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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 »

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 »

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 »

FBI to Investigate If Amtrak Train Got Hit by Projectile

Assistant conductor thinks she heard engineer mention it before crash

(Newser) - The feds have interviewed the Amtrak engineer at the controls before this week's crash in Philadelphia, and while Brandon Bostian was fully cooperative, he says he still can't remember a thing about the derailment, reports CNN . But the more interesting development came from an interview with an assistant... More »

Just Before Crash, Amtrak Train Sped Up

Control system was months away from being switched on

(Newser) - The Amtrak train in Tuesday night's deadly crash was going the speed limit until just before the derailment, when it mysteriously sped up when it should have slowed down, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigators. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt says that in the space of around a minute,... More »

Boehner Blasts 'Stupid Question' on Amtrak

Death toll rises to 8

(Newser) - Anger related to the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia continued to percolate on Capitol Hill today, as John Boehner ripped into a reporter asking about whether funding cuts contributed. "Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" Boehner interjected. "Listen: You know they (Democrats) started this yesterday.... 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 »

Amtrak Dead Were Returning Home to Family

CEO of ApprenNet Rachel Jacobs, AP reporter Jim Gaines among victims

(Newser) - Many of those aboard Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train No. 188 were headed to reunite with loved ones upon arrival in New York. Instead, Rachel Jacobs, the 39-year-old CEO of education start-up ApprenNet who dreamed of changing the world, never greeted her husband and 2-year-old after boarding the train following... More »

Reports: Amtrak Train Was Going 100MPH at Curve

That's twice the limit; death toll rises to 7 in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last night was going more than 100mph—twice the speed limit—as it derailed while entering a curve, report the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal . Each independently cites anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. The Inquirer adds that the train's... More »

Bill: Let Pets Ride Amtrak

Congressman calls for pet policy on trips shorter than 750 miles

(Newser) - A House lawmaker has come up with a novel way to help Amtrak boost potential passengers: allow furry ones, too. Republican Jeff Denham of California travels by plane with Lily, a French bulldog, but she can't join him on train rides. He's aiming to change that with what... More »

4 Stabbed on Amtrak Train

Motive unclear on attack in Michigan

(Newser) - Four people were stabbed last night on an Amtrak train in Michigan, reports Reuters . The motive is unclear, and all four have so survived. Police arrested 44-year-old Michael Darnell Williams of Saginaw, Michigan, reports the South Bend Tribune . Williams appears to have boarded alone in Chicago, and soon after Amtrak... More »

DEA Paid Amtrak Informant $854K for Free Lists

They could have lawfully obtained the lists at no charge

(Newser) - The US Drug Enforcement Agency has paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over a 20-year period for passenger list data that it could have obtained for free, the AP has learned. Moreover, by not using a joint drug enforcement task force directly with Amtrak, Amtrak police have been denied a... More »

US Spent $11B Spinning Wheels on High-Speed Rail

Obama's 2011 promise was 'unadulterated hype,' critics say

(Newser) - Since 2009, $11 billion has gone toward speeding up passenger trains in the US, yet there's little to show for it, the New York Times reports. Though the Obama administration isn't wholly to blame—GOP opposition, community protests, and lawsuits have also ridden the brakes—an expert says... More »

Amtrak Train Leaves Riders Behind in NYC

They get bags of Doritos as apology

(Newser) - Passengers taking the fast train to Washington, DC, from New York City on Saturday were apparently guided to the wrong platform—and by the time they realized what had happened, their train was gone. In other words, Amtrak's Acela Express 2253 somehow managed to depart from Penn Station around... More »

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