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Rick Lord Putting the wrong pedal to the metal in California, a slithering surprise at a home in Texas, and a new thrill in Illinois on this USA Update

June 18, 2014
Reporter: Rick Lord


California... an unusual situation in Westlake. A car caught dangling over the side of a parking garage at the St. Vincent Medical Center. The front end of the vehicle was sticking out of the fourth floor garage. Police say the driver of the car accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes. Cables caught the car before it plunged over, and no one was hurt...

Texas... more than a dozen snakes were seized from a home in Houston, and now the owner could face charges. Pythons, boa constrictors and other, smaller snakes were roaming around the house when investigators showed up. It's not clear what the snakes were eating, but some were so big they would require live rabbits or chickens. If the snakes are found to be unhealthy, the owner could be charged with animal cruelty...

Illinois... amusement parks are a summer staple, and Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has a new attraction. The Goliath is the tallest, steepest and fastest wooden coaster in the world. Riders climb to a 165-foot peak before plummeting down at speeds of more than 70 miles an hour. The roller coaster, which also features three over-banked turns, opened to the public today. And with that, the ride is over on this USA Update.

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