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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 »

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 »

Conductors Leave Train to Check on Problem, Are Killed

CSX employees were hit by Amtrak train

(Newser) - Two conductors who got out of their freight train to follow up on an alert that there was a problem with one or more of the train's wheels were struck and killed by a passenger train near Union Station in Washington DC, the AP reports. The CSX employees were... More »

Moments After Photo Was Taken, Aspiring Model Was Dead

Fredzania Thompson struck by train in Texas

(Newser) - It was Fredzania Thompson's dream to pursue a career in modeling, so much so that her family says she decided to pause her college studies and go after it. "It's what she had started to do the day she was deceased," her mom tells the Bryan-College ... 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 »

Train Kills Woman Hunting for Fabled 'Goatman'

She was hit while walking on Louisville trestle

(Newser) - The search for a fabled "goatman" said to prowl an active 19th-century train trestle in Louisville, Ky., has led to tragedy. Roquel Bain, 26, who was visiting from Ohio, planned to go on a "haunted" tour of Louisville's former tuberculosis clinic with her boyfriend Saturday when the... 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 »

2 Dead as Amtrak Train Hits Backhoe, Derails

Injuries reported in accident south of Philadelphia

(Newser) - Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and two people were killed, reports Reuters , citing local media. Some injuries are being reported. Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended, reports the AP . Amtrak said Train 89... More »

Director Jailed in Assistant's Death Gets Sprung Early

Randall Miller out on legal misstep after plea deal for death on 'Midnight Rider' set

(Newser) - In what Deadline calls a "shock ruling," Midnight Rider director Randall Miller was set free Wednesday from a Georgia jail after serving only half of his plea-deal term for his role in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, the AP reports. The early release was due to... More »

Teen Killed During Train Tracks Photo Shoot

Maryland's John Martin DeReggi Jr. couldn't escape coming train

(Newser) - Friends and family say a Maryland teen struck and killed by an Amtrak train was taking photographs with his girlfriend and her sister. Sixteen-year-old John Martin DeReggi Jr. and his girlfriend were being photographed by her twin sister at a picturesque spot in Boyds, a town about 20 miles north... More »

Woman Killed by Train Day Before 29th Birthday

Authorities say she dropped her purse onto the tracks and was trying to retrieve it

(Newser) - A woman was killed the day before her 29th birthday when she jumped onto the train tracks yesterday at a station in Greenwich, Connecticut, to retrieve her dropped purse and was hit by an oncoming train, CTPost reports. Authorities identified the victim as Tamar Louis. Based on accounts of the... More »

Amtrak Engineer in Derailment Has 'No Explanation'

Brandon Bostian can't remember much, his lawyer says

(Newser) - The engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night , killing seven, remembers driving the train to the general crash area in Philadelphia, but he doesn't remember the crash itself, his attorney tells ABC News . Brandon Bostian, 32, does remember being banged around in the crash and ultimately regaining... More »

Director's Guilty Plea a 'Seminal' Hollywood Moment

Randall Miller will serve up to 2 years in jail

(Newser) - Film director Randall Miller pleaded guilty yesterday in the death of an assistant camera operator on the set of Midnight Rider . Sarah Jones, 27, was killed last year while the Gregg Allman biopic was filming on a train trestle. A train going 55mph struck a metal-frame bed the crew put... More »

Up to 62 Injured as Amtrak Train Hits Truck

Witness: Tractor-trailor was trying to make a difficult turn

(Newser) - An Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn today in Raleigh, North Carolina. At least one of the train's cars toppled and 55 or more people were injured. The tractor-trailer had backed up several times as... More »

Bravo Star Trying to Outrun Train When He Was Killed

Sources say Greg Plitt wanted to show how effective energy drink was

(Newser) - It may sound like a joke, but it was deadly serious in the end: TMZ reports that Bravo star Greg Plitt was in the process of trying to outrun a train—"to prove the effectiveness of an energy drink"—when he was fatally hit by said train . Original... More »

Teen's Legs Severed at His 18th Birthday Party

Australian train driver pelted with rocks after accident

(Newser) - Police in Australia are investigating a gruesome train accident that left a man who had been celebrating his 18th birthday clinging to life after both his legs were severed above the knee. Alcohol appears to have been a major factor: Police say that after they were called to the scene... More »

Train Surfer Electrocuted, Catches Fire

21-year-old man dead after Conn. accident

(Newser) - When a Metro-North commuter train lost power early yesterday in Connecticut, it didn't take much to spot the cause: MTA "workers found Brian McClellen, 21, of Ohio, on top of the train and on fire," reports NBC . Rescuers had to use a fire extinguisher to put out... More »

Virginia Town Escapes Disaster as Oil Train Derails

But some CSX cars ended up in the James River in Lynchburg

(Newser) - A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in the small town of Lynchburg, Va., today, and the AP reports that three tankers ended up in the James River. Nearby Richmond was preparing to switch to an alternate water supply, though officials said the river's high level will likely make... More »

NY Rail Crash Engineer Has 'Severe Sleep Apnea'

NTSB probe: William Rockefeller had undiagnosed sleep problems

(Newser) - An engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year , killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash, according to federal documents released today. Asked if he was clearheaded enough... More »

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