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BNSF Acknowledges Iowa Derailment Was Flood Related

BNSF Railway has acknowledged that flooding played a role in a derailment that loosed thousands of gallons of oil into northwest Iowa floodwaters. Railroad spokesman Andy Williams wouldn’t say whether the train engineer knew or should have known about washed-out …

Pennsylvania Freight Train Derailment Blocks Tracks; No Injuries

Seven rail cars from a freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, Penn., sending shipping containers tumbling down a hillside onto light rail tracks below, but no injuries have been reported, authorities said. Norfolk Southern spokesman Jim Glass said the cars derailed …

Report Says Rain Washout May Have Caused Virginia Train Derailment

A federal report says a train derailment last month near Washington appears to have been caused by heavy rains washing out the rocks supporting the track. WTOP-FM cites a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report provided Monday on the freight …

Engineer in Fatal Washington Train Crash Didn’t Know Curve Was Ahead

The engineer controlling an Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state in December, killing three people, told investigators he didn’t realize he was coming up on a curve until it was too late. The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for System That Could’ve Prevented Washington Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle, Wash. came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

Amtrak Plunges on Washington Highway Resulting in Deaths, Injuries

An Amtrak passenger train derailed near the Washington State town of DuPont, sending rail cars plunging onto a busy interstate during the morning rush hour and resulting in injuries and deaths. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova, a public information …

New York, New Jersey Governors Want ‘Verification’ of Penn Station Track Safety

The governors of New Jersey and New York say they want “independent verification” of track safety at New York’s Penn Station, citing recent train derailments and serious service disruptions. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and New York Democratic Gov. …

Cleanup Costs of Oregon Train Derailment Along River Pilling Up

Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is …

Utah Train Worker Error Caused Derailment, Report Shows

A Salt Lake City train derailed nearly two months ago because the operator thought he was supposed to go straight and took a curve at more than twice the recommended speed, according to newly released police documents. Operator Bryce Johnson …