| Feb 18, 2014
| 5:47 AM
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...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 7:35 PM
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,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 9:59 AM
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 ...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:40 PM
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...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:23 PM
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...
| Sep 13, 2013
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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:45 PM
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.
| Nov 9, 2013
| 6:24 PM
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...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:47 PM
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...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:16 PM
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...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:10 AM
MADRID — The driver of a train that derailed and killed 79 people in Spain told a judge that he was going more than twice the speed limit and didn't see a dangerous curve in the tracks until it was too late, according to an audio recording of the...