Derailment News

Speed, Lack of Awareness Blamed for Three-Train SEPTA Crash in Pennsylvania

Federal investigators say speed and a lack of awareness were likely to blame for an accident last year near Philadelphia, Penn., involving three out-of-service SEPTA trains. A train rear-ended a stopped train near the 69th Street Station, causing several cars …

Prosecutors Can Try to Reinstate Charges in 2015 Amtrak Wreck in Pennsylvania

The fight to reinstate criminal charges against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia will carry over into next year. A judge on Wednesday told prosecutors she will review Brandon Bostian’s case, and she set a hearing …

New Jersey Transit Train Stuck in Tunnel Three Hours, Stun Gun Sparks Stampede

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a …

Amtrak Engineer Sues Railroad Over Deadly Pennsylvania Train Crash

The Amtrak engineer involved in a deadly 2015 crash in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has sued the railroad, saying it failed to address reports that people were throwing projectiles at trains. Brandon Bostian, 33, said he was left disoriented or unconscious when …

Judge Approves $265M Settlement in 2015 Pennsylvania Amtrak Derailment

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday approved a $265 million settlement over an Amtrak passenger train crash in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed eight people and injured about 200 others, court records showed. The settlement ordered by U.S. District Court …

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 …

Canada Aims to Finalize Oil Tank Car Standards by End of April: Minister

The Canadian government would like to finalize specifications for a new version of the tank cars used to transport crude oil by rail by the end of this month, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Tuesday. In the wake …

CN Railway’s Safety Record Deteriorated in 2014 Due to Poor Track Conditions

Canadian National Railway’s safety record deteriorated sharply in 2014, reversing years of improvements, as accidents in Canada blamed on poor track conditions hit their highest level in more than five years, a Reuters analysis has found. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board …

Canada Transport Watchdog to Introduce New Tank Cars Ahead of Schedule

Canada’s transportation watchdog said that recent fiery derailments of trains hauling crude oil mean a new generation of stronger tanker wagons should be introduced ahead of schedule. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is probing two accidents within the last month …

Canada Proposes Tough New Oil Tank Car Standards

Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery …