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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

Top Railway Disasters Articles

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  • MARC train service disrupted after person struck in Washington

    MARC train service disrupted after person struck in Washington
    MARC train service on the Penn Line was disrupted Thursday after a person was struck by a MARC train in Washington, according to the Maryland Transit Administration and Washington fire officials. The Penn Line connects Washington with the Baltimore area...
  • Deadly train crash in Philadelphia 'came out of nowhere'

    Deadly train crash in Philadelphia 'came out of nowhere'
    Residents living along the stretch of Frankford Avenue near the railroad tracks are used to the whoosh and clatter of trains rounding a nearby curve, and Amtrak's train 188 didn't sound unusual to locals enjoying the warm night air or to riders settled...
  • New rules for oil tank cars don't offer enough fire protection, experts say

    New rules for oil tank cars don't offer enough fire protection, experts say
    When a train hauling volatile crude oil derailed near Galena in March, witnesses said it took about only an hour for tank cars to explode, sending giant fireballs hundreds of feet into the sky. Authorities said the tank cars survived the derailment...
  • Amtrak train was going 106 mph when emergency brakes applied

     
    The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, federal investigators said Wednesday....
  • Let's Demand Safe Trains

    Let's Demand Safe Trains
    Why does this keep happening? Just when it seems as if the U.S. is about to join the rest of the industrialized world and embrace rail travel, there's another accident, another reason for people who might take the train to think twice. This one was...
  • Patrick Murphy on Amtrak crash: 'Someone was looking down and smiling on me'

    Patrick Murphy on Amtrak crash: 'Someone was looking down and smiling on me'
    It was after 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning and Patrick Murphy's voice over the phone line was filled with the sound of emotion and fatigue. But more importantly, the former Bucks County congressman was grateful. Grateful that he emerged from the...
  • Amtrak crash scrambles commutes across Northeast Corridor

    Amtrak crash scrambles commutes across Northeast Corridor
    WASHINGTON — Thousands of travelers were scrambling and commuters were re-thinking their work weeks Wednesday after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia shut down a critical section of the busiest railroad in North America. The crash...
  • 1943 derailment that killed 79 occurred near Amtrak crash

    1943 derailment that killed 79 occurred near Amtrak crash
    A jam-packed Labor Day train derailed in 1943, killing dozens, in nearly the same area an Amtrak train crashed this week in Philadelphia. The high-speed Congressional Limited also was heading north from Washington to New York when it jumped the rails...
  • Metra train delayed during morning storm in Western Springs

    Metra train delayed during morning storm in Western Springs
    A morning Metra train heading into Chicago was held up at the Western Springs train station for about 20 minutes Thursday morning during a thunderstorm, as workers investigated a mechanical problem. The ticket agent said she heard "a God awful noise,"...
  • Amtrak derailment: Train was traveling 106 mph through curve; emergency brakes used

    Amtrak derailment: Train was traveling 106 mph through curve; emergency brakes used
    The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was traveling 106 mph as it moved through a curve where the speed limit was 50, the National Transportation Safety Board announced on Wednesday. The unnamed engineer...
  • At least 5 killed when Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

     
    An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, tearing the cars apart and killing at least five people. Scores of passengers were injured, and some climbed out of windows to get...