railway safety News

Canada Lays New Charges Against Railway in Lac-Megantic Derailment

The Canadian government has hit Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. with fresh charges over a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people. The charges were laid Monday against the company and its president, Robert Grindrod, according to Zach Segal, a …

Single Engineer for Trains a Tough Sell Following Amtrak Crash

The Amtrak crash that killed eight people this month raised questions of the safety of one-engineer trains, thwarting the idea of reducing freight crews for now, Union Pacific Corp. Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz said. While cargo operators would save …

U.S., Canada Agree on Oil Train Safety Mandates

Almost two years after an unattended oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec, killing 47 people, the U.S. and Canadian governments jointly set new rules designed to reduce the risks of hauling crude by rail. Newly built tank cars must …

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal Seek More Funding for Railroad Crossing Safety

The government should spend more money safeguarding railroad crossings that are “accidents waiting to happen,” two U.S. senators said on Feb. 15. Sens. Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal spoke at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the departure point for the …

New York MTA’s Captive Insurer to Provide Coverage in Fatal Train-SUV Crash

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) captive insurer and wholly owned insurance subsidiary First Mutual Transportation Assurance Company (FMTAC) will lead coverage for liability for third party claims and property losses stemming from last week’s fatal MTA Metro-North Railroad train-SUV …

Did Electrified Third Rail Make New York Train Wreck Deadlier?

It was a hellish scenario investigators had never seen before: 400 feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared a commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV. Now officials want to know whether the rail’s …

Drivers Criticize New York Crossing Where Train, Car Collided

The Westchester County rail crossing made Nicole Sanders anxious even before she witnessed this week’s fiery fatal collision between a commuter train and a sport- utility vehicle. “There are a whole lot of moving parts for the driver to consider,” …

‘Degassing’ North Dakota Crude Oil Before Shipping Among Safety Ideas

After a spate of fiery derailments, the scramble to make North Dakota’s Bakken crude oil safer when it’s being transported on trains has focused on better tracks, slower speeds, and reinforced railcars that bypass urban areas. But that is starting …