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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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  • 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,...
  • New mystery in train crash: Was it hit by a flying object?

    The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation's busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident. National Transportation Safety Board member...
  • 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...
  • Train derailment investigation widens: Did a projectile hit the windshield?

    PHILADELPHIA A projectile might have struck the windshield of Amtrak Train 188 minutes before the train crashed, and investigators said Friday they have called in the FBI to analyze the damage. Officials of the National Transportation Safety Board...
  • The Latest on Amtrak crash: House committee to hold hearing

    6:20 p.m. The chairman of a U.S. House transportation committee says he'll hold a hearing on the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train passing through Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Republican Bill Shuster says he's appreciative of all the work being done on...
  • For Train 188's engineer, a solitary but dream job

    PHILADELPHIA A locomotive with more than 8,000 horsepower, tugging cars carrying more than 200 people and one man to keep it all on the tracks. On the night of Tuesday's fatal accident, that man was Brandon Bostian, a train enthusiast most of his life,...
  • Booker, Menendez make case for more funds for transportation

    New Jersey's two U.S. senators renewed the call Friday for long-term funding for rail improvements they said are desperately needed to ensure safety and economic competitiveness. Democrats Bob Menendez and Cory Booker spoke at Newark's Penn Station three...
  • Did projectile hit Train 188 before crash?

    PHILADELPHIA Right before the fatal derailment of Amtrak Train 188 a conductor said she believes she heard the engineer say that a window on the train had been "broken by something," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Friday....
  • Americans still value trains; why doesn't Congress?

    I grew up watching trains crossing tracks less than a mile from my home in Alabama, counting cars while patiently waiting for the caboose to end the parade. At night, the sound of a train whistle followed by the rumble of an engine pulling freight as it...
  • 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...