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Runaway Train Dramatically Derails After 57 Miles

Aussie freight train rolled away after driver got out to inspect an issue

(Newser) - The driver of a freight train in Western Australia got out to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons early Monday—and it kept going without him. The train, loaded with iron ore, hurtled across 57 miles of the remote Pilbara region before it was deliberately derailed from... More »

Shocking Train Derailment Kills at Least 18

Some passengers were crushed to death

(Newser) - One of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, the AP reports. The Puyuma express was carrying more than 360 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north to Taitung,... More »

The Roller Coaster Car Derailed and They Plummeted

Daytona Beach's Sand Blaster derailed Thursday

(Newser) - Six people were sent to the hospital late Thursday after an 85-foot high roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach, Fla. Two people fell as much as 34 feet to the ground from the Sand Blaster's front car, which was left dangling perpendicular to the beach boardwalk with two others... 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 »

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 »

On First Run of New Amtrak Route, 3 Die in Wreck

Dozens of people are injured south of Seattle in Amtrak accident

(Newser) - An Amtrak train making its first run on a new route derailed near Tacoma Monday morning, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate. A spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff's office initially reported six fatalities, all of them train passengers, per the Seattle Times . Officials later put the number... 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 »

29 Hurt When Amtrak Train Derails

It happened overnight in Kansas

(Newser) - At least 29 people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in rural southwest Kansas early Monday, authorities say. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it came off the tracks just after midnight about 20 miles west of Dodge City, reports the AP . Five cars... More »

Calif. Train Derails, Plunges Into Creek

9 hurt in terrifying Alameda County accident

(Newser) - The front car of a commuter train plunged into a swollen creek after a fallen tree reportedly derailed the train Monday night in central California, injuring nine people, authorities say. Crews had to fight the creek's fast-moving currents to pull riders from the partially submerged rail car, Alameda County... More »

Amtrak Train Hits Rock Slide, Derails in Vermont

The Vermonter was reportedly traveling southbound

(Newser) - Amtrak has confirmed that its "Vermonter" train derailed while heading southbound in Vermont on Monday. NBC News reports the accident happened about 10 miles south of Montpelier, in Northfield; the Burlington Free Press reports the train hit a rockslide. A rep for the Montpelier Fire Department tells NBC that... More »

5K Tennesseans Evacuated in Dead of Night Due to Train

Toxic fumes wafted out after derailment

(Newser) - Thousands of Tennessee residents were roused from sleep overnight on the outskirts of Knoxville when a freight train car derailed and burst into flames, sending toxic fumes into the air, NBC News reports. Seven cops were treated for inhaling those fumes, per a spokeswoman for the Blount County Sheriff's... 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 »

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 »

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 »

ND Oil Train Derails, Town Evacuated

Feds investigate 5th major oil train accident this year

(Newser) - An oil train derailed and caught fire early today in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live. No injuries were reported in the accident, which happened about 7:30am near Heimdal, about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck.... More »

LA-Bound Train Plows Into Truck, Driver Flees

Some 30 injuries reported; driver has been apprehended

(Newser) - At least 30 people were reportedly injured after a Los Angeles-bound commuter train plowed into a truck on the tracks early today, reports KTLA , with three cars of the Metrolink train derailing and falling onto their sides. The crash, in Ventura County some 65 miles northwest of LA, was reported... More »

Oil Cars Still Burning After W. Va. Derailment

Feds seeking tougher train cars as crude shipments soar

(Newser) - Train cars carrying crude oil were still burning last night, more than 24 hours after a derailment in West Virginia , and the New York Times describes the scene as a grim one, with "the dark plume of smoke visible from many miles away, and a bitter aroma of burning... More »

Crude Tankers Explode After W. Va Derailment

At least one car landed in river

(Newser) - A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia yesterday afternoon, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials say. One person was being treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries... More »

Boeing Fuselages Get Stuck in Montana River

Derailment tosses fuselages in water

(Newser) - Rafters on Montana's Lower Clark Fork River are encountering an unusual sight as they round a bend: The fuselages of three Boeing 737 aircraft. The huge aircraft bodies and the train cars carrying them got stuck in the river last week when 19 freight cars derailed, the Missoulian reports.... More »

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