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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 derailment mystery: Train sped up in final minute, NTSB says

    Amtrak derailment mystery: Train sped up in final minute, NTSB says
    An Amtrak passenger train that flew off the tracks at high speed, killing eight people, steadily and rapidly accelerated in the 65 seconds before entering a curve, investigators said Thursday as the mystery behind the engineer’s actions deepened....
  • Amtrak engineer was obsessed with trains as a teen

     Amtrak engineer was obsessed with trains as a teen
    Brandon Bostian was obsessed with trains while growing up, talked about them constantly and wanted to be an engineer or a conductor. "He would go on vacation and bring back subway maps," Stefanie McGee, a friend from Tennessee, recalled Thursday. "He...
  • Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment

    Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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...
  • Amtrak helping with victims' medical bills and funeral costs, CEO says

    Amtrak helping with victims' medical bills and funeral costs, CEO says
    Amtrak apologized and took "full responsibility" for the deadly train derailment that killed eight people and injured about 200, and said it is helping with medical bills and funeral expenses. “The derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 was...
  • Amtrak to operate system that might have prevented crash

     Amtrak to operate system that might have prevented crash
    The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been operating on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by...
  • Amtrak crash death toll climbs to 8; all aboard accounted for

    Amtrak crash death toll climbs to 8; all aboard accounted for
    The death toll from the Amtrak wreck rose to eight with the discovery of another body in a mangled railcar Thursday, while a lawyer for the train's engineer said his client has no recollection of the crash and wasn't on his cellphone or using drugs or...
  • Man with ties to Palm Beach County killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash

    After flying to Philadelphia and passing out fliers with a photo of their son, missing from the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday evening, a Palm Beach County couple had their worst fears confirmed on Thursday. Bob Gildersleeve Jr., a 45-year-old...
  • Amtrak train hits, kills man near Chatsworth rail crossing

    Amtrak train hits, kills man near Chatsworth rail crossing
    An Amtrak train traveling north from San Diego struck and killed a man near a rail crossing in Chatsworth, causing delays, authorities said. The Pacific Surfliner train hit the man about 1:18 p.m. near the 9300 block of De Soto Avenue, according to...
  • Amtrak to install system that might have prevented deadly Philadelphia train crash

    Amtrak to install system that might have prevented deadly Philadelphia train crash
    WASHINGTON — The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to...
  • Riding the rails: Lincolnwood man shares photos of life hopping trains

    Riding the rails: Lincolnwood man shares photos of life hopping trains
    During the late 1970s, Lincolnwood photographer Dale Wickum abandoned his life in the Midwest to travel by freight train, documenting the lives of hundreds of train-hoppers he encountered along the desolate railways of the west. Now more than 30 years...
  • 13 empty cars derailed on Pittsburgh freight train

    13 empty cars derailed on Pittsburgh freight train
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — State and city officials say 13 cars that derailed on a Pittsburgh freight train were empty and injured nobody. Guy Costa, the city's director of operations, says the 13 cars derailed shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday. Costa says...