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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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  • Inspectors find scores of defects on CSX rails across the state

    Inspectors find scores of defects on CSX rails across the state
    In the days after a train carrying highly flammable oil to Yorktown plunged off its tracks in downtown Lynchburg, dumping 15 cars into the James River and sparking a fire so intense that emergency crews had to simply let it burn itself out, federal...
  • Metra train fatally strikes person in Edgewater

    Metra train fatally strikes person in Edgewater
    A Metra train fatally struck a person early Monday morning in the Edgewater neighborhood. A female, whose age was not available, fell onto the train tracks around 12:55 a.m. near the intersection of North Ravenswood and West Granville avenues, said...
  • MTA Police Say Trespasser Dies After Being Hit By Train Near Fairfield Station

    MTA Police Say Trespasser Dies After Being Hit By Train Near Fairfield Station
    FAIRFIELD — MTA police said a trespasser was struck and killed by a Metro-North train about 8 p.m. Saturday near the Fairfield Metro station. MTA police in the railroad's New Haven-based police office confirmed the fatality but had no other...
  • Backers of maglev train are betting big on a vision that has failed before

    Backers of maglev train are betting big on a vision that has failed before
    The circle of political power brokers and deep-pocketed investors hatched their plan more than three years ago, seeing promise in a project deemed wildly unrealistic by some and stubbornly unattainable by others. With billions in backing from the...
  • Train horns should not be a bother

    I read with interest of another train/auto tragedy — this time in Pembroke Park. I wonder what percentage of these incidents occur at railroad crossings that have hornless trains? It seems that saving lives and reducing accidents should be the...
  • CSX sues producers of 'Midnight Rider'

    CSX sues producers of 'Midnight Rider'
    Legal troubles mounted for the producers of "Midnight Rider" this week as railroad company CSX Transportation sued the filmmakers, claiming that they illegally filmed on its tracks where a train collided with the crew earlier this year. CSX said in a...
  • Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train in North Hollywood

    Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train in North Hollywood
    A pedestrian was killed in North Hollywood early Friday after being struck a Metrolink train traveling on the Ventura line, authorities said. The pedestrian was hit in the 7200 block of Lankershim Boulevard at 7:46 a.m., said Lt. Mike Mendoza. There...
  • Man pulls driver from van stuck on tracks seconds before train hits in Hollywood

    Man pulls driver from van stuck on tracks seconds before train hits in Hollywood
    A man whose van became stuck on train tracks in Hollywood was pulled to safety by a stranger Friday night seconds before a freight train hit the car. Jose Anez, 43, was driving on Dixie Highway with his family around 7:30 p.m. when he saw a man...
  • Man pulled from van 'didn't even know there was a train coming'

    Man pulled from van 'didn't even know there was a train coming'
    Michael Patrick said the most frightening thing about almost being hit by a train is that he wasn't even aware one was coming. "I've got tears in my eyes," he said. "It scares the hell out of me to think that I was that close to dying. I'm scared now....
  • Car and Amtrak train collide in Pembroke Park

    Car and Amtrak train collide in Pembroke Park
    A woman was taken to a hospital Thursday with injuries that were not life-threatening at the scene of a collision between a small, empty car and an Amtrak train on Pembroke Road, a fire official said. It could have been much worse. The driver, Margarita...
  • CTA to replace train-damaged O'Hare escalator next year

    CTA to replace train-damaged O'Hare escalator next year
    Arriving next year at the CTA O'Hare stop: a new escalator. The CTA plans to replace the escalator damaged in March when a Blue Line train derailed and crashed into the platform. Thirty-two people were injured in the accident, and the operator of the...