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Second Major Train Tragedy of the Year North of the Border

After close to 50 lives were lost only a few months earlier in a rail accident that destroyed large swaths of a tourist and logging town in Quebec, recently Canada was again rocked by a tragic railroad disaster. While the exact cause remains unknown at press time, some of the facts of this gruesome crash Read More

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Kids, Trains and Hospital Bills: Child Railroad Safety

An 11-year-old Northeast Minneapolis boy is Minnesota’s latest train accident victim. The boy and his friends’ choice of a moving a train as the site of their early evening play was ill-advised, as the boy sustained a foot injury while trying to either hop on or jump off of the moving locomotive. According to one Read More

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Commuter Crash: Post-Collision Chaos Causes Injuries and Apprehension

As the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides about 1.6 million rides each day, serving Chicago and 35 suburbs in the metro area. One of the most important arteries in the CTA system is its Blue line, which serves O’Hare International Airport and also brings commuters to and from the Read More

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High Profile Train Accidents Raise Specter of Reform

Recent news reports have been dotted with train disasters. The horrifying nature of these accidents – especially the high causality rates – raise doubts regarding the sufficiency of current industry regulations. Reform proponents maintain that accidents such as the deadly Quebec oil tanker crash could have been prevented through stricter laws and more government oversight. Read More

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High Hopes for Billion-Dollar Train Accident-Halting Technology

Transportation officials and railroad executives tout huge growth in the use of rail transportation in the U.S. According to the Washington-based chairman of Veolia Transportation, a major multinational player in the transportation field, highways and aviation are “capacity constrained [and] capital starved, [with] not much in the way of optimism about either of them,” Conversely, Read More

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Could Additional Safety Training Have Prevented the Quebec Train Disaster?

Reeling from the deadly Lac-Mégantic train crash, many are still seeking answers as to how the accident could have been avoided. While a good deal of media coverage has focused on the role of human error and brake failure, a particularly disturbing item recently emerged that points to the corporate culture of Montreal, Maine and Read More

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Ethanol on the Tracks

Manufactured from corn and other plant materials, ethanol has been touted as the future of renewable energy. Its use in automobile and truck fuels is almost universal, with most gasoline in the U.S. containing ethanol blends. Another widely used ethanol-based fuel is E85, which contains up to 83 percent ethanol and can be used in Read More

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Passengers Injured in Train Collision with Dump Truck

At least seven passengers suffered minor injuries when a Metrolink train crashed into a dump truck that was on the tracks of the Antelope Valley line in Los Angeles. Five of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Emergency services reported that there was a lack of air conditioning, fresh air or Read More

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Pedestrian Killed by Train in Prescott Arkansas

Patricia Hendrix was killed on April 1st, 2013 after being struck by a freight train while crossing the train tracks on foot. The Northeast-bound Union Pacific train hit Patricia as she attempted to cross the tracks near the Wildcat Road crossing. At 7:45 p.m. authorities received a call from the train’s conductor reporting that he Read More

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I Was Fired After My Accident. What Are My Rights?

A Norfolk Southern Railway Co. employee who reported an injury he suffered in a work-related accident was subsequently fired by his employer. The railroad carrier’s internal investigation concluded that the injured crane operator had made false statements concerning his eye injury.  However, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Read More

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