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At Least 22 Dead in Head-On Train Crash

Passenger trains collided on a single track in Puglia, Italy

(Newser) - Authorities in southern Italy say at least 22 people are dead and more than 40 others injured after two trains collided in Puglia on Tuesday. Italian news reports say that two trains—each with four cars—collided head-on near the town of Andria on a line with just a single... More »

Investigation: Distracted Engineer Caused Deadly Amtrak Crash

He was thinking about a nearby emergency when he sped into a curve

(Newser) - The Amtrak crash last May in Philadelphia that left eight people dead and 200 or so injured was caused by a distracted engineer who likely forgot where he was and sped up instead of slowing down, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. That was the conclusion offered Tuesday by a National Transportation... More »

Woman Barely Avoids Death on the Same Tracks Twice

North Carolina driver narrowly escapes death ... again

(Newser) - An Amtrak train struck a North Carolina woman's car Sunday, just two weeks after she apparently damaged her car dodging a train at the same crossing. In her latest brush with death, the woman is said to have driven through a crossing arm in the down position just before... More »

With 3 Seconds Until Impact, Train Driver Plays the Hero

He ran through train to warn passengers

(Newser) - A train operator had just three seconds to react when he noticed his passenger train was about to crash into a truck partially blocking the track ahead near Wagrowiec, Poland. He apparently used the time wisely: In what is being called a heroic move, security footage shows the driver sprinting... More »

Dispatcher Accused of Playing Games on Phone Before Deadly Train Crash

11 were killed in Germany collision

(Newser) - The rail dispatcher in charge of two trains that collided in Germany in February , killing 11, was playing a game on his phone just before the crash, authorities say. The man, whose name is not being released but who is a 39-year-old with years of experience, has been arrested on... More »

German Trains Crash Head-On, With Deadly Results

Death toll stands at 9

(Newser) - "This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region," said a German police rep of a deadly head-on collision involving two regional trains around 7am local time today. German police say the death toll in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, has risen to nine, with the... More »

At Least 7 Dead in High-Speed Train Crash in France

The train caught fire during a test run and crashed into a canal

(Newser) - More than seven people are dead and at least 10 "gravely" injured after a high-speed train derailed and crashed into a canal during a test run Saturday in France, the AP reports. According to the BBC , the train was testing a new rail line between Paris and Strasbourg with... More »

Texas Flooding Derails Train, Crew Members Rescued

The area had nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hours

(Newser) - Two crew members had to be rescued when flooding in Texas overturned a 64-car Union Pacific freight train on its way to Houston early Saturday morning, NBC News reports. Navarro County, where the train was derailed around 3:30am local time, had received nearly 2 feet of rain in 24... More »

NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't on the Phone

No evidence of calls, texts, while Brandon Bostian operated train: NTSB

(Newser) - The results of a "detailed and lengthy" probe into an Amtrak engineer's cellphone use on the day of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia hasn't turned up any shockers. An analysis of call data, texts, cell phone tower transmissions, and data relating to Amtrak's on-board WiFi system... More »

NTSB's New Focus: Amtrak Engineer's Cellphone

Brandon Bostian made calls and texted day of the crash, but unclear when

(Newser) - The Amtrak engineer who says he doesn't remember anything about the train he was operating flying off the tracks in Philadelphia on May 12 used his cellphone the day of the crash to make calls and text—but it's still unclear whether he was doing so while operating... More »

'No Evidence' Bullet Hit Amtrak Windshield

But something else may have struck it: NTSB

(Newser) - The FBI hasn't found any evidence of firearm damage to the windshield of the Amtrak train that derailed last week , killing eight people and injuring more than 200, the National Transportation Safety Board says. "The NTSB has not ruled out the possibility that another object may have struck... More »

Amtrak Trains Back on Track on Busy Northeast Corridor

Passengers relieved to be riding again as crash investigation continues

(Newser) - Amtrak trains began rolling along the busy Northeast Corridor early today, the first time since the deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks even as investigators work to determine the cause of the derailment . Amtrak resumed service with a 5:30am southbound train leaving... More »

FBI to Investigate If Amtrak Train Got Hit by Projectile

Assistant conductor thinks she heard engineer mention it before crash

(Newser) - The feds have interviewed the Amtrak engineer at the controls before this week's crash in Philadelphia, and while Brandon Bostian was fully cooperative, he says he still can't remember a thing about the derailment, reports CNN . But the more interesting development came from an interview with an assistant... More »

Just Before Crash, Amtrak Train Sped Up

Control system was months away from being switched on

(Newser) - The Amtrak train in Tuesday night's deadly crash was going the speed limit until just before the derailment, when it mysteriously sped up when it should have slowed down, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigators. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt says that in the space of around a minute,... More »

Boehner Blasts 'Stupid Question' on Amtrak

Death toll rises to 8

(Newser) - Anger related to the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia continued to percolate on Capitol Hill today, as John Boehner ripped into a reporter asking about whether funding cuts contributed. "Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" Boehner interjected. "Listen: You know they (Democrats) started this yesterday.... More »

Reports: Amtrak Train Was Going 100MPH at Curve

That's twice the limit; death toll rises to 7 in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last night was going more than 100mph—twice the speed limit—as it derailed while entering a curve, report the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal . Each independently cites anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. The Inquirer adds that the train's... More »

6 Killed in Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment

Train 188 was headed to NYC from DC

(Newser) - An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia last night, killing at least six people and injuring scores more, at least five of them critically. The cause remains unclear. "It is an absolute disastrous mess," said Mayor Michael Nutter. The train had... More »

Truck Driver Found 1.6 Miles From Metrolink Crash

Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez charged with felony hit-and-run

(Newser) - The driver whose truck was hit by an LA-bound Metrolink train yesterday , injuring around 30 people, was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run after being found on foot more than a mile away. Oxnard police Assistant Chief Jason Benites says Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was "disoriented," "unsettled,... More »

6 Dead in NY Train-SUV Crash

Vehicle was stuck on tracks 20 miles north of NYC

(Newser) - A crowded commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks at a suburban New York crossing and burst into flames last night, killing six people and seriously injuring nearly a dozen in the railroad's deadliest crash, authorities say. The collision involving a Metro-North Railroad train and... More »

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 »

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