Three people were injured after a large box truck toppled off of a freeway ramp and crash-landed on at the scene of an earlier accident on a Los Angeles County highway.
The chaotic crash occurred amid commuter traffic around 7:30 a.m. Friday on the interchange between the 14 and 5 Freeways in Santa Clarita while the roadways were soaked with rain, KABC reported.
A commuter who was filming the first crash, which involved a semi-truck and an SUV.
The semi-truck can be seen overturned on its side as a black SUV is pinned up against a wall. At least two law enforcement vehicles can be seen responding to the scene and blocking off traffic in the left lane.
Suddenly, a box truck advertising Toyo Tires traveling above the crash flips over the guardrail and violently lands upside-down right on top of the already mangled vehicles.
Tommy Dorado, who filmed the crash, told KABC he was worried that the first responders at the scene may have been hurt.
“At first I was in shock,” he said. “I was in disbelief. I honestly couldn’t believe I was witnessing something like that firsthand.”
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No first responders were injured, county fire officials confirmed, but two people were transported to local hospitals after the box truck fell over and another person was taken to the hospital from the earlier crash.
Nobody was in the SUV or the semi-truck when the box-truck landed on them, officials said.
The incident was actually the third in a series of crashes at the location. The first crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. Thursday night when a semi truck jackknifed, and left its trailer hanging over the side of the road.
Around 6:30 a.m. the SUV and semi-truck, along with one or more other passenger vehicles, crashed, spilling roughly 40 gallons of fuel onto the road, officials said. Cleanup crews responded to the site.
Then at 7:24, the box-truck flew off of the upper roadway onto the second crash scene.
The CHP told KABC that weather does not appear to have been a factor in the crashes.
The knife-wielding madman accused of fatally stabbing two people on the Last Vegas Strip — including a showgirl — was found mentally unfit to stand trial, The Post has confirmed.
A Las Vegas judge on Friday ruled Yoni Barrios, 32, must remain at a state psychiatric facility until a court-appointed psychiatrist can determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial, according to court records.
Barrios was charged with two counts of open murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of attempted murder in the senseless broad-daylight attack on October 6.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said Barrios stabbed showgirl Maris Digiovanni in the heart and bystander Brent Hallet with a kitchen knife near the Wynn hotel.
According to a police report obtained by The Post, Barrios went into the Wynn looking for a job. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Barrios, a Guatemalan national, was in the country illegally.
Police said Barrios spoke to a security guard at the Wynn and said he wanted to sell the knives he had in his possession so he could obtain some money to go back to his country.
The guard told him to “jump in front of a train,” according to the police report.
An enraged Barrios then approached the showgirls, later telling police they laughed and made fun of his clothing.
“Barrios said he became angry and stabbed one of the women [Digiovanni] in the chest after which he began stabbing the other women in the group as they ran away,” the police report said.
“Barrios started running and looking for groups of people so he could ‘let the anger out.’”
If the court determines Barrios is competent, the criminal case will proceed.
Republican lawmakers called Twitter’s suppression of The Post’s groundbreaking Hunter Biden laptop story the “tipping point” of big tech shortly after the social media giant’s censorship.
The remarks, revealed in internal emails made public Friday, and shared by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, came after 12 congressional members, including nine GOPers, were informally polled by NetChoice, a lobbying firm for major tech companies including Twitter, Meta, TikTok, and Google shortly after the exposé was censored.
“High level takeaway — every Republican said, ‘This is a tipping point. It’s just too much,’” NetChoice boss Carl Szabo told Twitter’s public policy chief Lauren Culbertson in an email, warning her that the social media company could be in for a “blood bath” in congressional hearings, according to the internal email obtained by journalist Matt Taibbi.
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“Tech is screwed and rightfully so,” one of the lawmaker’s staffers is quoted as saying in an email.
The identities of the politicians or their staffers were not revealed, but the email claimed they ranged from House Judiciary Committee members to Rep. Judy Chu’s office.
Days after the story was published in October 2020, Carl Szabo, the head of NetChoice, told Twitter public policy chief Lauren Culbertson that his group polled 12 members of Congress, nine Republicans and three Democrats, from “the House Judiciary Committee to Rep. Judy Chu’s office.”
“High level take away – every Republican said ‘this is a tipping point. It’s just too much.’ And both Democrats and Republicans were angry,” NetChoice told Twitter officials on Oct. 14, 2020.
The trade association noted that lawmakers were frustrated that big tech companies had “grown so big that they can’t even regulate themselves, so government may need to intervene.”
Szabo also informed Culbertson that Twitter’s decision to censor the laptop story was being viewed as “tech’s Access Hollywood moment,” a reference to the jaw-dropping audio of then-candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments on the show “Access Hollywood” back in 2005 that was revealed weeks before the 2016 election.
“It’s tech’s Access Hollywood moment and it has no Hillary to hide behind,” Szabo wrote, quoting a congressional staffer.
“Tech is screwed and rightfully so,” another hill staffer told NetChoice, which Szabo passed along to Twitter.
Szabo also relayed that some Democratic lawmakers viewed Twitter’s action as anti-free speech, saying that some wanted “more” moderation and calling the Bill of Rights “not absolute.”
Also revealed Friday, one left-leaning Democratic congressman warned another top Twitter exec that it’s censorship of The Post’s expose was a clear “first amendment violation” that would “generate a huge backlash,” Elon Musk’s internal probe revealed.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) reached out to Twitter exec Vijaya Gadde, in the aftermath of its decision to censor the reporting, expressing his concern that the platform was suppressing free speech.
The communications between top Twitter officials and outside groups, including lawmakers, were revealed in a lengthy Twitter thread of information fed by Musk to independent journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday.
“Generating huge backlash on the hill re free speech,” Khanna said in an email to Vijaya Gadde, the former head of Legal, Policy, and Trust at Twitter.
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Khanna offers to get on a call with Gadde and discuss the situation, but instead he receives a reply explaining Twitter’s policy on “hacked materials,” and nothing that would assuage the Democrat’s free speech concerns.
“We put out a clarifying thread on Twitter earlier this evening to explain our policy about the posting of private information and linking directly to hacked materials,” Gadde says in part of her email to Khanna.
“This seems a violation of the 1st amendment principles,” Khanna responds, more bluntly stating the concerns of some lawmakers.
Khanna echoed the sentiments shared with Gadde in a Friday night statement to The Post.
“I believe our Constitution and First Amendment are sacred. As the congressman who represents Silicon Valley, I felt Twitter’s actions were a violation of First Amendment principles so I raised those concerns,” said Khanna.
“Our democracy can only thrive if we are open to a marketplace of ideas and engaging with people with whom we disagree,” he added.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany welcomed a new member to her family Tuesday — a baby boy named Nash.
“[Sean Gilmartin] & I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Nash! What a truly joyful time. God has blessed us immensely!” McEnany, co-host of Fox News’ daytime show “Outnumbered,” said Thursday.
McEnany shared images of Nash swaddled in a blue elephant-patterned outfit. His big sister, 3-year-old Blake, sat beside the newborn wearing a matching set, though hers was peppered with pink elephants.
“Mom and dad are both doing great and Nash is already a hit with his big sister Blake,” Compagno said before reciting a Bible verse.
“These kids hit the genetic lottery. You have Kayleigh, whose so beautiful and so smart and her husband whose so handsome and a professional athlete. These kids are going to take over the world,” Fox and Friends First hot Carley Shimkus, who joined the cast Friday, said.
“Most importantly they’re in a home of faith,” Compagno responded.
McEnany jumped back into political discourse in the days following the delivery to comment on Elon Musk’s revelation that Twitter was suppressing posts linking to The Post’s 2020 Hunter Biden laptop story.
“I get to explain to my daughter who @elonmusk is & how he has fought for free speech for me and millions of others. #TwitterFiles,” McEnany wrote.”
The journalist and author behind the so-called “The Twitter Files” that revealed the social media giant’s extreme steps to censor The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop scoop hinted about the “explosive” thread Thursday night and told his followers the four days leading up to the series of tweets were a “whirlwind.”
Matt Taibbi, known for his brazen, irreverent writing style that often ruffles feathers, was unmasked Friday night as the source of the damning Twitter censorship revelations that he backed up with insider sourcing and a series of redacted company emails.
Leading up to Friday, Musk had teased the release of details on how Twitter worked to squash The Post’s story but didn’t specify where the information would come from — or who would share it.
Taibbi, who boasts over 30,000 paid subscribers on his Substack, TK News, according to NY Magazine, told his followers Thursday night that he’d written “a unique and explosive story” that would not be published on the platform first but instead be tweeted because he “had to agree to certain conditions.”
“Those of you who’ve been here for years know how seriously I take my obligation to this site’s subscribers. On this one occasion, I’m going to have to simply ask you to trust me. As it happens, there may be a few more big surprises coming, and those will be here on Substack. And there will be room here to discuss this, too, in time,” he wrote.
“It’s been a whirlwind 96 hours for me, too,” he concluded at the end of the thread. “There is much more to come, including answers to questions about issues like shadow-banning, boosting, follower counts, the fate of various individual accounts, and more. These issues are not limited to the political right.”
It’s not clear how or why Taibbi, 52, obtained the sensitive documents from Twitter that he included in the series of tweets or if Musk personally tapped him to publish the story on his newly acquired platform.
The post included redacted emails from former Twitter employees and revealed communications the social media giant responding to a request “from the Biden team” during the run-up to the 2020 election shortly after the Post’s Hunter Biden story was published.
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He said the social media company “took extraordinary steps to suppress” The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story, removing links to the expose shared by users and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.”
In recent years, Taibbi, an author of several books, including four New York Times bestsellers, has been outspoken in his criticism of mainstream media, particularly toward liberal-leaning outlets.
He described his politics to NY Magazine last year as a “run-of-the-mill, old-school ACLU liberal,” noting his admiration for Bernie Sanders.
“The only thing I would say that’s different about my political thinking — and it has nothing to do with policy and politics — suddenly I’m getting along better with people who are Republicans,” he told the magazine.
Taibbi’s works have mercilessly attacked economic and criminal injustice among other issues.
In 2007, he won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary while writing for Rolling Stone, where he remains a contributing editor and has been likened to the magazine’s former Gonzo star, Hunter S. Thompson.
His 2010 Rolling Stone article “The Great American Bubble Machine” famously described Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”
Musk confirmed that Twitter would host a Q&A session on Taibbi’s report tomorrow, although he did not say when. It’s not clear if Taibbi will be answering questions.
On Thursday, Taibbi claimed victory at the annual Munk Debates in Toronto, in which he and conservative commentator and Post columnist Douglas Murray faced off against author Malcolm Gladwell and New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg in a debate over whether the media can be trusted.
Taibbi and Murray convinced a record-breaking margin of the audience at the annual event to abandon the idea that media can be free of bias, The National Review reported.
“Be it resolved: don’t trust the mainstream media,” Taibbi said during his opening remarks to start the debate.
“I grew up in the press. My father was a reporter. My stepmother was a reporter. My godparents were reporters. Every adult I knew growing up seemed to be in media. I love the news business. It’s in my bones. But I mourn for it. It’s destroyed itself.”
Taibbi argued that the mainstream media has bailed on its pledge to neutrality in favor of catering to a smaller, like-minded audience that stayed faithful to traditional media after technology completely changed the advertising industry, according to the National Review.
One of the high-level Twitter executives who reportedly played “a key role” in the company’s decision to censor The Post’s bombshell story on Hunter Biden’s laptop has a long history of being accused of suppressing conservative voices.
Twitter’s former top lawyer Vijaya Gadde was singled out in an explosive Twitter thread on Friday by independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who purportedly obtained communications between top officials at the social media company in the wake of The Post’s October 2020 story on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
“The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role,” Taibbi wrote after reviewing internal company communications for a report he dubbed “The Twitter Files.”
Gadde has long been derided by conservatives as the company’s “chief censor.”
New Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk has criticized her in the past, accusing her of blocking The Post’s Hunter Biden coverage even before Friday’s revelations.
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She was reportedly the main force behind the decision to permanently ban then-President Donald Trump from the platform after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
The 48-year-old Gadde, who earned $17 million in salary at the company last year, broke down in tears in April when addressing colleagues about the future of Twitter once Musk moved to takeover the company.
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley pointed out on Twitter at the time that the tearful Gadde was “the same one who led the charge to censor the Hunter Biden laptop reporting. Says it all.”
Lara Cohen, Twitter’s then head of global partners, responded to the flood of online criticism against Gadde by accusing Musk of “misogyny.”
During her tenure, Gadde also reportedly presided over decisions to ban other right-wing figures from Twitter, such as provocateur Milo Yiannapolis and self-described journalist Charles “Chuck” Johnson.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, Sens. Rand Paul and Josh Hawley, and the House Republican’s official Twitter account all called the company after Elon Musk shared the so-called “Twitter Files” — detailing the company’s faulty rationale to block the Post’s Oct. 14, 2020 expose.
“We’re learning in real-time how Twitter colluded to silence the truth about Hunter Biden’s laptop just days before the 2020 presidential election,” tweeted McCarthy.
In the same tweet, McCarthy vowed that when House Republicans officially take majority control of the lower chamber they “will get answers for the American people and the accountability they deserve.”
“This is what collusion looks like,” read a tweet from the House Republicans’ Twitter account. Their tweet was in reference to revelations that “the Biden team” asked the company on Oct. 24, 2020 to delete a series after the Post published the Hunter Biden story. It was unclear what the since-deleted tweets said.
The social media company had flagged tweets sharing the story as “unsafe” and originally censored the scoop after some top-level execs decided to label the story as “hacked material” without any evidence.
Sen. Josh Hawley tweeted Friday: “Here we have it – Dem lawmakers pressing @Twitter for MORE censorship to advance their political agenda, First Amendment be damned. They’re still at it. This is why Dems love monopoly power.”
And Sen. Rand Paul urged everyone to read the damning details released on Twitter Friday night by independent journalist Matt Taibbi.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shared a video of then-President Donald Trump calling Joe Biden a “criminal” for the revelations revealed by his son’s 2020 laptop and said the media is complicit for not reporting on Biden’s corruption.
“We know it was and we knew all along. And so did they, which is why they broke laws to hide it all. But now the laptop is in our possession. They are criminals. Trump was right all along and will be vindicated,” the Georgia politician said.
Greene called “Twittergate” an early Christmas present and called for House Republicans to investigate potential election interference in the 2020 race, alleging that the information impression extended into other social platforms and media outlets beyond Twitter.
Caitlyn Jenner even joined the leagues of Republican leaders to condemn Twitter Friday night.
“Big tech monopolies violating constitutional rights, being weaponized against conservatives, and acting as a shield for the Biden family, truly changed the election result in favor of Biden. Insane! We demand accountability to these corrupt actors! Indict them!” the former California gubernatorial candidate said in a series of tweets condemning the scheme.
Jenner, who has consistently come out in support of Donald Trump, quipped that President Biden’s team resorted to “treason” to win the 2020 election.
She also tweeted hopes that Elon Musk, who collaborated with independent journalist Matt Taibbi to release the “Twitter Files,” was surrounded by massive security because he “became public enemy number one to some very very bad people.”
Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, hopped on Twitter the day after giving birth to her second child to claim vindication.
“I get to explain to my daughter who @elonmusk is & how he has fought for free speech for me and millions of others. #TwitterFiles,” McEnany wrote, referencing an October 2020 tweet of her and her baby deleting a tweet together.
At the time, McEnany had been locked out of her account in the weeks before the election.
“One day I will explain to her what censorship is and why she had to unjustly delete Mommy’s tweet in order to speak!” McEnany wrote then.
According to Musk, “episode two” of the Twitter Files will be released Saturday.
Hunter Biden’s past employer, law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, received $10 million in forgiven pandemic loans from the federal government — while donating nearly $1 million to Democratic candidates, an independent investigation has found.
Of 300 top law firms investigated by transparency nonprofit Open the Books, Boies took the single-biggest loan, $10.14 million, from the Paycheck Protection Program, established by the Trump administration in 2020 to help mom-and-pop businesses survive the pandemic. The loan was forgiven in 2021.
Meanwhile, the firm — headed by longtime Joe Biden donor David Boies — billed $480 million to clients in 2020 and 2021, and equity partners each earned $4.5 million.
Boies partners and employees donated nearly $1 million in federal campaign cash during the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, including $213,966 to Biden’s presidential campaign.
First son Hunter Biden became “of counsel” at the Boies firm in 2010, earning $216,000 annually for a “no-show” job that did not require him to keep regular office hours or attend meetings.
Prince William rubbed shoulders with the Kennedys in Boston on Friday — as his wife Kate flew solo at Harvard University on the third day of their whirlwind US trip.
The Prince of Wales, 40, was spotted shaking hands with Caroline Kennedy and her children, Jack and Tatiana Schlossberg, as he arrived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum just after noon.
At one point of a tour of the library, Caroline Kennedy stopped to point out a signed photograph of the late Queen Elizabeth II, which had been given to President Kennedy and wife Jackie when they visited Buckingham Palace in 1961.
“There’s the one from your grandmother,” she could be heard telling the heir to the British throne.
William responded: “Oh yeah, 1961.”
Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales, also 40, carried out a solo appearance at Harvard University where she was greeted by cheers of “we love you Kate.”
The beaming mom-of-three donned a navy Emilia Wickstead houndstooth dress as she toured the school’s Center on the Developing Child, which has partnered with her own Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
Kate, who was armed with a black notebook filled with ideas and questions, spoke with researchers about the advances in science that can aid in a child’s future.
She was also spotted signing Harvard’s guest book, which her father-in-law, King Charles III, also signed 36 years earlier during his own tour.
Outside, Kate briefly greeted fans and posed for selfies with some.
“She thanked us for coming out in the cold,” said Allison Morgan, a royal fan who traveled from Williamsburg, Virginia, to catch a glimpse of the princess.
“I’m a huge fan of the royals. My mum was a fan of Diana and my grandmother a fan of the Queen. It is a family tradition.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales were scheduled to reunite late Friday for a meet-and-greet with President Biden, who will also be in Boston.
The couple is then scheduled to attend the glitzy Earthshot Prize ceremony at the MGM Music Hall — complete with performances by Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding, and Chloe x Halle.
It is the royal couple’s first trip to the US since 2014 — and the first international once since Queen Elizabeth’s death in September.
After attending a welcome event Wednesday at City Hall and then a Boston Celtics game, the royal couple spent much of Thursday hearing about the threats of climate change and solutions in the works.
They later spent time at a nonprofit that helps young people stay out of jail and away from violence.
The beginning of their trip was marred by the release of the trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming Netflix documentary on Thursday.
A palace insider told Page Six they believe the Sussexes were trying to “disrupt and clash” with William and Kate’s US visit.