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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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  • CTA: Truck tire on the tracks leads to minor derailment of Blue Line train on West Side

    CTA: Truck tire on the tracks leads to minor derailment of Blue Line train on West Side
    Officials said a Forest Park bound Blue Line CTA train derailed slightly after the train hit an automobile tire that somehow ended up on the tracks. The incident happened at about 7:40 p.m. when the train had just left the Cicero station on the West...
  • Metro-North Working To Get On Track To Recovery

    Metro-North Working To Get On Track To Recovery
    In a drive to make spring a turnaround season for their troubled railroad, Metro-North senior managers are stepping up the pace of safety improvements and conducting a "listening tour" to hear complaints firsthand from commuters. Staffers have spent...
  • Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., World War II fighter pilot

    Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., World War II fighter pilot
    Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., a World War II P-51 Mustang combat fighter pilot who later commanded the Maryland National Guard's 175th Tactical Fighter Group, died Friday of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. The son of Jesse D....
  • Safety Took A Back Seat At Metro-North

    Somehow, the once-reliable Metro-North Railroad got lackadaisical about safety. The results might have been predicted: •Four major accidents in 2013, including a derailment in Bridgeport in May in which scores were injured. •A fearsome crash...
  • Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

    Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal...
  • Man killed by Metrolink train in Van Nuys

    An eastbound Metrolink train struck and killed a man a mile before the Van Nuys station late Friday afternoon, an agency official said. The incident, reported by the train crew at 4:43 p.m., occurred in an area where pedestrians are prohibited,...
  • Oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Va., raises safety questions

    A train hauling crude oil that derailed Wednesday near downtown Lynchburg, Va., sending a giant fireball and acrid smoke into the sky, raised further concerns about public safety as railroads sharply increase the amount of oil they transport. About 15...
  • NTSB begins inquiry of fiery crude oil train derailment in Virginia

    A 105-car train stocked with Bakken shale crude oil was traveling slower than the 25-mph speed limit when 13 tankers near the front tumbled off a Virginia railroad track, causing a fire whose heat could be felt high atop neighboring skyscrapers, an...
  • 2 pedestrians injured by Metra train in Maywood

    2 pedestrians injured by Metra train in Maywood
    Two pedestrians were taken to the hospital after possibly being hit by a Metra train in Maywood this afternoon, officials said. A person was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood following the incident near 1st Avenue and Main Street...
  • Remains of train victim mistakenly released to two funeral homes

    Remains of train victim mistakenly released to two funeral homes
    The Cook County medical examiner’s office is investigating how the remains of a train accident victim got separated and released to two different funeral homes, officials said. Some of the remains of the man, killed by a Metra train in Palatine...
  • Oil tanker train derails in Lynchburg, Va., triggering fire and spill

    About 15 train tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va., plunging several of them into the James River, sparking a massive fire and spilling oil. The derailment prompted evacuations in the downtown district near...