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Texas School Bus Collides With Freight Train, Killing Student

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed one student and injured another student and the bus driver in Athens, Texas, Jan. 25, say they don’t know why the driver took the bus into the path of a Union Pacific freight train. Athens Police said the school bus, driven by John Stevens, 78, came to a stop before the train tracks on North Murchison Street, yet continued for unknown reasons to cross directly in front of the Union Pacific train. The freight train struck the school bus and continued to push it about a quarter of a mile down the ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Struck By Train On Steep Virginia Crossing

A tractor-trailer was split in half by a freight train in Virginia after it became stuck on the tracks at a notorious high-grade railroad crossing that has seen multiple similar accidents in recent years. The accident occurred Sept. 6 at the Curtis Street railroad crossing in Chester, Virginia. Dash-cam video of another driver stopped at the tracks shows the three occupants of the tractor-trailer’s cab running from the tracks as a freight train barrels toward their stranded truck. Moments later, the train rips through the trailer “like a knife in butter,” one witness told Richmond, Virginia’s WRIC 8News. The collision ... 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

Amtrak Sped Excessively Before Deadly Washington Derailment

The Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma, Washington, Monday morning, killing three people and injuring dozens of others, was traveling nearly three times the speed limit, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Amtrak’s Cascade Train 501 was speeding at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone as it entered an overpass in DuPont, where all but one of the train’s 14 cars careened off the tracks. At a news conference late Monday, NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said that investigators had retrieved the train’s event data recorder from the rear locomotive and are using ... Read More

Puzzling Train Crashes Renew Calls For Train Surveillance

Federal safety officials investigating a series of puzzling train crashes are urging the Federal Transit Administration and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to install crash-proof surveillance systems on all transit system trains. According to Bloomberg, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put rail video and sound-recording systems on its Most Wanted List of safety enhancements. The items on this list have been derived by multiple NTSB probes of transportation-related accidents over several years. But while the NTSB can recommend safety improvements to government agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration, the agencies are not obligated to act on ... 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

Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

Elevated Rail Tracks Open in Burbank, Ending Train Collisions With Motor Vehicles at troubled crossing

California transportation officials cut the ribbon on the newly opened $40-million elevated rail tracks for Metrolink commuter trains and Union Pacific freight trains in Burbank, designed to prevent deadly street-level collisions between trains and motor vehicles. “The elevated railroad tracks allow us to say goodbye — permanently — to the at-grade crossing on Buena Vista Street at San Fernando Boulevard, where people tragically lost their lives and too many families suffered unbearable pain,” said Carrie Bowen, District 7 director for the California Department of Transportation. Construction of the 2.2-mile stretch of track paralleling Interstate 5 from Buena Vista Street to ... Read More

Biloxi Site of Deadly crash between Train and Bus Has History of Accidents

Early reports indicate the Biloxi, Mississippi, railroad crossing where a freight train struck a tour bus Feb. 7 has a long history of similar crashes. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived in Biloxi hours after the deadly crash to launch a probe of the incident, which killed four bus passengers and injured dozens more, including seven critically. The crash investigation has just started, but the NTSB says there have been 17 accidents at the same downtown Biloxi crossing since 1976, the most recent crash being in January when a CSX train hit a delivery truck. Residents who live near ... Read More

Four Dead, Several Injured After Train Collides With Tour Bus in Biloxi

At least four bus passengers were killed when a CSX freight train barreled into a casino-bound bus from Texas that reportedly became stuck on a railroad track in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tuesday afternoon. Dozens more people were injured, some critically. The Biloxi SunHerald reported that the charter bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area on a six-day tour of the Gulf Coast. The tour bus was scheduled to stop at a Biloxi casino before continuing west to New Orleans when it got stuck on the tracks at Main Street around 2:10 p.m. Most of the passengers are residents ... Read More