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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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  • Small town fights big-time truck traffic

    Small town fights big-time truck traffic
    Elwood residents have long tolerated growing tractor-trailer traffic that rattles homes, strains nerves and interrupts funeral processions to the nearby national military cemetery. But with 8,000 big rigs rolling through town each day, many say their...
  • BNSF delays caused by freight train accident, grade crossing collision

    BNSF delays caused by freight train accident, grade crossing collision
    An already difficult morning commute on Metra's Burlington Northern Santa Fe line got worse when a train and a vehicle collided near west suburban Hinsdale, slowing down trains on a line that had been closed earlier because of a freight train accident....
  • Metra back on schedule after accident with Hinsdale bridge

    Metra back on schedule after accident with Hinsdale bridge
    Metra trains on the BNSF line were running normally again through Hinsdale about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon after an accident involving a freight train fouled up commutes for some riders earlier in the day. A freight train Saturday morning struck a...
  • Freight train strikes pedestrian in Lake Forest

    Freight train strikes pedestrian in Lake Forest
    A pedestrian was struck by a freight train in Lake Forest this evening, authorities said. The pedestrian was hit about 7:50 p.m. near Metra's Lake Forest Station, said Michael Gillis, a spokesman for Metra. The incident snarled traffic on the commuter...
  • Blumenthal Says He Will Push For Improved Rail Safety

    WEST HAVEN — Even though Metro-North last year became the symbol of slipshod operations, railroad safety is a growing concern across the country and deserves federal intervention, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday. Setting tougher rules for...
  • Power Company Cancels Contract With Tree-Trimming Firm

    Connecticut Light & Power Co. has ended its contract with a tree-trimming company involved in a train crash Monday and a fatal accident earlier in the month when a worker was killed by a falling branch. "We have canceled our contract with Trees Inc....
  • Metra train strikes pedestrian on Rock Island line

    Metra train strikes pedestrian on Rock Island line
    A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train and critically injured on the South Side this afternoon. The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being struck about 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of West 90th Street and...
  • Man struck, killed by Metra train in La Grange

    Man struck, killed by Metra train in La Grange
    A 66-year-old man was fatally struck by a Metra train as he apparently tried to cross the train tracks in west suburban La Grange on Tuesday evening, authorities said. The man was struck about 7:25 p.m. by an express train headed outbound from Chicago on...
  • Fatal Metrolink accident in Santa Ana shuts tracks

    A Metrolink train fatally struck a person in Santa Ana about 5:45 p.m., leading to the temporary closure of both tracks at the Grand Avenue crossing and affecting service of several trains in the area, a transit agency spokesman said. The victim was...
  • Feds to conduct safety assessment after 'scary' Metra rides

    Feds to conduct safety assessment after 'scary' Metra rides
    The nation’s top railroad official has ordered an investigation of Metra after three incidents over a 10-day span — two in which engineers allegedly were speeding and a third involving a train that reportedly blew through a red stop signal....
  • Metrolink train engine catches fire in Tustin; no injuries reported

    A Metrolink train bound for Laguna Niguel caught fire in Tustin Wednesday morning, but no passengers were injured.  The incident occurred around 9 a.m. when the engine of Metrolink train 811 caught fire after it had departed from the Tustin train...
  • Man hit by freight train, injured in Frankfort

    Man hit by freight train, injured in Frankfort
    A man was struck by a freight train and injured in southwest suburban Frankfort late this afternoon, officials said. The man was taken to Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields in critical condition after he was struck by a Canadian National...