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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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  • The best and worst of Metra's on-time performance

    The best and worst of Metra's on-time performance
    Commuters who took Metra's Electric District Line trains to and from the south suburbs averaged only about one late train a month in 2014, while BNSF Line riders in the west suburbs experienced more than one late train a week. The lines were Metra's...
  • SunRail expansion pushed back to summer 2017

    SunRail expansion pushed back to summer 2017
    The planned SunRail commuter-train expansion south into Osceola County and north to DeLand in Volusia County will be delayed by at least six months, pushing back the projected start date to the summer of 2017. Difficulties in securing $126 million in...
  • Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

    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...
  • Life-saving train design is rarely used

    Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals. Officials with the Metrolink train...
  • Metrolink crash: NTSB to examine lighting, visibility at grade-crossing

    Metrolink crash: NTSB to examine lighting, visibility at grade-crossing
    Federal investigators are examining whether the intersection near Tuesday’s Metrolink crash in Oxnard was "adequately illuminated" in the early-morning darkness, officials said Wednesday.   National Transportation Safety Board investigators are...
  • 13 train cars derail in St. Louis Co., no injuries

    Officials say 13 cars of a Canadian National Railway train have derailed in northeastern Minnesota. St. Louis County authorities say three of nine cars carrying a hazardous compound derailed, but didn't spill any material. No one was hurt. CN Railway...
  • New Metrolink cars' safety features probably reduced casualties

    New Metrolink cars' safety features probably reduced casualties
    Metrolink's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in safety improvements after a series of deadly collisions probably reduced casualties in Tuesday's Oxnard crash, but the accident also highlighted the limits of the ongoing campaign. Three...
  • SunRail to make special weekend runs for soccer match, art festival

    SunRail to make special weekend runs for soccer match, art festival
    The SunRail commuter train will offer its first weekend runs next month for the inaugural match of the Orlando City Soccer Club and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Various civic groups and Florida Hospital will underwrite the operating costs of...
  • 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...
  • NY transit officials review safety after train-car collision

    Transportation officials said Wednesday they are reviewing safety practices at railroad crossings throughout suburban New York including adding warning signs, red-light cameras and sensors that would alert a train of the presence of a vehicle on the...