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At Least 40 Killed in India Train Crash

Station master disappears

(Newser) - An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India today, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to a heap of torn and twisted metal, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was traveling at high speed and slammed on its brakes in an attempt to... More »

Chicago Train Driver Had Fallen Asleep Before

And she had only been on job 60 days

(Newser) - The operator of a Chicago train that derailed at the O'Hare station in the middle of the night earlier this week has told investigators that she fell asleep at the controls and didn't wake up until her train had plowed into an escalator, reports the Chicago Tribune . That'... More »

Chicago Train Operator Said She Was Tired

She 'worked a lot of hours' before O'Hare crash, per the union

(Newser) - Was a Chicago Transit Authority train operator asleep at the controls when her train jumped the tracks and went up an escalator ? The chief of the CTA's union says the driver may have dozed off before the 3am accident that left 32 people injured, reports NBC . "The... More »

Sheriff Orders Locals to Flee Oil-Train Disaster

No one hurt, but official calls it a 'Hazmat incident'

(Newser) - Residents of a North Dakota town are being told to evacuate after train cars carrying crude oil jumped the tracks and exploded into flames, Valley News Live reports. No one was hurt when the cars were hit by an oncoming train near Fargo, WDay News 6 reports, but the accident... More »

Amtrak Train Hits Car at 80mph, Driver Survives

Driver tried to go around crossing bar, police say

(Newser) - An Amtrak train going 80mph hit a car this morning in Waverly, Va., but somehow driver Untron Drew survived. Drew was trying to drive around the crossing bar at the time, a police spokesperson says, "disregarding warning lights" as he crossed the tracks. His injuries are not life-threatening, WTVR... More »

NTSB Kicks Loose-Lipped Union Out of Train Inquiry

Union lawyer confirmed report that driver was in a 'daze'

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board has kicked the Association of Commuter Rail Employees out of its investigation of the Bronx train derailment, after a union lawyer said a little too much about it. Engineer William Rockefeller "basically nodded" at the controls, falling into "a daze," union general... More »

Sources: Train Driver May Have Fallen Asleep

William Rockefeller alternately described as 'zoned out'

(Newser) - Sources are telling the media slightly different versions of what the Metro-North train driver was doing moments before the crash, but the underlying theme is this: William Rockefeller was out of it. In DNAInfo's telling, the 46-year-old engineer actually fell asleep at the helm, and woke up just as... More »

NTSB: Wrecked Train Did 82mph in 30mph Zone

Investigators go over train's data recorders

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board says a train that derailed in New York City was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone. The Metro-North Railroad commuter train jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph.... More »

Train Crash Killed Rockefeller Center Tree Worker

Lighting expert, 3 others mourned as inquiry begins

(Newser) - A sad twist in yesterday's horrific train derailment in the Bronx: One of the four people killed when the train came off the rails at a riverside curve was lighting and sound expert Jim Lovell, who was on his way to help set up the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree... More »

Woman Fleeing Cops Hits 2 Trains, Survives

Utah woman broke bones in double crash

(Newser) - A woman in Utah somehow survived with only broken bones after her car was involved in two collisions with trains in the space of the minute as she fled police officers. Police say the 29-year-old was driving through a Salt Lake City suburb at up to 100 miles per hour... More »

Chicago 'L' Collision Sends Dozens to Hospital

Police believe one of the trains may have been stolen

(Newser) - An out-of-service Chicago "L" train plowed into a parked, outbound one today at a Blue Line stop in Forest Park, sending at least 33 people to nine different area hospitals (the local mayor's office puts that number at 48 people in 10 hospitals). The train was moving the... More »

Front of Bus Obliterated in Deadly Canada Crash

Multiple fatalities reported as bus collides with train in Ottawa

(Newser) - A Via Rail passenger train and a transit bus collided at a crossing in Ottawa today, and Canadian police say there are multiple deaths. Witnesses say the front end of the double-decker bus was ripped off by the impact. An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are "multiple... More »

Driver of Crashed Train: I Warned About That Curve

Recording: He calls bend 'inhuman' moments after crash killed 79 in Spain

(Newser) - The driver who was speeding , distracted , and had received three warnings when his train derailed appears to blame a curve in the tracks for the deadly crash in a call made moments after the disaster. In a recording that has emerged in Spanish media, Francisco Jose Garzon describes the curve... More »

Train Carrying Migrants to US Derails, Killing 5

And more may still be trapped inside

(Newser) - An infamous cargo train carrying at least 250 Central American migrants heading to the US derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico today, killing at least five and injuring at least 35, authorities say. The toll is expected to rise as authorities move heavy machinery to the scene of... More »

Spain Train Driver Got 3 Warnings to Slow Down

By the time he finally heeded the message, it was too late

(Newser) - It just keeps getting worse for the loves-to-speed train driver in Spain's deadly crash. Investigators say he got not one, not two, but three automated warnings to slow down before his train went off the rails, reports AP . The first came about two minutes before the crash as he... More »

Train Driver in Spain Was on the Phone

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was going twice the speed limit, say investigators

(Newser) - If Francisco Jose Garzon Amo weren't the most reviled man in Spain already, today's latest revelation might cinch it: Investigators say the driver in last week's deadly accident was on the phone when his speeding train went off the rails, reports the BBC . At least it doesn'... More »

Trains Collide Head-On in Switzerland

44 injured, 4 seriously

(Newser) - It has been a bad month to be a train commuter: Canada , France , Spain , and now ... Switzerland, where two commuter trains collided head-on today, injuring 44, four seriously, reports CNN . Local TV says one person is yet to be recovered from the wreckage, the AP reports. The crash happened between... More »

Spanish Train Driver Charged With Homicide

Death of 2nd American brings death toll to 79

(Newser) - As Sunday church services were held throughout Spain in memory of the country's worst train crash in decades, the driver involved was formally charged with homicide. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo—who had previously boasted about speeding —is accused of 79 counts of homicide committed through "professional recklessness,... More »

Spain Train Driver Held on Suspicion of Homicide

Formal charges of reckless homicide could follow soon

(Newser) - The driver in this week's deadly train accident in Spain is now out of the hospital and being held by police on suspicion of reckless homicide, reports CNN . Formal charges against Francisco Jose Garzon Amo could follow soon. The nation's interior minister told reporters there were "rational... More »

Utah Train Wreck Survivor Has Cheated Death Twice

Stephen Ward nearly died while undergoing a bone marrow transplant 4 years ago

(Newser) - Seconds before the Spanish train he was aboard lifted off the tracks "like a roller coaster," Mormon missionary Stephen Ward said he glanced up from the journal he was writing in and noticed a backpack tumble from a rack. Moments later, the 18-year-old from Bountiful, Utah, blacked out... More »

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