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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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  • Empty cardboard box near Aurora caused BNSF Metra delay Tuesday

    Empty cardboard box near Aurora caused BNSF Metra delay Tuesday
    An empty cardboard box was the cause of a two-hour Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Metra train delay during rush hour Tuesday evening. Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Andy Williams said a resident reported seeing a suspicious package on the tracks by...
  • Bottles fly as tractor-trailer tries beating train through Allentown crossing

    Bottles fly as tractor-trailer tries beating train through Allentown crossing
    A tractor-trailer was hit by a train Thursday morning in south Allentown after the trucker apparently tried to beat the train through the train crossing, city police said. The 9:24 a.m. collision destroyed the truck's load, sending thousands of empty...
  • Grant Park skate park to open on Dec. 6

    Grant Park skate park to open on Dec. 6
    A three-acre skate park will open in Grant Park on Saturday, providing a place for skateboarders, BMX riders, inline skaters and scooter riders to coexist and practice stunts, and tricks. The Chicago Park District, Grant Park Advisory Council and...
  • Father of boy, 11, hit by Metra train: 'I thank God that he let him live'

    Father of boy, 11, hit by Metra train: 'I thank God that he let him live'
    Alex Zepeda was running late for school and couldn't wait any longer for his mother to take him. Worried about a project that was due, the 11-year-old dashed out the door hoping to catch up with the school bus that had just passed his home in Blue Island...
  • Strangers reach out to help family of boy, 11, hit by Metra train

    Strangers reach out to help family of boy, 11, hit by Metra train
    The father of an 11-year-old boy who lost a leg when he was struck by a Metra train while chasing a school bus said Friday he is grateful for the generosity of strangers who have reached out to help the cash-strapped family just weeks before Christmas....
  • H.B. man injured, cited in crash at railroad crossing

    A Huntington Beach man was cited for what police said was driving under the influence after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a metal pole. Safety officials responded to the area of McFadden Avenue and Huntington Village Lane at about 11:30 p.m....
  • Authorities identify pedestrian fatally struck by train in Oakland Park

    Authorities identify pedestrian fatally struck by train in Oakland Park
    The Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday identified Gemayel Prince Walker as the pedestrian who was fatally struck by a Tri-Rail train Nov. 26 in Oakland Park. Investigators identified the 31-year-old using a passport found near his body on the tracks,...
  • Four people stabbed on Amtrak train from Chicago to Michigan

    Four people stabbed on Amtrak train from Chicago to Michigan
    Four people were stabbed Friday night by a man on an Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, police in Niles, Mich., confirmed. The stabbings happened on Train 364 when it was at the Niles train station about 7 p.m., said Kimberly Woods, an...
  • Cops: Sex offender failed to register, played with woman's hair on Metra

    Cops: Sex offender failed to register, played with woman's hair on Metra
    A convicted sex offender who had failed to register was charged with touching a woman’s neck and hair while they rode a Metra train earlier this week, officials said Saturday. Michael G. Russo, 55, who prosecutors said was homeless, was ordered...
  • Family says Amtrak stabbing suspect is Army vet, has mental health issues

    Family says Amtrak stabbing suspect is Army vet, has mental health issues
    Family of the man ordered held on $1 million bail in the stabbing of four people on a Chicago to Port Huron, Mich., Amtrak train said Saturday that the man has mental health issues and should have been hospitalized. Michael Darnell Williams, whose last...
  • Amtrak: Delays up, ridership down in Illinois

    Amtrak: Delays up, ridership down in Illinois
    Amtrak ridership dropped an average of 4 percent in Illinois on downstate corridors with connections to Chicago in fiscal 2014, the passenger railroad reported Tuesday, putting much of the blame on late arrivals and departures caused by freight train...