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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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  • NTSB drops rail union from N.Y. commuter crash probe

    The National Transportation Safety Board has dropped the union representing rail workers as a participant in the probe into Sunday’s Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx. The move came after the union's chief publicly...
  • Engineer of derailed New York commuter train suspended

    The engineer of a Manhattan-bound commuter train that derailed and killed four passengers has been suspended without pay, officials said Thursday. William Rockefeller was at the controls of the Metro-North train that was speeding at 82 mph through a...
  • Durbin asks Metra to 'clarify' position on safety system

    Durbin asks Metra to 'clarify' position on safety system
    Sen. Dick Durbin today is calling on Metra to clarify its position on implementing a safety system that experts say would have prevented two serious Metra derailments in 2003 and 2005 and possibly the fatal crash Sunday on a commuter rail line in New York...
  • Sen. Feinstein: New York train crash shows safety goals must be met

    WASHINGTON – After New York’s deadly train derailment, Congress should hold firm to a 2015 deadline for railroads to install systems that will automatically slow down or stop trains if engineers exceed speed limits or are on a collision course...
  • Feds order tougher safety measures after New York train derailment

    Responding to the deadly crash of a commuter train that was speeding through a difficult turn in the Bronx, the Federal Railroad Administration on Friday ordered the rail line to modify its signal system to ensure that speed limits are obeyed. The...
  • Letters: Rail safety? Simple.

    Re "Train crash 'preventable,' senator says," Dec. 6 Reporting on last week's train derailment in New York, the article says, "Officials have said that [engineer] William Rockefeller apparently went into a daze shortly before the train sped into a 30-...
  • NTSB: Fatal N.Y. train crash avoidable with recommended technology

    NEW YORK -- A train derailment that killed four passengers could have been averted if the train had been equipped with recommended technology to automatically slow speeding trains, federal investigators said in the latest push to pressure railroads to...
  • Woman hit by train on Northwest Side

    Woman hit by train on Northwest Side
    A 56-year-old woman was hit by a train on the Northwest Side about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.  She was hit in the 2000 block of North Narraganset Avenue, near the Galewood stop of Metra's Milwaukee District West line.  She was taken to Loyola University...
  • A Year For Rebuilding State's Infrastructure

    A Year For Rebuilding State's Infrastructure
    First, the good news. People here are taking trains. Both Amtrak (31.6 million passengers) and Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Division (38.8 million riders) set new records in their latest reporting periods. Now the bad news. Four people were killed...
  • Man struck and killed by Metrolink train in Simi Valley

    An unidentified man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Monday evening in Simi Valley, according to police and Metrolink officials. Police received a call about 5:15 p.m. that a pedestrian had been hit by a train traveling parallel to Cochran...
  • Explosive oil train collision triggers evacuation in North Dakota

    Explosive oil train collision triggers evacuation in North Dakota
    A small town in North Dakota was being partially evacuated Monday evening after a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a large fire and explosions, according to the local sheriff's department. No injuries have been reported,...
  • Train in Alabama oil spill was carrying 2.7 million gallons of crude

    A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials. The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail...