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News Bills Seek Sleep Apnea Testing For Commercial Drivers, Train Operators

Democratic members of Congress recently introduced bills that, if passed, would require federal transportation officials to mandate tests for obstructive sleep apnea in commercial truck drivers and railroad operators. The bills aim to reverse a decision by Donald Trump’s administration that killed final rulemaking for sleep apnea testing that would require commercial truck drivers and railroad operators to receive treatment if diagnosed with the disorder, which has been linked to daytime drowsiness and fatigue, one of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-NJ and Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, introduced a bill in the House last week that would “require the ... Read More

High-speed SEPTA train crash injures 42 near Philadelphia

A high-speed train crash near Philadelphia early Tuesday morning injured dozens of people, some seriously. Passengers and other witnesses described a bloody scene as 42 people, including the conductor, were injured when an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) plowed into a parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, one of the rail’s busiest terminals, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. At least four of the people taken to local hospitals were seriously injured. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Investigators are trying to determine why the train came ... Read More

Metro-North Train Crash investigation leaves room for safety

Federal investigators found the cause of a deadly 2015 Metro-North train crash that killed six people in Mount Pleasant, New York, was a driver who moved her Mercedes Benz SUV onto the tracks despite active crossing warnings and closed gates, but they also found room for safety improvements. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the driver, Ellen Brody, drove onto the tracks on Feb. 3, 2015, “for undetermined reasons.” Witnesses said the vehicle became stuck on the tracks, and investigators determined that Ms. Brody exited her vehicle and walked back to where the gate had lowered, reducing the time she ... Read More

Amtrak Engineer Faces Criminal Charges For Deadly Philly Derailment

Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was arraigned last week on numerous charges related to the deaths and injuries of passengers aboard Amtrak 188, which derailed in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. Mr. Bostian, 34, was charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Thursday, May 17, and released on an $81,000 bond, with his next scheduled court date set for June 7. Mr. Bostian was operating the seven-car Amtrak commuter train on May 12, 2015, when it approached ... Read More

CSX Train Accident Kills Man, Injures Another in Virginia

A freight train accident that left one man dead and another in critical condition in Fredericksburg, Virginia, remains under an “active and ongoing” investigation, local authorities said. Fredericksburg police said that Jeremy David Day, 30, of Fredericksburg, was killed after being struck by a CSX freight train near Prince Edward Street in downtown Fredericksburg Saturday, April 21, according to NBC 12 Richmond. The accident occurred sometime shortly before 3:25 a.m. when the first report of the collision was called in. Mr. Day was taken to an area hospital where he died about nine hours later. The other man is in ... Read More

Oregon Lawmakers Confront Future Oil Train Disasters With New Safety Bills

Two new bills intended to protect the environment and communities from oil train disasters have been introduced in the Oregon legislature with strong support among environmentalists, Native American leaders, and others who believe not enough is being done to prevent or at least limit oil-train derailments and spills. Support for the bills has been fueled largely by the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon, which contaminated pristine forested areas with highly toxic and volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region. The spill and fire occurred alongside tracks paralleling the Columbia River, a swift-moving, cold-water salmon ... Read More

Railroad Crossing Error Causes Utah Commuter Train To Ram Fed-Ex Truck

Railroad officials are investigating a harrowing high-speed collision of a commuter train with a Fed-Ex cargo semi-truck Jan. 21 just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. Video footage captured by a dashboard camera in a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction of the Fed-Ex truck shows the oncoming truck slowing as it travels over bumpy tracks. The arms of the railroad crossing gate are raised and no lights or other warning signals are activated. As the cab of the truck clears the track, a Utah Transit Authority (UTA) FrontRunner commuter train slams into the truck’s trailer, splitting the vehicle in ... Read More

Investigators Look At Mechanical Failures, Engineer Health In Deadly NJ Transit Train Crash

The NJ Transit commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken terminal in September, killing one and injuring more than 100 others, had faulty brakes and multiple other safety defects in the months before the crash, maintenance records show. In January, railroad inspectors found that a “hand brake gear pin” on one of the train cars was “completely out,” New York City’s Pix11 reported. Three months later, inspectors found brake damage and at more than a dozen other safety defects. In April, another hand brake was found to be in disrepair. Federal investigators are still working to determine why the Pascack ... Read More

NTSB Recovers Data Recorder from Crashed Commuter Train, Questions Engineer

Federal investigators said they have recovered a data recorder from the rear of the New Jersey TRANSIT commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken train station Thursday morning, injuring more than 100 people and killing one woman. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators should be able to extract information from the data recorder about the train’s speed and braking. They are also trying to extricate another recorder from the heavily damaged front controlling car without damaging it, which could provide additional clues. So far, nobody knows what caused the NJ TRANSIT Pascack Valley Line to enter the train terminal at ... Read More

One Dead, Several Injured After High-Speed Train Crash Inside Hoboken Station

At least one person is dead and more than 100 others injured after a packed New Jersey Transit commuter train entered Hoboken Terminal at a high rate of speed for unknown reasons Thursday morning during rush hour and crashed inside the station. The train was traveling NJ Transit’s Pascack Valley Line, which runs between Hoboken and Spring Valley, N.Y., passing through Hudson and Bergen Counties in New Jersey and Rockland County in New York. The train had departed from Spring Valley at 7:23 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38. One witness who was on the train when ... Read More