rail safety News

Metro-North Railroad Says Most Safety Upgrades Are Complete

Metro-North Railroad, the nation’s second-largest commuter rail system, on Wednesday released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year and said it has completed most of its priorities. In a …

CSX Oil Tank Cars Derail, Catch Fire in Lynchburg, Virginia

A CSX Corp. crude train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, Wednesday, sparking a fire in at least three tank cars, spilling oil into a river and forcing a partial evacuation of the city’s downtown. No injuries were reported, and the fire …

Safety Board Says Rail Oil Tanker Rules Should Be Put on Washington Fast Track

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, …

N.Y. Metro-North Employee Paralyzed in Train Derailment Files $100M Suit

A Metro-North employee paralyzed in the deadly train derailment in the Bronx has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the railroad. Samuel Rivera’s lawyer told the Daily News that his client has extraordinary medical needs as a result of his …

Report: Federal Inspectors Found 7,100 Metro-North Defects Over Last Decade

A Connecticut newspaper reports that federal inspectors found more than 7,100 defects and deficiencies in the Metro-North Railroad over the last decade, but records show regulators launched an investigation only after two high-profile accidents last year. In an open records …

Federal Report: N.Y. Metro-North Railroad Allowed Safety to Erode

The second-largest U.S. commuter railroad allowed safety to erode while pushing to keep its trains on time, resulting in a lax culture of inadequate inspections, poor training and inappropriate cellphone use, according to a stinging federal report prompted by a …

Feds to Examine New York’s Metro-North Railroad for 2 Months

Federal experts will spend the next two months examining safety compliance and safety culture at a commuter railroad that operated a train that derailed and killed four people this month.The effort will assess a broad range of practices at Metro-North …

NTSB: Technology Upgrade Likely Could Have Prevented N.Y. Train Derailment

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they’ve been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York.The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called positive train control would …

New York Train Wreck Could Be Case of Highway Hypnosis

It’s sometimes called highway hypnosis or white-line fever, and it’s familiar to anyone who has driven long distances along a monotonous route.Drivers are lulled into a semi-trance state and reach their destination with little or no memory of parts of …

After Derailment, Feds Order Changes at New York Railway

U.S. transportation officials ordered the Metro-North Railroad last Friday to quickly overhaul its signal system and temporarily put an extra worker in the driver’s cab on some routes that have major speed changes, including the one where a speeding commuter …