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Garbage Truck Hit by GOP Train Entered Tracks After Warning

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday. …

Columbia River Train Derailment Costs Estimated to be $8.9M

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 …

Lawyer Says Massachusetts Runaway Train Conductor Didn’t Tie Open Throttle

Massachusetts transit investigators looking into a runaway train are recommending that the operator be fired even as a lawyer for the driver said he denies tying a rope or cord around the train’s throttle to force it open, as authorities …

Part of New Jersey Train Derailment Lawsuit Dismissed

Two rail companies aren’t liable for some claims arising from the 2012 train derailment in southern New Jersey that released a hazardous gas, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler’s ruling published Tuesday in Camden dismissed some …

Railroad Settles Mississippi River Oil Spill Claim

A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Dakota Minnesota and …

Railroad Pays $285K for Damaged Ohio Bus Depot

The owner of a bus depot damaged in a fiery 2012 train derailment will receive about $285,000 from Norfolk Southern to settle a bill for damage to the central Ohio facility. Federal investigators said a broken rail caused the derailment …

Nebraska Jury Awards $900K to Former Train Conductor

A jury has awarded $900,000 to an ex-Union Pacific train conductor who sued the railroad after suffering injuries in a 2010 derailment in Columbus, Neb. The Omaha World-Herald reports a Douglas County District Court jury deliberated for more than four …

Schumer, Blumenthal Seek to ‘Overhaul’ Rail Safety Laws

Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say they want to “overhaul” rail safety laws to prevent future derailments and other accidents. The two Democrats said on Sunday they’ll introduce legislation that would boost funding for …

New Jersey Senator Pushes for More Railroad Safety Standards

A U.S. senator from New Jersey is calling for tougher penalties for railroads that violate safety rules among other changes he’s proposing to try to prevent accidents involving hazardous materials. Democrat Robert Menendez says his plan is in response to …

East Europe Floods Lead to Mass Evacuation

Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday. In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains …