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Amtrak derailment causes long, cramped night for passengers
PG News 31/01/2000
Munching on a complimentary boxed chicken lunch in the waiting room of Pittsburgh's Amtrak station yesterday, Rick Sigrist recounted the highlights of his disastrous vacation trip to Florida.
The first problem was the weather in Florida. It was so cold, he and his wife, Beverly, couldn't wear shorts for the last five days of their two-week trip. This was the sixth time the Marion, Ohio, couple had traveled to Florida by train, hoping to escape the cold.
The second problem was a train derailment. Sigrist loves Amtrak, but on the second leg of their return train trip from Orlando to Toledo, Ohio, the Capitol Limited derailed in a remote section of Fayette County shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.
Train derails
The Hindu 29/01/2000
The engine and six coaches of the Venkatadiri Express from Tirupati to Hyderabad derailed near the Bhakarapet railway station, about 18 km from here, on Friday.
The train was proceeding to Cuddapah when the mishap occurred at around 8.45 p.m. Details are awaited.
Alert driver averts major train mishap
The Hindu 28/01/2000
A major train accident was today averted when an alert driver of the Hatia-Patna Super Fast Express used emergency break after detecting an additional rail line on the original track at a rail bridge between Nadwa and Pothahi stations on the Patna-Gaya section of eastern railway.
Railway source said that the driver detected a 36-foot-long additional rail line near the bridge and applied emergency break to stop the train.The passengers had a miraculous escape from a possible major accident. The original rail track was, however, damaged.
Safety cards for rail tragedy firm
BBC Online 26/01/2000
A train company involved in the Paddington rail disaster is to introduce airline-style safety cards for passengers.
First Great Western says it wants to raise awareness of the procedures travellers should follow in case of an accident.
Passengers injured in train derailment
Canoe 24/01/2000
At least two passengers received minor injuries Sunday night when a passenger train derailed northwest of Toronto.
The four-car Amtrak train, with 168 passengers, was travelling on a Via Rail track, said Halton region police Staff Sgt. Ron Galbraith.
The last car went off the rail but remained upright, he said.
Propane fire under control: Evacuated residents return home
Chicago Tribue 23/01/2000
Emergency workers brought a propane tanker car fire under control early Saturday, nearly 24 hours after it was first reported.
About 600 residents who had been forced to evacuate their homes starting early Friday were allowed to go home about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, officials said. Area roads, including Interstate Highway 475, were reopened to traffic.
Bus drivers worried about high-speed rail service
MSNBC 21/01/2000
School bus drivers fear they won’t have enough time to make it across railroad tracks at some crossings when Amtrak begins high-speed service along the Northeast Corridor. They made their concerns known Thursday night at a hearing on safety held by Amtrak officials and the state Department of Transportation.
Gates at railroad crossings had been set to come down 20 seconds before a train passes. But Marian Oates, a driver in Stonington, said it can take that long to cross the tracks in a large school bus.
State told to act urgently as more trains leave the rails
Sydney Morning Herald 20/01/2000
The deputy leader of the State Opposition, Mr Barry O'Farrell, has attacked the Government over the state of the rail system, which despite a series of inquiries has seen two derailments in two days and seven in four weeks.
Mr O'Farrell accused the Government of putting up a smokescreen, by announcing inquiries but not giving specifics about how they were being run.
Mich. Rail Fire Causes Evacuation
Excite News 20/01/2000
A train car filled with propane caught fire in a rail yard early Friday, spewing flames and threatening to ignite other cars nearby. The danger forced officials to close schools and order hundreds of people from their homes for fear of an explosion.
It wasn't known what sparked the fire. The train was passing through the CSX yard when a railroad employee spotted flames about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Train derails in downtown Columbus OH
MSNBC 20/01/2000
Three train cars derailed and hit the bridge under Nationwide and Front Streets in Columbus OH.
Containers on the cars that were stacked too high and too tall to get under the bridge safely caused the accident.
Several hundred residents evacuated at Kiel after derailment
Star Tribune 17/01/2000
KIEL, Wis - Several hundred residents returned to their homes early Monday, more than five hours after a train tanker car full of a flammable liquid derailed and began leaking.
Police Chief Ron Meyer said a rail car containing methanol tipped onto its side Sunday about 8:50 p.m., and some nearby residents were evacuated until 3:15 a.m.
Tinfoil Shuts British Train Line
Excite 13/01/2000
Transit officials are blaming a piece of tinfoil dropped on the train tracks for shutting down part of the London Underground at the peak of the morning rush hour.
A section of the Piccadilly Line leading to Heathrow Airport was closed for 90 minutes Wednesday after the foil crossed two electrical contacts and caused a signal failure, London Underground officials said in a statement Thursday. Hundreds of passengers trying to catch flights were forced to take buses to the airport while engineers walked the tracks searching for the source of the problem.
12 Die in Indonesia Train Mishap
Twelve people riding on top of a passenger train were killed when it passed under a bridge, news reports said Thursday.
Nine were killed instantly in the accident on Wednesday in Paledang village, about 40 miles south of Jakarta, the official Antara news agency reported. The three others died later in the hospital.
Driver error suspected in derailment
Daily telegraph 13/01/2000
A TRAIN derailment at Hornsby station was probably caused by driver error, it was revealed yesterday.
The derailment on Monday the third on the line in six months happened when a safety mechanism activated after the eight-carriage train ran a red light, sending the front two wheels of the lead carriage off the line.
U.S. wants train horns sounded at all crossings
Yahoo 12/01/2000
Communities will no longer be able to ban trains from sounding their horns at road crossings unless they put other safety measures in place to protect drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Wednesday.
The proposed rule, which will not come into effect until 2001 at the earliest, could affect as many as 365,000 people living near crossings where so-called ``quiet zones'' have been established, the department estimates.
Woman killed by Amtrak train in Elizabeth
Boston Globe 12/01/2000
An Amtrak train bound for New York struck and killed a woman Tuesday afternoon, delaying rail service on the Northeast Corridor line.
The victim was not identified. Amtrak spokesman Russ Hall said she apparently jumped off a platform at the Broad Street Elizabeth station into the path of Train 110, a northbound Metroliner that had left Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m.
Driver: Railroad crew admitted fault in TriRail-Jeep crash
Sun Sentinal 12/01/2000
Moments after Dr. David J. Silverstein's Jeep Cherokee slammed into a Tri-Rail commuter train Monday, CSX crew members working nearby said they were to blame, Silverstein said Tuesday.
"They came running over," Silverstein said. "The crew members said, 'It's our fault.'"
Although the crash still is under investigation, police already have said the crossing gates on West Camino Real failed to drop.
'Second chance at life'
Florida Times-Union 12/01/2000
Survivor crusades for rail-crossing safety
A city bus decorated as a train engine is part of a new effort to prevent collisions at railroad crossings.
Florida Operation Lifesaver and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveiled bus No. 5538 yesterday at The Jacksonville Landing. The bus bears safety slogans, including the message "Look, listen and live."
41 Injured in Train Crash in Brazil
Yahoo 10/01/2000
Two trains collided in a downtown station in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, injuring at least 41 people, authorities said.
The accident took place at the Sao Cristovao station shortly after 7 a.m., when thousands of commuters use the urban train network to get to work. None of the injuries were considered serious, police said.
Police said one of the trains was apparently on the wrong track.
India Train Strikes And Kills at Least 10
Excite News 09/01/2000
A passing train struck and killed at least 10 people after they disembarked from another train in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Sunday, officials said.
They said passengers had stepped off a local train and were crossing an adjacent track in thick fog when they were run down by the Guwahati-bound Rajdhani Express near Bandarak, 68 miles east of the state capital, Patna.
India Train Strikes And Kills at Least 10
Excite News 09/01/2000
A passing train struck and killed at least 10 people after they disembarked from another train in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Sunday, officials said.
They said passengers had stepped off a local train and were crossing an adjacent track in thick fog when they were run down by the Guwahati-bound Rajdhani Express near Bandarak, 68 miles east of the state capital, Patna.
Rail workers hurt in head-on crash
SCMP 05/01/2000
Four KCR workers were injured in a head-on collision between two engineering trains early on Wednesday.
The incident happened shortly after 5am when a train on the north-bound line at University station hit another coming in the opposite direction.
Fog leads to train mishap
The Hindu 04/01/2000
One person was killed and four injured when they were hit by the Agra-bound Taj Express at a level-crossing near Balabhgarh station, about 40 km from New Delhi, this morning (3 Jan 2000). The accident occurred because of thick fog which enveloped the area. The people crossing the track could not see the train. All the injured were admitted to a government hospital at Faridabad.
Eight Die in Pakistan Train Crash
Yahoo 02/01/2000
A train hit a van filled with passengers Sunday, killing eight and injuring nine in central Pakistan, a news report said.
The accident occurred Sunday morning at a train crossing in Chiniot, near the central town of Faisalabad, the Pakistani news agency reported, citing police at the scene.

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