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Oregon Transit Agency Silent on Train Crash

Portland, Oregon’s regional mass transit agency considered it a “minor service disruption” when one of its light rail trans crashed into a concrete barrier last month, didn’t say anything about the accident, and then it suspended an employee who posted …

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 …

Fatal Train Accidents Traumatic for Engineers

Train engineer William Smith screamed like crazy for the young woman to move as she walked along the railroad tracks with her back to his approaching locomotive. And for a split second, he envisioned himself swooping down in superhero fashion …

Up to 18 Hurt in California Amtrak Collision

Authorities say 16 people were hurt when two passenger trains collided at the Amtrak station in Oakland, Calif., Thursday night. Oakland Fire Department battalion chief Emon Usher says one of the trains was stopped and unloading passengers when the second …

16th Firebomb Found Near German Rail Tracks

Police on Thursday found bottles filled with a potentially explosive mix of liquid and powder beside train tracks in southwestern Berlin on Thursday, the 16th firebomb discovered in four days. Investigators found the bomb, which hadn’t exploded, hidden in the …

New Arson Attack on German Train Tracks Foiled

An attempted arson attack on a railway link in Germany’s capital with three separate explosives devices was thwarted Tuesday, police said. It was the third in two days targeting railway operations in and around Germany’s capital. A railway employee found …

Amtrak: Chicago’s Union Station Safe After Concrete Falls

Amtrak officials say they’re still not sure what caused a large piece of concrete to fall and strike a Metra locomotive in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that the rail agency said its platforms are safe for pedestrians to …

Texas Freight Train Collision Highlights Safety Concerns

A freight train has rear-ended a stopped train in Arlington, Texas, where at least six derailments since 1998 have raised safety concerns. Arlington Fire Department Battalion Chief Troy Brooks says three locomotives derailed and three to five cargo containers were …

Trains Collide in Venezuela, Toll Unclear

Venezuela’s transportation minister says two trains have collided outside Caracas and that officials are headed to the site. Transportation Minister Francisco Garces confirmed the collision on state television Thursday, saying the two trains collided in a tunnel in Los Valles …

Shanghai Subway Trains Crash; Hundreds Injured

A Shanghai subway train crashed into a stopped train during a signal failure Tuesday, injuring more than 270 people in the latest trouble for the newly expanded transportation system in China’s commercial center. The signal failure meant trains on Line …