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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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  • House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner

    House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner
    NEW YORK — A U.S. House committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on the deadly Amtrak crash while U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the...
  • 2 dead, at least 20 injured in Germany train crash

    2 dead, at least 20 injured in Germany train crash
    A train hit the trailer of a tractor Saturday at a road crossing in western Germany, killing the train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others, police said. Police spokesman Jochen Laschke said a regional train heading to the small town...
  • Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is slowly falling apart

    Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is slowly falling apart
    The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. Hundreds of miles of...
  • New mystery in Amtrak crash: Was it hit by a flying object?

     New mystery in Amtrak crash: Was it hit by a flying object?
    The FBI has been called in to investigate the possibility that the windshield of an Amtrak train was hit with an object shortly before the train derailed this week in a crash that killed eight people and injured about 200 more. The revelation came at a...
  • Our say: Philadelphia tragedy casts local shadow

    Our say: Philadelphia tragedy casts local shadow
    There's a lot we don't yet understand about Tuesday night's derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional train No. 188 in Philadelphia, which took at least eight lives and injured many more. But we do understand exactly why Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser,...
  • Deadly Amtrak wreck shows safety still dependent on engineer

     Deadly Amtrak wreck shows safety still dependent on engineer
    The deadly Amtrak wreck has made it clear that despite the train industry's widespread use of electronic signals, sensors and warning systems, safety still sometimes comes down to the knowledge and experience of the engineer at the controls. Those...
  • Harris wants answers in Amtrak crash before supporting more funding

    Rep. Andy Harris is open to the possibility that Amtrak needs more money to improve safety along its busy Northeast Corridor. But the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation said he would need more information before supporting such an...
  • Senators Call For Train Safety Improvements; House Committee Plans Hearings

    Senators Call For Train Safety Improvements; House Committee Plans Hearings
    HARTFORD — Saying that a fatal train crash in Philadelphia this week was preventable, Connecticut's two U.S. senators called Friday for increased funding and safety improvements for Amtrak to prevent future tragedies. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal...
  • New Lenox Metra station in 'idea' stage

    New Lenox Metra station in 'idea' stage
    Commuters who use the New Lenox Metra train station have gotten their first glance at what a proposed new station could look like. An initial rendering has been on display at the existing station, but officials say development is still in the...
  • Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia: Their Take

     Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia: Their Take
    Derailment dilemma Two big questions in the aftermath of Tuesday's horrific Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia: Why was Northeast Regional Train 188 going more than 100 mph as it approached a 50 mph curve? Why is it taking so long for America's...
  • SunRail working on train control safety system

    SunRail working on train control safety system
    Like the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, SunRail doesn't have a system to ensure its locomotives don't exceed track speed limits. But a spokesman said Friday that SunRail officials are working on solutions, including the "positive train...