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Public Transportation Disasters

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  • Safety Took A Back Seat At Metro-North

    Somehow, the once-reliable Metro-North Railroad got lackadaisical about safety. The results might have been predicted: •Four major accidents in 2013, including a derailment in Bridgeport in May in which scores were injured. •A fearsome crash...
  • Pothole Peril: Maybe A Lunar Rover Would Help

    The editorial writer drove into the city on Farmington Avenue on Thursday morning, slowly enough to drive around the jagged cavities that dent the thoroughfare. Back and forth he drove around the gaps, in a rhythmic movement that reminded him of the...
  • Feds slam New York's Metro-North rail line for poor safety

    The Metro-North Railroad, where at least five passengers and employees have been killed in less than a year, is plagued by shortfalls in safety operation, a stinging federal report said on Friday. The report, released by the Federal Railroad...
  • 2 dead, more than 20 injured in explosion that thundered through NYC

    2 dead, more than 20 injured in explosion that thundered through NYC
    NEW YORK -- Damian Lopez said he was asleep in his apartment at 9:31 a.m. when he heard thunder. At least he thought it was thunder. "I heard the boom. But it was more like a rumble," said Lopez, who lives at 108th Street and Park Avenue, about eight...
  • Union chief: Operator of CTA train that crashed 'might have dozed off'

    Union chief: Operator of CTA train that crashed 'might have dozed off'
    Federal investigators will focus on whether a CTA train operator fell asleep at the controls and if an automatic braking system was working properly as they seek to pinpoint the cause of a spectacular crash Monday that left a Blue Line car perched atop an...
  • Chicago train derails at O'Hare, jumps onto escalator; 32 injured

    Local and federal officials will investigate what caused a Chicago commuter train to derail Monday morning, run over a platform and scale an escalator at O’Hare International Airport, injuring as many as 32 people. No fatalities were reported,...
  • Family: Man killed in Green Line accident 'loved life'

    Family: Man killed in Green Line accident 'loved life'
    A typical Sunday for Charles Watkins Sr. is spent at church, with donuts, teaching Scripture and listening to his son and namesake play drums in the choir. But this past Sunday, he was instead surrounded by family, mourning the death of 31-year-old...
  • Review: 'A Man Called Destruction' by Holly George-Warren

    Review: 'A Man Called Destruction' by Holly George-Warren
    In 1993, I persuaded the Tribune's then-arts editor to send me to Columbia, Mo., to report on the first show in almost 20 years of a cult band that loomed huge for those of us under its spell. Two University of Missouri undergrads had phoned the ever-...
  • Man injured in fall on Green Line tracks

    Man injured in fall on Green Line tracks
    A 54-year-old man was injured when he fell from a CTA Green Line platform onto the train tracks below Saturday night, authorities said. The man struck his head after falling from the platform of the 35th Street-Bronzeville-IIT station about 8:55 p.m.,...
  • Winter storm: Snow, frigid temperatures punish Eastern U.S. again

    Winter storm: Snow, frigid temperatures punish Eastern U.S. again
    WASHINGTON -- Winter squeezed the Eastern United States on Monday, bringing snow and promising days of frigid temperatures in the region where too many unwanted, icy records have already been set.  Snow began falling in the mid-Atlantic region and the...
  • Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system

    Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system
    WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry pressed lawmakers Thursday to extend a deadline for installing safety measures that were proposed after a 2008 collision involving a Los Angeles commuter train killed 25 people and injured more than 130 others. The...
  • Seven people injured when Metro bus, SUV collide in Winnetka

    Seven people were injured Tuesday evening when an SUV bounced off a concrete road barrier and plowed head-on into a Metro bus in Winnetka, authorities said. The 30-year-old SUV driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Metro...