Report: Train going 40 mph at time of conductor's fatal fall
The preliminary investigation into the death of an Amtrak conductor who fell from a train in Rhode Island last month found that the train was traveling about 40 mph (64 kph) at the time, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. As the train was preparing to depart on its route to Washington, D.C., the assistant conductor radioed the conductor but did not receive a response, the report said. The assistant conductor began searching the interior of the train and found an open door in a passenger car.news.yahoo.com
Investigation underway following deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana
Investigators with the NTSB are looking into what may have caused an Amtrak train to derail in Montana over the weekend. Three people were killed and dozens were injured. Former chairman of the NTSB and CBS News transportation and safety consultant Robert Sumwalt joined Ed O'Keefe to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Mexico City metro overpass collapses onto road; 15 dead
An overpass in Mexico City's metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging toward a road, trapping at least one car under rubble and killing at least 15 people, authorities said. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said 70 people were injured, with 34 hospitalized, and people could still trapped inside the train, which was split in two and appeared partially suspended. The overpass was about 5 meters above the road in southern Mexico City.news.yahoo.com
Amtrak pitches new, improved train routes including Detroit to Toronto
Amtrak’s “Connect US” map includes a newly proposed service route from Detroit to Toronto, and from Detroit to Toledo. It also includes enhanced services (more trains) from Detroit to Chicago, Grand Rapids to Chicago and Port Huron to Chicago. It claims traveling on Amtrak rail is up to 83% more energy efficient than driving and up to 73% more energy efficient than flying. Detroit to Toronto not in service since 1971Amtrak has been seeking to bring back a Detroit to Toronto corridor for years -- such service between Detroit and Toronto ended in 1971. AdThe current “direct” rail service between Detroit and Toronto actually starts just across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
La Grange man fatally struck by Metra train; BNSF line delayed
The train that struck the man left Aurora at 6:10 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Union Station in Chicago at 7:15 a.m. It was running express from Downer’s Grove and not scheduled to stop at the La Grange station, Metra said.chicagotribune.com
Minor injuries reported in CTA ‘L’ train derailment early Saturday, slowing traffic on Kennedy Expressway, police say
Because the train travels on tracks that run down the middle of the Kennedy, it affected motorists too. One lane of traffic in each direction was closed while Illinois State Police investigated.chicagotribune.com
DuPage County man’s life sentence in marijuana case commuted by Trump
“I got off the train and was walking down Western Avenue on the South Side of Chicago and found myself standing in front of a cannabis store,” he said. “I must have stood there for nearly five minutes, just watching people walk in the store and walk out carrying a bag.chicagotribune.com
Cranes lift Dutch runaway train off whale sculpture
A salvaging crew prepares to attach chains to lift to a metro train carriage of the whale's tail of a sculpture after it rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails with the driver escaping injuries in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)SPIJKENISSE – The front carriage of a Dutch metro train that landed on a sculpture of a whale's tail after plowing through the end of an elevated section of rails was painstakingly lifted clear of the artwork Tuesday and lowered to the ground. The train was left precariously balanced on the whale's tail 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground Monday, after plunging off the end of a metro line in Spijkenisse, a town on the southern edge of Rotterdam. Two large yellow cranes worked in tandem Tuesday, placing chains around the front and rear of the train's foremost carriage to support it. The train was empty at the time it crashed onto the sculpture and the driver escaped unhurt, thanks to the whale tail's unlikely catch.
Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities
CITIES AFFECTED: The first city closed off was Wuhan, with 11 million people, or 1 1/2 times the population of New York City. Cars and trucks were being inspected at roadblocks on the outskirts of cities and many were turned back. If that fails, the Communist Party has one of the world's most extensive systems of surveillance and social controls. Chinese leaders tried to mollify the public by reassigning the Beijing party secretary and began daily announcements about new cases. THE PUBLIC EFFECT: Food prices in Wuhan spiked as shoppers cleared grocery store shelves of vegetables, rice and other supplies.monroenews.com
50-year-old Warren man killed in train crash
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A 50-year-old man was killed in a train crash Saturday, Royal Oak police say. Police responded to the CN Railroad crossing near the intersection of E. Harrison and S. Main Street after a crash involving a train and pedestrian was reported. The victim, a Warren resident, walked onto the railroad tracks outside of a designated traffic pedestrian crossing in the face of an oncoming Canadian National freight train, police say. Police say at this time it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. The Royal Oak Police Department and CN Railroad Police are investigating the crash.
Amtrak announces nonstop service between DC and New York
(CNN) - Train travel between New York City and Washington is now faster than ever. On Thursday, Amtrak announced that starting in September it will offer a new direct route between Washington Union Station (WAS) and New York Penn Station (NYP). "The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or DC destination in the time it would take you to board a flight," Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement. "This new service will offer an ideal solution for travelers who want to save time and travel between city center DC and New York." Riders can expect to travel for two hours and 35 minutes instead of four hours with the direct service.