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Truck Operator in Devastating Train Crash Speaks Out

And more on the Taiwan tragedy

(Newser) - As authorities investigate whether it was indeed a failure to set the parking brake that caused an unmanned crane truck to slide down a hill in Taiwan, where a train hit it , the operator of the truck is speaking out. "I am deeply remorseful and want to express my...

Nobody Set Truck's Parking Brake, and Tragedy Ensues

Death toll in Taiwan train crash grows to 51

(Newser) - The cause of the deadliest rail tragedy in decades in Taiwan appears to be distressingly simple. Somebody parked a construction vehicle but neglected to engage the parking brake, say government officials, per the AP . The truck rolled downhill and came to rest at the mouth of a railroad tunnel, where...

Truck Rolled Down Hill, Landed on Train Tracks. 48 Are Dead

At least 100 hurt in Taiwan's deadliest rail disaster

(Newser) - A train partially derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday after being hit by an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill, killing 48 people. With the train still partly in a tunnel, survivors climbed out of windows and walked along the train's roof to reach safety after the...

Crash Kills 32 After Train's Emergency Brake Triggered

At least 66 were injured in Egypt crash

(Newser) - Two trains collided on Friday in southern Egypt, apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing at least 32 people and leaving at least 66 injured, Egyptian authorities said. Egypt’s Railway Authorities said the accident happened when someone activated the emergency brakes of a passenger train that was headed...

After a 22-Mile Walk, They Sat Down, Were Killed by Train

Authorities in India say workers fell asleep on the tracks

(Newser) - A train in India on Friday plowed through a group of migrant workers who fell asleep on the tracks after walking back home from a coronavirus lockdown, killing 15, the Railways Ministry said. The driver of the cargo train tried but failed to stop in time, the ministry tweeted. The...

Train Plunges Into the Potomac
Train Plunges Into the Potomac

Train Plunges Into the Potomac

Luckily its 7 grain cars were all empty

(Newser) - A freight train went off the rails near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, on Saturday and sent two cars plunging into the Potomac, CNN reports. Luckily the CSX locomotive was just pulling empty grain cars over the Winchester and Potomac Railroad Bridge when the 2:30am EST derailment occurred. But the...

They Were Driving to a Camping Trip. Then the Train Came

Florida woman, 2 young grandsons killed on tracks that had no gates or signals

(Newser) - A Florida woman and her two grandsons were killed by a passing Amtrak train on Saturday afternoon as she drove the Cub Scouts to an overnight camping trip near West Palm Beach, per the AP . The train carrying some 200 passengers collided with the family’s Subaru Outback at the...

Dozens Injured in Sacramento Derailment

2 trains collided, authorities say

(Newser) - Authorities say more than two dozen people were injured in a light rail train derailment in northern California Thursday night. Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade tells the Sacramento Bee that 27 people were injured, including 13 people who were transported to trauma hospitals. He said the remaining "walking wounded"...

2 Hong Kong Subway Trains Collide
2 Hong Kong
Subway Trains Collide

2 Hong Kong Subway Trains Collide

Drivers were testing new signaling system

(Newser) - Hong Kong tested a new subway signal system before commuter trains began early Monday. It did not go well. Two subway trains collided between the city's Central and Admiralty stations and both drivers were hospitalized, the BBC reports. There were no passengers on either train. The Mass Transit Railway...

Schools Chief After Train Crashes Into Bus: 'My Heart Is Broken'

One student dead, 2 injured

(Newser) - One student was killed and two other individuals were injured after an East Texas school bus was hit by a train on Friday, authorities say. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported the collision took place around 4pm, when the bus was at a train crossing in Athens, located about 70 miles...

Netflix on Bird Box Footage: We're Not Pulling It

Company used clip from real train disaster in Quebec that killed 47

(Newser) - Netflix says it will review its practices on stock footage after a controversy involving its newest horror film, but it's not planning to completely bend on what caused the original controversy. The company recently came under fire for using clips from a 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—an...

Video Shows Terrifying Taiwan Train Crash
Video Shows Terrifying
Taiwan Train Crash
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Video Shows Terrifying Taiwan Train Crash

At least 18 were killed, nearly 200 injured

(Newser) - Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused a high-speed passenger train to crash in Taiwan over the weekend, killing at least 18 and injuring nearly 200 others. Now, via Taiwan News , surveillance footage has emerged showing the horrifying moment when the Puyuma Express cars derailed Sunday around a...

The Kids Went Missing. Then Neighbors Heard a Train Horn

3-year-old boy killed in Indiana by freight train, 2-year-old sister critically injured

(Newser) - The blaring horn and screeching brakes of the passing freight train first tipped off locals that something terrible was happening Tuesday morning, they tell CBS Chicago . Police in Portage., Ind., soon after were called to the CSX railroad tracks just south of a mobile-home park, where they made an awful...

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...

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...

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—...

2 Dead in New Amtrak Crash
2 Dead in New Amtrak Crash 

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...

Lawmakers Sprang Into Action After Train Crash

At least 7 GOP doctors provided assistance

(Newser) - Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia , killing one person in the truck and injuring others. The congressmen, family members, and staff were on their way to a strategy retreat...

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...

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...

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