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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 »

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 »

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 »

NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't on the Phone

No evidence of calls, texts, while Brandon Bostian operated train: NTSB

(Newser) - The results of a "detailed and lengthy" probe into an Amtrak engineer's cellphone use on the day of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia hasn't turned up any shockers. An analysis of call data, texts, cell phone tower transmissions, and data relating to Amtrak's on-board WiFi system... More »

NTSB's New Focus: Amtrak Engineer's Cellphone

Brandon Bostian made calls and texted day of the crash, but unclear when

(Newser) - The Amtrak engineer who says he doesn't remember anything about the train he was operating flying off the tracks in Philadelphia on May 12 used his cellphone the day of the crash to make calls and text—but it's still unclear whether he was doing so while operating... 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 »

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