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Amtrak's New Problem: Cars Uncoupling at High Speed

Nobody is hurt in incident involving Acela train in Maryland

(Newser) - Because Amtrak needed one more negative headline: One of its high-speed Acela trains came apart Tuesday morning while en route from DC to New York. Specifically, the first two cars on the train uncoupled from each other in Maryland, reports the Baltimore Sun . Both cars had passengers, but nobody was... 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 OK After Train's Fatal Collision With Truck

Republican members of Congress were on their way to West Virginia; person in truck is dead

(Newser) - A train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck on Wednesday. One person aboard the truck is dead and another seriously injured, reports NBC Washington . No lawmakers were believed to be seriously hurt, though one was taken to the hospital, according to... More »

He Was Busted at Train's Controls. Now, Terror Charges

FBI says it found weapons, ammo, white supremacist materials at Taylor Wilson's home

(Newser) - A white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska has been charged with terrorism. Documents unsealed Wednesday in US District Court in Lincoln show 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles, Mo., is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems, the AP... 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 »

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 »

NYC Commuters' 'Summer of Hell' Begins Monday

'I'd rather have my teeth pulled,' commuter says of anticipated woes from repair project

(Newser) - A massive two-month repair project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station, temporarily exacerbating the daily commuting struggle during what New York's governor has predicted will be a "summer of hell," per the AP . At Penn Station, crowds of commuters fume at frequent delays,... More »

Passengers on Stalled Train Manage to Get Pizzas Delivered

Delivery man says this was one of his strangest calls in 17 years

(Newser) - A pizza delivery man in Delaware got an order from an unusual address: a stalled Amtrak train from New York on its way to Washington. Passenger Mitchell Katz posted a video of delivery man Jim Leary walking up to the train Sunday evening as it sat on the tracks. People... 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 »

Armed Man Arrested After Standoff on Amtrak Train

Police fired tear gas at the suspect, who barricaded himself in one of the cars

(Newser) - An Amtrak train had to be evacuated outside Los Angeles Friday night due to a passenger with a gun, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to KABC , fellow passengers saw the armed man and alerted Amtrak personnel, who notified police. The man appeared to be intoxicated, on drugs, or having... More »

Amtrak Hilariously Flubs Response Over Stuck Elevator

Still there? it asks, seven months later

(Newser) - Amtrak is taking its lumps after a Twitter misfire. In response to a woman's tweet about being stuck in an Amtrak elevator at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Amtrak tweeted on Wednesday, "We are sorry to hear that. Are you still in the elevator?" Well, no. Amanda Carpenter's plea... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Chris Christie Kicked Off Train for Screaming

New Jersey governor was in the, uh, quiet car

(Newser) - Chris Christie made a little news Sunday when he boarded a "quiet" Amtrak car and barked so loudly into his phone that the conductor kicked him off. After nearly missing the 9:55 from DC to New York, Gawker reports, Christie boarded the car in a pretty foul mood.... More »

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