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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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  • Teen dies after hit by Metra train near Taft High School

    Teen dies after hit by Metra train near Taft High School
    A 17-year-old Northwest Side boy was struck and killed by a Metra train while walking to Taft High School on Friday morning, officials said. Erik Lucansky was trying to cross the tracks at Avondale and Bryn Mawr avenues in the Old Norwood Park...
  • Delays on BNSF this morning because of freight derailment

    Delays on BNSF this morning because of freight derailment
    Delays up to 30 minutes were being reported on Metra's Burlington Northern Sante Fe line this morning because of a freight train derailment near Cicero Avenue on the Southwest Side. The derailment initially blocked three tracks and prevented Metra trains...
  • Metrolink to roll out collision avoidance system

    Metrolink to roll out collision avoidance system
    The Metrolink passenger railroad Thursday will become the first commuter service in the nation to roll out a sophisticated collision avoidance system designed to overcome human error. Had so-called positive train control been in place five years ago,...
  • Sen. Feinstein to herald new safety system for Metrolink trains

    Sen. Feinstein to herald new safety system for Metrolink trains
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will be on hand Thursday for the debut of a sophisticated rail safety system for Metrolink, a technology she pushed for following the deadly Chatsworth crash in 2008. Feinstein, a sponsor of the Railway Safety ...
  • Engineer in Canada rail disaster unfairly blamed, lawyer says

    Engineer in Canada rail disaster unfairly blamed, lawyer says
    The train engineer on duty during the July 6 Canadian rail disaster that killed at least 50 people and incinerated the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic is devastated and in seclusion, his lawyer told Canadian journalists Tuesday. Tom Harding, who was the...
  • North Dakota blast prompts review of oil train safety

    A federal safety alert Thursday warned that crude oil flowing out of new fields in North Dakota may be more flammable than expected, a caution that comes several days after a train carrying about 3.5 million gallons of the same oil crashed in the state...
  • Off track on safer trains

    Off track on safer trains
    On Sept. 12, 2008, hundreds of Los Angeles-area commuters had begun their trips home from work, reflecting on their days and making plans for the evening ahead as they relaxed aboard Metrolink 111. At 4:22 p.m., however, those plans — and their...
  • New York train crash could have been prevented, Feinstein says

    The New York commuter train crash that killed four passengers over the weekend was "preventable," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday, pushing for stronger rail safety standards as fallout over the tragedy continued to spread. As the...
  • Train in Alabama oil spill was carrying 2.7 million gallons of crude

    A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials. The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail...
  • New York train that derailed was going 82 mph into a 30-mph curve

    New York train that derailed was going 82 mph into a 30-mph curve
    NEW YORK -- A passenger train that derailed in New York City, killing four people, was traveling 82 mph as it entered a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, and the brakes were not fully applied until seconds before the cars came to a stop off the...
  • N.Y. train derailment: Engineer may have 'zoned out' before crash

    N.Y. train derailment: Engineer may have 'zoned out' before crash
    NEW YORK - The brakes on a passenger train that sped into a 30-mph curve at 82 mph were functioning normally, and none of the crew tested positive for alcohol, investigators said Tuesday as attention focused on what the engineer was doing at the time of...