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Federal Officials Investigate Fiery Oil Train Derailment

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans …

Barges Hit Mississippi Bridge, Some Drift Into 2nd Bridge

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Barges hit a 90-year-old railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, and some broke away and drifted back into a parallel newer bridge under which they had just passed on Monday. The old U.S. 80 railroad bridge was …

CSX Safety Lapses Blamed for 2018 Fatal Amtrak Collision in South Carolina

CSX Corp.’s lax approach to safety caused a fatal collision between a passenger train and one of the company’s parked freight trains last year, U.S. accident investigators concluded Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board cited what it called multiple layers …

Pedestrians Hurt in New Jersey Train-Truck Crash Settle Suit

Three pedestrians injured when a slow-moving cargo train hit a tow truck at a southern New Jersey railroad crossing in 2008 have received settlements totaling $1 million. Keith Zaid, a lawyer representing the three injured women, tells The Press of …

U.S. Railroad Workers Charged in $1 Billion Fraud

U.S. prosecutors charged 11 people Thursday in connection with an alleged $1 billion fraud involving hundreds of railroad workers filing false disability claims. In some cases, workers claimed they were unable to work even while they played golf, shoveled snow …

South Dakota Family Sues Railroad After Fatal Train Crash

The family of a rural Brandon man killed in 2009 when a train collided with his truck has filed a lawsuit against the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The Argus Leader reports that the family of Robert Defries filed the …

December Service Promised on Irene-Wrecked New York Rails

The Metro-North Railroad says service will resume along the length of the Port Jervis line by the end of the year. The line serves about 2,800 riders a day in Rockland and Orange counties. It was heavily damaged during the …

Indian Official: Train Sped Up Before Deadly Crash

An investigation into a train crash that killed 10 people in southern India has so far found that one of the trains sped up at a signal where it should have stopped, the railways minister said Wednesday. An additional 52 …

Montana Jury Awards $2M in Injury Lawsuit Against Railroad

A jury has awarded a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway employee $2 million in a lawsuit over a 2001 back injury that required surgery and causes chronic pain. The jury returned the verdict Friday after a trial before District Judge …

Army Corps Issues Storm Contract in Louisiana

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $8.3 million contract to Louisiana-based Cajun Constructors to build a closure structure at the Union Pacific Railroad Crossing in St. Charles Parish. The approximately nine-month contract calls for installing a new …