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Video Shows Terrifying Taiwan Train Crash

At least 18 were killed, nearly 200 injured

(Newser) - Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused a high-speed passenger train to crash in Taiwan over the weekend, killing at least 18 and injuring nearly 200 others. Now, via Taiwan News , surveillance footage has emerged showing the horrifying moment when the Puyuma Express cars derailed Sunday around a... More »

The Kids Went Missing. Then Neighbors Heard a Train Horn

3-year-old boy killed in Indiana by freight train, 2-year-old sister critically injured

(Newser) - The blaring horn and screeching brakes of the passing freight train first tipped off locals that something terrible was happening Tuesday morning, they tell CBS Chicago . Police in Portage., Ind., soon after were called to the CSX railroad tracks just south of a mobile-home park, where they made an awful... More »

In Train Crash, Safety Upgrade May Have Played a Role

Signal system was down as crews installed 'Positive Train Control' system

(Newser) - Transportation officials have said that a safety system known as Positive Train Control could have prevented the deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina over the weekend. Now the AP reports that crews were actually installing it when the accident occurred. In fact, the very installation process may have played... More »

Amtrak Blames Freight Firm for Deadly Crash

NTSB says safety system would have stopped SC crash

(Newser) - The crash that killed two Amtrak crew members and injured more than 100 other people wouldn't have happened under a safety system the National Transportation Safety Board has been seeking for decades, says NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt. He said Sunday that "Positive Train Control," which slows trains... More »

Amtrak Train Wasn't Speeding: It Was on the Wrong Track

2 dead, more than 100 injured in South Carolina when it hits a parked freight train

(Newser) - The cause of Sunday morning's deadly train crash in South Carolina appears to be the most basic one imaginable: The Amtrak train that plowed into a parked freight train was on the wrong track, say state officials. Now the big question is how that happened. Two people are dead—... More »

2 Dead in New Amtrak Crash

Passenger train collides with freight train in SC; at least 50 injured

(Newser) - At least two people are dead and 50 more injured after an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday in South Carolina, reports CNN , derailing the Amtrak lead engine and some of its passenger cars. The accident, which involved Amtrak's New York-to-Miami Train 91, occurred about... More »

Lawmakers Sprang Into Action After Train Crash

At least 7 GOP doctors provided assistance

(Newser) - Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia , killing one person in the truck and injuring others. The congressmen, family members, and staff were on their way to a strategy retreat... More »

Amtrak Engineer Knew Train Was Going Too Fast

National Transportation Safety Board releases early findings on fatal derailment

(Newser) - The engineer apparently knew the Amtrak train that derailed Monday in Washington state, killing three people and injuring more than 70, was going too fast . He just didn't know it in time. In a preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board states the engineer, who was in the cab... More »

Before Derailment, Train Was Going 80 in 30mph Zone

NTSB says it's 'too early to tell' why it was going so fast

(Newser) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state Monday morning, killing at least three people , was speeding, officials say, and not by a trivial amount: The train was going 80mph in a zone where the limit was 30mph when it came off the tracks on an overpass between Tacoma and... More »

The Railroad Gate Was Down. She Got Out of a Car to Lift It

Woman killed by Amtrak train in North Carolina

(Newser) - A 63-year-old woman who lifted a railroad crossing safety gate as warning lights were flashing was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Police in Charlotte, NC, say the woman got out of an SUV on Friday night that was stopped at the gate, which was lowered with red lights... More »

'Blood Everywhere:' 33 Injured in Pennsylvania Train Crash

High-speed train slammed into parked one

(Newser) - Authorities say 33 people have been injured in a train crash at a station in suburban Philadelphia. A spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it happened around 12:15am Tuesday, when an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street... More »

At Least 23 Dead in Passenger Train Crash

Six train cars derailed in northern India

(Newser) - Six coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India on Saturday, killing 23 people and injuring at least 81, officials said. Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said Arvind Kumar, a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the... More »

43 Dead in Egypt's Deadliest Rail Acccident in Over a Decade

Another 122 injured when two passenger trains collided

(Newser) - Two passenger trains collided on Friday just outside Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people, according to authorities, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than a decade. Magdy Hegazy, a top health official in Alexandria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also... More »

Amtrak Engineer Charged in Crash That Killed 8

He accelerated to 106mph on 50mph curve

(Newser) - Philadelphia's top prosecutor has charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter, and other crimes in a deadly 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106mph on a 50mph curve. Prosecutors said Friday they were in talks with engineer Brandon Bostian's attorney to have... More »

4 Dead After Train, Bus Collide

Biloxi accident is under investigation

(Newser) - A bus and freight train collided Tuesday in Biloxi, Miss., leaving four people dead, CNN reports. A charter bus from Austin, Texas, was attempting to cross train tracks when it got stuck and was hit by the train. There were 50 to 60 passengers on the bus; in addition to... More »

More Than 100 Hurt After Brooklyn Train Derails: Reports

No life-threatening injuries, though, in LIRR commuter train crash

(Newser) - The Wednesday morning commute left several people shook up but mostly OK on the Long Island Rail Road when a train derailed, ABC News reports. The train was slowly entering Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal at around 8:30am when it crashed either into the platform or a bumper, leading at... More »

Dozens Die in Iran Train Crash

3 railroad employees arrested after collision

(Newser) - A train collision in northern Iran killed at least 45 people and injured 100 on Friday, Iran's state media reported. The official IRNA news agency reported that the accident occurred in sub-zero temperatures when a moving passenger train struck another parked at Haftkhan station, about 150 miles east of... More »

5 Dead, 50 Injured as London Tram Derails

Tram driver reportedly arrested

(Newser) - Five people were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram derailed in south London during an early morning rainstorm Wednesday, police say. Emergency workers were still at the scene of the derailment in Croydon more than six hours after the crash, trying to free two people trapped in... More »

Feds: Train in New Jersey Crash Was Going Twice Speed Limit

NTSB says it sped up to 21mph before entering the Hoboken station

(Newser) - A New Jersey Transit commuter train sped up and was going twice the 10mph speed limit just before it crashed into Hoboken's terminal last week, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people, the AP reports. The train's engineer hit the emergency brake less... More »

NJ Train Crash Victim Had Just Dropped Off Daughter

Gov. Christie says it's too early to speculate about cause

(Newser) - The only person killed in Thursday's horrific New Jersey Transit train crash has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old lawyer who dropped her 18-month-old daughter off at day care before rushing to the train station where she died. "It's incredibly sad that this child... More »

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