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NTSB: Biloxi Bus Crash Caused By Railroad, City Safety Failures

A deadly tour bus crash in Biloxi, Mississippi, that killed four people last year was likely caused by the failure of CSX Railroad and the City of Biloxi to address a railroad crossing they knew to be dangerous, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its Aug. 7 preliminary report of the bus crash that nearly two dozen vehicles have become “grounded” at the crossing where the bus crash occurred last year, yet neither the city nor the railroad took action to correct the hazard. On March 17, 2017, a chartered bus operated by ECHO Transportation ... Read More

Train Derailment Evacuees Seek Damages From Rail Car Maker

A trial opened Monday for a group of Tennessee residents seeking damages from the manufacturer of a freight train car involved in a 2015 train derailment that released toxic gases and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Blount County, Tennessee residents are part of a group of evacuees and emergency and police responders seeking damages from Union Tank Car Co. The plaintiffs already settled with CSX over the October 2015 train derailment. The train derailment occurred after an axle broke on the train car made by Union. That car and others were ... Read More

Conductor’s Widow Sues Amtrak, CSX Over Deadly South Carolina Crash

Amtrak and CSX are facing a lawsuit filed by the widow of the train engineer who was killed Feb. 4 when Amtrak Train 91 was wrongfully diverted onto a side track, where it collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, South Carolina. Attorneys for Christine Cella and her two children filed the lawsuit against Amtrak and CSX alleging negligence in the operation of a track switch caused 36-year-old Michael Cella’s death. The collision also killed 54-year-old Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf and injured 116 passengers and crew aboard the train, which was traveling from New York to Miami. The National ... Read More

Train Crash Probes Prompt Urgent NTSB Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued three urgent railroad safety recommendations amid its investigation of a deadly collision between an Amtrak train and a CSX freight train in South Carolina earlier this month and another ongoing train accident investigation. The NTSB, which is charged with investigating major transportation-related accidents, makes recommendations for safety improvements based on its findings, but it does not have the authority to enact or enforce new rules. Instead, the recommendations are issued to the proper regulatory authorities. On Thursday, Feb. 15, the NTSB issued one urgent safety recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ... Read More

Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures 116 In South Carolina

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train Sunday morning near Columbia, South Carolina, killing two Amtrak employees and injuring 116 others. The deadly crash, Amtrak’s third fatal accident since its Cascades 501 train derailed south of Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 18, occurred about 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning in the town of Cayce, South Carolina. According to CBS News, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the collision killed Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, and conductor Michael Sella, 32. Mr. Kempf and Mr. Sella were among the 148 people aboard Amtrak 91, including 139 passengers ... Read More

CSX Train Derailment Spills Toxic Load in Central Florida

Residents in the vicinity of a CSX train derailment in Lakeland, Florida, were told to shelter in place early Monday morning after crews confirmed the overturned trains spilled toxic molten sulfur. According to WFLA News Channel 8, Polk County Fire Rescue crew returning from a medical call noticed the train derailment at the intersection of Kathleen Road and N. Galloway Road about 1:50 a.m. The Fire Rescue said on its Facebook page that “the crew observed several train cars rolled over and mangled.” Communication with state officials and CSX confirmed that the overturned cars were hauling molten sulfur, a hazardous substance ... Read More

Oil Train Safety Law Veto Sparks Protest in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of an oil train safety bill that would increase transparency and accountability among freight train companies sparked a protest Tuesday, Aug. 22, with public safety and environmental advocates calling on state legislators to override the veto. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, “would require railroads to submit disaster response and cleanup plans to state officials, make their bridge inspection reports available to the state Department of Transportation and disclose routing and volume information publicly to assist emergency response personnel,” according to NorthJersey.com. The legislation is one of several bills being ... Read More

CSX Train Derailment Forces Pennsylvania evacuation

A CSX freight train laden with hazardous materials derailed in Southwestern Pennsylvania Wednesday morning, igniting fires and forcing the evacuation of an entire town. According to the Associated Press, at least 32 cars of the CSX freight train careened off the tracks in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, destroying the garage of a residence. A CSX spokesman said at least one of the cars carrying gasoline and one laden with molten sulfur spilled and caught fire. Authorities investigating the accident haven’t determined what caused the train to derail. It’s also unclear how extensive the damage is. According to the AP, the residential garage ... Read More

CSX To Appeal Jury Verdict For Camerawoman Killed

CSX Railroad intends to appeal a jury verdict ordering it to pay $3.9 million to the family of a woman killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman, after it had just started shooting in southeastern Georgia. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed when she was hit by a CSX train Feb. 20, 2014, on a railroad trestle spanning the Altamaha River in Doctortown, Georgia. Six other members of the film crew were injured by flying debris and shrapnel. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, Sarah’s parents, sued CSX and 11 others ... Read More

Family of film worker Killed By CSX Train Awarded $3.9M

A Chatham County, Georgia, jury ordered CSX Transportation to pay nearly $4 million to the family of a film crew member killed on a railroad trestle in 2014 during the shooting of a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was run over by a CSX freight train and killed during the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20, 2014. The crew was on a railroad trestle in Southeastern Georgia filming a scene with actor William Hurt, who was cast to play Mr. Allman, when a CSX train barreled through ... Read More