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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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  • Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes 'full responsibility' for crash

    Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes 'full responsibility' for crash
    The last wrecked railcars from the deadly Amtrak accident were removed Friday as investigators tried to figure out why the train sped up from 70 mph to over 100 mph in the minute before it went into a sharp bend. Brandon Bostian, the engineer whose...
  • Midshipman helped lead Naval Academy Sea Trials before his death

    Midshipman helped lead Naval Academy Sea Trials before his death
    The 20-year-old midshipman everyone called "Z" was three days into his summer break. He didn't have to return to the Naval Academy. Justin Zemser, however, wouldn't miss the chance to drill underclassmen in Sea Trials on Tuesday. It would be his...
  • 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...
  • Metra years away from implementing high-tech safety system

    Metra years away from implementing high-tech safety system
    The horrific Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia this week has renewed calls for the nation's commuter rail lines and freight railroads to install a high-tech system that is intended to prevent such accidents by slowing speeding trains and overriding human...
  • Amtrak crash: Why positive train control is a negative for many railroads

    Amtrak crash: Why positive train control is a negative for many railroads
    The location may be near Philadelphia, but the story is tragically familiar to anyone in Southern California who commutes by rail: After a deadly derailment -- this one of an Amtrak train apparently traveling more than 100 miles per hour through a curve...
  • Positive train control on track for South Shore

    Positive train control on track for South Shore
      The pricey smart train control system experts say could have prevented Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is one of the reasons South Shore commuters are facing fare increases this summer. Congress has mandated passenger and...
  • Could technology have prevented Amtrak disaster?

     Could technology have prevented Amtrak disaster?
    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 railroads to install a...
  • Naval Academy says 160 midshipmen attending funeral for Justin Zemser

    Naval Academy says 160 midshipmen attending funeral for Justin Zemser
    U.S. Naval Academy officials say some 160 midshipmen from the academy's 17th Company, Sprint football team and Jewish Midshipman Club are attending Friday's funeral services for Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser in Hewlett, N.Y. The funeral will...
  • Toll of Amtrak derailment comes into focus, even as answers remain out of reach

    Toll of Amtrak derailment comes into focus, even as answers remain out of reach
    A search for answers turned to mourning Thursday for the family of an Elkridge man lost for days after the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, as officials announced the discovery of an eighth body amid the wreckage. Bob Gildersleeve, a 45-year-old...
  • Investigators look at why train sped up before derailing at curve

     Investigators look at why train sped up before derailing at curve
    In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday. How that came to happen has emerged as the central question surrounding the derailment, which killed...
  • Today's Headlines: Stopping a Train. Twain's Jump-Start.

    Hello. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the LosAngeles Times. A deadly train wreck revives a safety discussion, and some new rules in Santa Monica have the nation’s cities watching closely. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. a...