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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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

NYC Subway Train Derails, 4 Hospitalized

Accident in Queens strands more than 1K underground

(Newser) - Four people are in the hospital with what the New York City Fire Department calls "potentially serious" injuries after an eight-car subway train derailed in Queens this morning, reports the New York Times . About 20 other people had lesser injuries after the accident around 10:30am. The express train...

Virginia Town Escapes Disaster as Oil Train Derails

But some CSX cars ended up in the James River in Lynchburg

(Newser) - A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in the small town of Lynchburg, Va., today, and the AP reports that three tankers ended up in the James River. Nearby Richmond was preparing to switch to an alternate water supply, though officials said the river's high level will likely make...

Chicago Train Jumps Tracks, Climbs Escalator, Injuring 32

Somehow, none of the injuries are serious

(Newser) - A pretty crazy train accident in Chicago this morning somehow did not cause any serious injuries: A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed as it pulled into the O'Hare International Airport station around 3am, and, well, we'll let the Fire Department commissioner take it from here: "The train...

Sheriff Orders Locals to Flee Oil-Train Disaster

No one hurt, but official calls it a 'Hazmat incident'

(Newser) - Residents of a North Dakota town are being told to evacuate after train cars carrying crude oil jumped the tracks and exploded into flames, Valley News Live reports. No one was hurt when the cars were hit by an oncoming train near Fargo, WDay News 6 reports, but the accident...

NTSB: Wrecked Train Did 82mph in 30mph Zone

Investigators go over train's data recorders

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board says a train that derailed in New York City was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone. The Metro-North Railroad commuter train jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph....

Train Crash Killed Rockefeller Center Tree Worker

Lighting expert, 3 others mourned as inquiry begins

(Newser) - A sad twist in yesterday's horrific train derailment in the Bronx: One of the four people killed when the train came off the rails at a riverside curve was lighting and sound expert Jim Lovell, who was on his way to help set up the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree...

Train in Deadly Derailment Wouldn't Slow Down: Operator

Passenger train derails in the Bronx; at least 4 dead

(Newser) - At least four people are dead and 63 hurt after a Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, according to the AP . Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in...

Chemical-Laden Train Derails in Louisiana

Homes evacuated amid toxic leak

(Newser) - With rail safety in the spotlight after last month's disaster in Canada , the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials in Louisiana has rattled nerves but not caused any deaths or serious injuries. Around 100 homes were evacuated after at least 20 cars of a Union Pacific train went...

French Train Crash Blamed on Faulty Rail Joint

But officials are calling death toll preliminary pending removal of wreckage

(Newser) - An official says a faulty rail joint may have caused yesterday's train derailment outside Paris that left six people dead. Pierre Izard, an official with the SNCF rail company, told reporters that investigators found that the joint had moved from its normal position. Officials said that another train had...

French Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Train was carrying 385 passengers

(Newser) - An intercity train carrying at least 350 passengers from Paris to Limoges derailed today, killing at least six people and injuring more than 22, the BBC reports. The death toll was revised down from a previously reported seven. A rep for France's national railway says the train crashed into...

Train Blast Site Being Treated as Crime Scene

Disaster raises questions about moving oil by rail

(Newser) - Police in Quebec are pursuing a painstaking, wide-ranging criminal investigation of the inferno ignited by the derailment of a runaway oil train that killed at least 15 people and left dozens missing in the burned-out ruins of a downtown district. A police inspector says terrorism has been ruled out as...

Train Operator Blames Disaster on Firefighters

Says they inadvertently shut off power to brakes during earlier fire

(Newser) - The company that owns the runaway train that decimated the heart of a small Quebec town thinks firefighters working on it hours before the crash are to blame, reports CNN . The firefighters put out a fire aboard the train when it was parked in the town of Nantes. While doing...

Victims Feared 'Vaporized' in Runaway Train Inferno

40 still missing after Quebec disaster

(Newser) - Around 40 people are still missing after the derailment and explosion of a runaway train in Quebec , and the blast was so intense that authorities fear there may be nothing left of some victims. The hospital in Lac Megantic, which had been braced for huge numbers of casualties, is "...

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