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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Boy 'a Little Upset' After Leg Severed by Train

Florida teen was rushing to make curfew at youth center

(Newser) - A Florida teenager lost part of his leg early this morning rushing to make curfew at a youth center, WJXT Jacksonville reports. Police say Jayson Ahrens, 15, slipped and fell while trying to board a moving train just after midnight, and his leg was severed "slightly above the ankle.... More »

Chicago Train Jumps Tracks, Climbs Escalator, Injuring 32

Somehow, none of the injuries are serious

(Newser) - A pretty crazy train accident in Chicago this morning somehow did not cause any serious injuries: A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed as it pulled into the O'Hare International Airport station around 3am, and, well, we'll let the Fire Department commissioner take it from here: "The train... More »

Train Pulls Into Station With Body Pinned to It

French train officials say train hit cyclist at village crossing

(Newser) - French train passengers were in shock today when a train rolled into a station with a bicyclist's dead body pinned to the driver's carriage, AFP reports. The high-speed train apparently hit the 48-year-old cyclist at a village crossing and carried it 25 miles to Mulhouse station. Police found... More »

Teen Killed Trying to Retrieve Phone From Tracks

She was sucked in by freight train's 'vacuum'

(Newser) - Yet another person has died after putting her phone's safety ahead of her own. Jenna Betti, 14, was killed by a freight train on Sunday when she tried to retrieve a phone she had dropped on the tracks in Martinez, Calif., reports the San Francisco Chronicle . She had been... 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 »

Train in Deadly Derailment Wouldn't Slow Down: Operator

Passenger train derails in the Bronx; at least 4 dead

(Newser) - At least four people are dead and 63 hurt after a Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, according to the AP . Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in... More »

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