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Railway Disasters

Railway Disasters
A collection of news and information related to Railway Accidents published by Tribune Company sources. (Photo GETTY IMAGES)
A collection of news and information related to Railway Accidents published by Tribune Company sources. (Photo GETTY IMAGES) « Show less

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  • Amtrak continues to study Susquehanna River bridge's future

    Amtrak continues to study Susquehanna River bridge's future
    Officials with Amtrak are seeking the public's input as they begin a three-year study regarding the refurbishment – or replacement – of their 108-year-old railroad bridge across the Susquehanna River between Harford and Cecil counties....
  • Trains stopped in Aberdeen after pedestrian killed

    Trains stopped in Aberdeen after pedestrian killed
    One person was struck and killed by a CSX freight train Thursday morning in Aberdeen, Harford County fire and CSX officials said. The train struck a person who was on the tracks near West Bel Air Avenue around 6:16 a.m., Melanie Cost, a CSX spokeswoman,...
  • Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., World War II fighter pilot

    Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., World War II fighter pilot
    Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., a World War II P-51 Mustang combat fighter pilot who later commanded the Maryland National Guard's 175th Tactical Fighter Group, died Friday of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. The son of Jesse D....
  • Train traffic disrupted as Amtrak train pulls down power lines near Bowie

    Train traffic disrupted as Amtrak train pulls down power lines near Bowie
    An Amtrak train tore down overhead catenary power lines in an accident near Bowie on Thursday morning, disrupting rail traffic in the area and the commutes of many MARC and Amtrak riders, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Craig Schulz, an...
  • Man killed in Amtrak accident was struck hours before being found

    Man killed in Amtrak accident was struck hours before being found
    By the time the badly-damaged body of George Thomas McAleer was found near Amtrak train tracks in Rosedale, he'd likely been dead for more than eight hours. McAleer, 26, of the 1100 block of Quantril Way in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood of...
  • Traffic: Crash on MD 175 in Fort Meade

    Traffic: Crash on MD 175 in Fort Meade
    A single-vehicle crash on MD 175 in Fort Meade at MD 32 (Savage Road) has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound shoulder at 8:56 a.m. on Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A disabled vehicle on Interstate...
  • Millions approved for automated collision-prevention system on MARC trains

    Millions approved for automated collision-prevention system on MARC trains
    New technology that could stop or slow a train before an accident — reducing the likelihood of operator errors becoming deadly — will be installed on all MARC trains. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $13 million contract on...
  • Fatal crash raises questions about safety of Maryland railroad crossings

    Fatal crash raises questions about safety of Maryland railroad crossings
    Months after a CSX train collided with a truck in Rosedale, triggering an explosion felt around the region, a crash that killed two in Baltimore last week again raised questions about the safety of the state's railroad crossings. Nationally, Maryland...
  • A year later, celebrating the lives lost in train derailment tragedy

    A year later, celebrating the lives lost in train derailment tragedy
    The fence edging Tiber Park along Main Street in Ellicott City is bare now, a far cry from the makeshift memorial of clustered flowers, candles and notes that grew after the CSX train derailment last year that took the lives of two 19-year-old Ellicott...
  • Board of Ed hears concerns about proposed school site in Hanover

    Board of Ed hears concerns about proposed school site in Hanover
    In testimony that they said represented the opinion of many within their community, several Elkridge residents spoke out at a Howard County Board of Education meeting Thursday night against a plan to buy land in Hanover's Oxford Square development as a...
  • Memorial run honors victims of train derailment in Ellicott City

    Memorial run honors victims of train derailment in Ellicott City
    Just blocks from the spot where Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass were killed during a train derailment last summer, about 600 people honored their memory by running a two-mile race through historic Ellicott City Saturday morning. Mayr and Nass, 19-year-...
  • A year after derailment, mourning parents find solace in community

    A year after derailment, mourning parents find solace in community
    One year ago, when one hour of sleep a night was all Mark Mayr could manage in his grief, he set a goal: "I've got to make it through a year." Eventually, sleep returned. But last week, as the first anniversary of his daughter Rose Mayr's death in a...