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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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New Technology Addresses Fatigue-Related Rail Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that the probable cause of a major train crash in Iowa was driver fatigue. The crash killed two train workers when a coal freighter barreled into a stationary train near Red Oak. The coal train’s conductor and engineer did not survive. The NTSB investigation revealed that both crewmembers Read More

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U.S. Rails at Risk? Trains Still Terrorist Targets after Ample Warning

Starting almost 40 years ago, terrorist organizations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have targeted railway systems as sites for their despicable attacks on the civilized world. Attacks that were fully executed have claimed hundreds of lives and injured thousands more. Some fear that attacks in Western Europe, such as the horrific Madrid train Read More

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Texting on the Train: Dangers of Distracted Conductors

With 41 states in the U.S. banning text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, it is clear that law enforcement is attempting to deal with the hazards posed by screen-obsessed motorists. Indeed, statistics indicate that texting while driving is even more unsafe than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, primarily due to the 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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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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