of harry dunn to the white house was something special. >> my meeting with the family was really -- it was beautiful, in a certain way. >> reporter: but not so much for charlotte charles and tim dunn, who are here in the u.s. seeking justice for their son, harry, killed in a car crash in the uk in august. because when they got to the white house last night, trump had a surprise waiting -- in the next room, ready to meet them, was anne sacoolas, the wife of an american diplomat and the driver involved in that crash. claiming diplomatic immunity, sacoolas left the uk shortly after the crash. it was all too much for the family, and they declined the meeting, as they told cbs news.
>> to be thrown into a room together with no prior warning, that's not good for her mental health, it's certainly not good for ours. >> reporter: president trump saw it differently. >> we met right here in this area and i offered to bring the person in question in and they weren't ready for it. >> reporter: the family want anne sacoolas to return to the uk. president trump gave them no signs that would happen. but he said he'd stay on the case. >> if it was your 19-year-old son, or your son, no matter what age, you would be doing the same as me. and he was holding my hand at the time and he said, "yes, i would," and he said, "maybe we'll try and push this from a different angle." >> reporter: the family of harry dunn will return to the uk at the end of the week. they say they're still willing to meet with anne sacoolas, but with mediators and counselors in britain, not here at the white house. david? >> terry moran live at the white house, as well, tonight. thank you, terry. and there are new images tonight from north korea's state
media making global headlines, showing kim jong-un riding a white horse on a snowy mounthef beinbideon the report that accompanied the photos concluded, quote, there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder. and back here at home tonight, the remarkable rescue on the train tracks in centerville, utah, with mere seconds to spare. the driver was unconscious behind the wheel and on the tracks. the train coming. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, a life saved with seconds to spare. >> we got a train coming. >> reporter: utah state trooper ruben correa racing up that embankment. he was making a traffic stop when the call came in for a car struck on the tracks. the driver unconscious. the train's headlights racing towards the car. >> we got to get out of here. we got a train coming. we got a train coming. he wasn't responding. and i heard the horn from the train. we got a train coming. >> reporter: correa believes the collision threw the car 30 feet down the tracks.
>> i got the driver out. come on. i was within a second of that collision. maybe just a second later it would have been a different outcome. >> reporter: tonight, that trooper being called a hero. david, that driver suffered an unknown medical condition at the time. the trooper says he had no time to think, he was just doing his job. david? >> just remarkable. all right, will, thank you. and there is word tonight of a tentative deal between the united auto workers and general motors to end a month-long strike. union leaders meet in detroit tomorrow to vote on the pact. 48,000 workers walked off the job in part over gm's plans to shut four u.s. plants. no details tonight yet on the terms of the deal. we'll follow it. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the murder at the home of the actor who once played tarzan. authorities revealing a short time ago who was killed. police had arrived on the scene. they shot and killed a second person. what we've now learned tonight. the police officer dragged during a traffic stop. the driver speeding away. the officer's uniform caught on the car. he does survive this.
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