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Train–Pickup Collision in Rudd, Iowa

Brian Leckness was killed, and Gary Eilers critically injured, on April 20th, 2013 after a train hit the Dodge Dakota pick-up Eilers was driving. According to the State Patrol, the two Waterloo residents were hit by the westbound train near 4th Street at around 8 a.m. and dragged nearly three blocks. Brian, who was 32 Read More

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Minnesota Train Derailment Causes Crude Oil Spill

In March, a freight train carrying crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the Chicago area derailed in western Minnesota, causing three tankers to rupture and leak up to 30,000 gallons of fuel. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reported that the cold weather had made the oil thicker, making recovery of the oil more difficult. But Read More

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Suit Filed by Workers Injured in the Louisville Train Derailment Fire

Leonardo Anthony Carrilla and Gregory Powers, two Illinois workers injured by fire during the October cleanup of a derailed train in southwest Louisville, have filed a lawsuit against the railroad and its contractors. According to Carilla and Powers’ claims, P&L Railway and CSX, their contractor, did not properly monitor the derailment site. As result, an Read More

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Woman Hit and Killed by Train in San Diego

On Thursday April 18th, 2013, a woman was struck and killed by a southbound Amtrak commuter train near the Carlsbad village station in San Diego. According to sheriff’s deputy Dawn Patterson, investigators from the San Diego Sheriff’s Rail Enforcement Unit determined that the woman had walked through the west side pedestrian gate of the station Read More

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Dozens Injured in Connecticut Two-Train Collision

More than 70 people were injured recently — five seriously — when two commuter trains collided in Connecticut. A train heading from New York City to New Haven derailed and collided with a train heading in the opposite direction, strewing debris for about 200 yards. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether a subsequently Read More

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How FELA is Different from Workers’ Compensation

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) provides compensation for railroad employees — or their dependents — who are injured as a result of employer negligence. Statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis show that, across the United States, a total of 3,885 accidents occurred to railroad employees on duty during 2012, of Read More

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