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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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  • Elderly man injured after being hit by train in Valparaiso

    Elderly man injured after being hit by train in Valparaiso
    An elderly man was transported to the trauma center at Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus Wednesday morning after a westbound train struck his car. According to Valparaiso police, who are not releasing his name and did not have an update on his...
  • Wife of truck driver in Metrolink crash says he was grieving for child

    Wife of truck driver in Metrolink crash says he was grieving for child
    The wife of the driver who was arrested after his truck was hit by a Metrolink train, which then derailed, defended her husband and said the couple was grieving over the recent death of their daughter. Lucila Sanchez said her husband, Jose Alejandro...
  • California train crash: Engineer 'touch and go,' heart stopped twice

    California train crash: Engineer 'touch and go,' heart stopped twice
    The train operator severely injured in Tuesday's Metrolink crash is clinging to life after his heart stopped twice on Wednesday. A day after the commuter train barreled into a heavy-duty pickup truck in Oxnard and derailed, the engineer was among...
  • Lawyer: Trucker tried to drive off tracks, ran for his life

    Lawyer: Trucker tried to drive off tracks, ran for his life
    A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday. Jose Alejandro...
  • Plan to bridge dangerous Metrolink crossing stalled by lack of money

    Plan to bridge dangerous Metrolink crossing stalled by lack of money
    A proposed $30-million to $35-million grade separation project that would have prevented Tuesday's crash of a Metrolink commuter train in Oxnard has been delayed for years by a lack of money, officials said Wednesday. The planned overpass project, which...
  • Oxnard train derailment still a mystery to investigators

    Oxnard train derailment still a mystery to investigators
    It was dark early Tuesday morning when Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez drove his truck along a narrow road that parallels train tracks in the farmlands of Oxnard. Somehow, Sanchez-Ramirez — a farm equipment repairman newly arrived in Ventura County...
  • Truck driver who caused California derailment arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run

    Truck driver who caused California derailment arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run
    A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup after the truck's driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. There was a loud boom and the screech of brakes before...
  • Metrolink crash: New cars kept it from being 'tremendously worse'

    Metrolink crash: New cars kept it from being 'tremendously worse'
    In Tuesday’s crash of a Metrolink commuter train in Oxnard, the railroad’s new passenger cars, which represent the state of the art in safety design, performed well, officials say. The collision was, however, the fourth serious accident...
  • Riding the commuter rails, an act of faith and denial

    Riding the commuter rails, an act of faith and denial
    Riding an American commuter train is a minor act of faith — or at least of psychological sublimation. A passenger must manage to forget the reality of being aboard a cannonball traveling up to 79 miles per hour. It can take half a mile to bring a...
  • Collisions on I-695 inner loop, outer loop

    Collisions on I-695 inner loop, outer loop
    A collision on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Arbutus at Southwestern Boulevard closed the left travel lane and left shoulder at 8:26 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A two-vehicle collision with injury on...
  • West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

     West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river
    A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into a river, igniting at least 14 in all and sending a fireball hundreds of feet into the sky, officials...