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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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  • Railroad: Freight train hits parked train in New Mexico

    A freight train struck another train head-on early Tuesday in southeastern New Mexico, killing one crew member on the moving train and injuring a second, a railroad official said. The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m. on a siding — a short...
  • Letters: Baltimore riots; Arc funding; Same-sex marriage

    Letters: Baltimore riots; Arc funding; Same-sex marriage
    Baltimore riots On Monday night my wife and I were watching the horrific rioting on the news. We could not believe what we were seeing! My wife remarked that she will never want to go to Baltimore again. I wonder how many others are feeling the same...
  • NTSB report: Blue Line crash shows CTA should update, add safety systems

    A decades-old CTA safety system that can trigger a train's brakes in an emergency should be replaced by smart technology that detects potential danger much earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as part of its report into the...
  • Thumbs Up In Memory Of Civic-Minded Developer

    Thumbs Up In Memory Of Civic-Minded Developer
    Thumbs up to the memory of Phil Schonberger, the developer, civic leader and arts patron who died last week of a heart attack at 61. Mr. Schonberger once described himself as a "revenant," someone who comes back after a long absence. That description...
  • Chicago transit agency blamed for airport train derailment

    Chicago's transit agency shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a driver fell asleep and crashed a commuter train into a platform and up an escalator at O'Hare airport, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. And they warned that, without...
  • Man killed by Metra train in Wilmette

    Man killed by Metra train in Wilmette
    Union Pacific North Line Metra trains were beginning to move after a train fatally struck a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon in Wilmette, Metra officials said. Outbound trains scheduled to leave the Ogilvie Transportation Center are beginning to move as...
  • Wolf hires specialist to assess risk of oil train accident

    Gov. Tom Wolf has hired a specialist in railroad engineering and safety to help limit the risk of a potential oil train derailment on Pennsylvania's rail freight system. Wolf's administration said Tuesday that the hiring of Allan Zarembski of the...
  • NICTD reviewing response to Monday accident

    NICTD reviewing response to Monday accident
    A spokesman for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District said it's assessing its response to a freight train accident Monday night that left South Shore Railroad commuters stranded for hours at the Kensington Metra station in Chicago. A shipping...
  • 1 person killed in train collision in South Africa

    Two passenger trains collided south of Johannesburg on Tuesday, killing the conductor of one of the trains and injuring 241 people, rescue workers said. The driver of one of the trains was declared dead at the scene, said a spokesman for ER24 emergency...
  • NTSB to determine cause of CTA train accident at O'Hare

    The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting Tuesday to determine what caused a Chicago Transit Authority train to jump the tracks and scale an escalator at O'Hare International Airport last year. The dramatic derailment happened just before 3...
  • The urgent need to bolster tank car safety standards

    In 2013, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded. In 2014, a train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Va., sending three flaming tank cars into the James River and forcing evacuations of...