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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

Top Railway Disasters Articles

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  • Crude oil train accidents prompt NTSB safety recommendations

    After four major crashes involving North American trains transporting crude oil, the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday issued three recommendations intended to protect the public in the event of future derailments, fires and spills. The...
  • Metrolink to replace contractor to avoid train control project delays

    Metrolink to replace contractor to avoid train control project delays
    Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail agency plans to replace a key subcontractor Friday in an attempt to keep on schedule a $211-million, state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The passenger railroad's board of directors is expected to...
  • 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...
  • New York train that derailed was going 82 mph into a 30-mph curve

    New York train that derailed was going 82 mph into a 30-mph curve
    NEW YORK -- A passenger train that derailed in New York City, killing four people, was traveling 82 mph as it entered a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, and the brakes were not fully applied until seconds before the cars came to a stop off the...
  • Bad Year For Metro-North Turns Tragic

    The first two passenger cars in Sunday's Metro-North train crash in The Bronx had red stripes and "State of Connecticut" logos. The pictures should remind this state that the accident could have happened here. It ought to have our full attention. The...
  • New York train was speeding when it derailed

    NEW YORK — A speeding passenger train barreled into a sharp curve about 82 mph when it should have been traveling 30 mph, and there was no attempt to slow down until "very late in the game," investigators said Monday. Four passengers were killed...
  • N.Y. train derailment: Engineer may have 'zoned out' before crash

    N.Y. train derailment: Engineer may have 'zoned out' before crash
    NEW YORK - The brakes on a passenger train that sped into a 30-mph curve at 82 mph were functioning normally, and none of the crew tested positive for alcohol, investigators said Tuesday as attention focused on what the engineer was doing at the time of...
  • N.Y. rail crash: How much safety are railroads willing to pay for?

    When a train derails and people die, as happened Sunday in New York, there are going to be lots of questions. Eventually, there will be answers to most. But will anyone be able to answer this question: How much are the lives of train passengers worth?...
  • New York train crash inquiry focuses on engineer's actions

    NEW YORK — The brakes on a passenger train that sped into a curve at 82 mph before derailing were functioning properly, and the engineer was working his regular shift on a familiar route and should have been fully rested, investigators said...
  • 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...