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Latest Railroad Suicide Brings to Light Safety Issues

With a suicide occurring once every 30 seconds worldwide, our nation’s railways unfortunately provide the means through which despondent souls sometimes try to end their pain. The latest suicide by train occurred in suburban New Jersey when a 39-year-old man laid down on the railroad tracks during morning rush hour. The 89-car freight train could Read More

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Blinded by the Light: Couple Narrowly Misses Motorcycle-Train Collision

A Fort Wayne, Indiana couple’s late afternoon ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ended abruptly when the driver skidded to a stop at a nearby railroad crossing. The crossing’s arms were down and the crimson lights flashed to no avail. Blinded by the setting sun, the motorcycle driver never saw these signs until it was too Read More

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Touring Train and Truck Totaled in Deadly Collision

The Cheat Mountain Salamander is a sightseeing train named after a rare breed of lizard-like creatures found among the majestic red spruces of West Virginia. These magnificent trees, along with other species, draw crowds to the region every year to view the fall foliage and enjoy the crisp Appalachian air. One such group had a Read More

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Railway Victims Won’t Be Silenced Regarding the Risks of Quiet Zones

For Moorhead, Minnesota, freight trains have been part of the community since it’s inception. As such areas blossom, the demands of the railroad and the needs of local townspeople sometimes clash, requiring innovative solutions that maintain industry growth without running roughshod over personal liberties. One of the residents’ biggest complaints is noise pollution produced by Read More

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California Crossing Continues to Claim Kids’ Lives

According to many residents, Riverside, California railroad crossings have witnessed one too many fatal accidents involving the local youth population. The latest victim was a 15-year-old who stepped out in the early evening of October 11, 2013 for a quick bike ride. While the rider waited patiently for an eastbound Metrolink commuter train to pass, Read More

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The Best Offense: Communities Practice for Potential Train Disasters

Before memories of recent rail tragedies fade, some communities are girding themselves for the future by making disaster preparedness a top priority. By addressing inadequate response capabilities and lack of planning before crashes occur, communities hope to minimize damage from accidents that cannot be prevented. Such exercises include mock train-crash training in places like Marshfield, Read More

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