National Transportation Safety Board News

Rail Union Blames Corporate Changes at Amtrak for Worker Deaths

Railroad union leaders say a “perfect storm” of corporate changes at Amtrak is largely to blame for two workers being killed on tracks near Philadelphia. In a letter sent on April 13 to Amtrak President Joe Boardman, maintenance-of-way and other …

Kansas Feed Yard Sued over Damaged Tracks, Derailment

Amtrak has filed a federal lawsuit against a southwest Kansas feed yard, accusing it of gross negligence in relation to a train derailment that injured 32 passengers in March. In the suit filed by Amtrak and BNSF, the plaintiffs allege Cimarron Crossing …

Amtrak Ordered to Retrain Workers Following Deadly Crash Outside Philly

Amtrak has been ordered to retrain rail workers on basic safety rules days after a train going 106 miles per hour struck and killed two Amtrak employees working on the same track just south of Philadelphia. The mandate from the …

NTSB: Kansas Derailment Site Track Damage Traced to Grain Truck

The derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in Kansas in March that injured more than two dozen people occurred at a site where there had been damage to the track that has been traced to a grain truck, federal authorities …

2 Killed After Amtrak Train Hits Backhoe Near Philadelphia

An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing two people and sending more than 30 others to hospitals, authorities said. Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, …

NTSB: Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Kansas Amtrak Accident

A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator …

Investigators Looking at Rail Condition in Kansas Amtrak Derailment

Investigators looking into the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in southwest Kansas will review rail conditions and other factors to determine the cause of the accident, a federal transportation official says. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief was carrying more than 140 …

At Least 32 Injured in Amtrak Train Derailment in Kansas

An engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes before a passenger train derailed in western Kansas early on March 14, an official said. The Amtrak train apparently was travelling at about 75 mph when …

NTSB Blames Poor Oversight in Deadly Illinois Truck Crash

Failed safety oversight was partly to blame for a deadly crash near Chicago in which a truck driver for a company already flagged as high-risk fell asleep and plowed into emergency vehicles, a federal accident investigations board said. The panel …

Prosecutor to Wait on Charges in Fatal Arkansas Bus Crash

A state police report into a November bus crash that killed six migrant farm workers from Mexico says the driver was “inattentive” in an unsafe manner, but decisions on possible traffic citations or criminal charges will be made after state …