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AUS
Train derailed in northern Victoria
ABC 30 Apr 2000
A goods train has been derailed at Tongala, between Echuca and Kyabram in northern Victoria. The accident occured at a rail crossing when the train collided with a a fuel tanker at about 9:00pm AEST. The accident happened at the intersection of Matheson and Curr Roads. Police say no-one has been seriously injured in the accident.
CANADA
Standards needed to safely clear workers from rail tracks, jury
Excite 28 Apr 2000
Consistent standards and procedures should be developed to ensure workers and equipment are safely cleared from tracks before and after trains pass, a coroner's jury recommended Friday.
The recommendations came out of an inquest into a fatal train accident almost two years ago.
NZ
Death of rail worker stuns union official
The Press Online 28 Apr 2000
A Christchurch Tranz Rail worker has been killed on the same day as his union officially requested a ministerial inquiry into railways safety.
Neil Raymond Faithful, 56, of Hoon Hay, was killed in a shunting accident at the Woolston railway yards near the Curries Road intersection about 11am yesterday.
AUS
Speeding up train crash investigations
Sun Sentinal 28 Apr 2000
Train accident investigations in Palm Beach County will be getting a little quicker and more uniform because of a new special law enforcement committee.
The Rail Accident Investigation Committee was established last month as part of the county's Criminal Justice Commission. It is the first of its kind in the state, officials say, and likely will be expanded to other counties.
UK
Level crossing plan criticised
Harlow Star 28 Apr 2000
Railtrack's plans to improve lights and road markings at Sawbridgeworth level crossing do not go far enough, said a leading safety campaigner this week.
Councillor Tony Dodd, who represents the town on East Herts District Council, is critical of proposals to carry out "minor" works there.
He wants to see the crossing over the busy Liverpool Street line upgraded with the existing automatic half-barriers replaced by full ones.
USA
Rail line shut down after train car explosion in Kentucky
Nando Times 25 Apr 2000
An explosive and toxic chemical fire on a train car forced evacuations Tuesday in this central Kentucky city and disrupted traffic on a main rail line.
Authorities moved the car, with the chemical still burning inside, to a more remote site about 1 1/4 miles south of the city. An explosion occurred inside the car after it was moved, said Rodney Raby, assistant state fire marshal. No injuries were reported.
UK
Disaster survivors discuss aftermath
BBC Online 24/04/2000
Survivors and relatives from major disasters including Paddington, Lockerbie and Hillsborough are joining academics and police to discuss the aftermath of sudden catastrophe.
The two-day event, starting on Tuesday at the Centre for Disaster Management at Coventry University, is being organised by Hillsborough survivor and sociologist Dr Anne Eyre.
AUS
Deadly train fire causes $1m damage
Ninemsn News 21/04/2000
A dangerous blaze involving explosives and gas cylinders on a freight train in Victoria's north-west has caused about $1 million damage and blocked the main Adelaide-Melbourne line
Railway personnel and fire crews risked serious injury by disconnecting the blazing carriages from the rest of the train before learning the hazardous items were on board.
USA
D.C. Subway Fire Prompts Evacuation
Excite 20/04/2000
Fire in a tunnel between two Metro subway stations forced the evacuation of a train and the two stations at the height of the evening rush hour Thursday, stranding thousands of commuters and tourists.
No serious injuries were reported, but paramedics treated a dozen people for smoke inhalation as the Farragut West and Foggy Bottom stations were emptied. The stations, which carry the Blue and Orange lines that ferry passengers to and from the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, were reopened and service resumed at about 9 p.m., after about four hours.
INDIA
India ready to instal rail gates at unsafe crossings
Daily News 20/04/2000
The Indian Government has offered to assist the Railway Department to instal rail gates at unsafe level crossings in the country, Transport and Highways Minister A.H.M. Fowzie said yesterday.
He said that the Ministry has already prepared the project report with the National Planning Department and submitted it for Cabinet approval, it will be sent to the Indian Government.
CANADA
Train derails, causes commuter delays in B.C.
C News 19/04/2000
At least 15 cars of a CP Rail freight train carrying sulphur left the railway's main line early today in Maple Ridge, east of Vancouver.
The derailment cancelled passenger service on the West Coast Express commuter train and caused a late start to the ferry service from the Albion ferry dock. Thousands were affected.
Steve Morris of CP Rail says the tracks themselves have been damaged but efforts will be made to restore the line as quickly as possible.
No one was injured in the derailment.
USA
U.S. Supreme Court ruling limits railroad liability
Pilot Online 18/04/2000
Railroads can't be sued over the adequacy of warning signals at road crossings if federal money helped pay for the devices, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case involving Norfolk Southern Corp.
Voting 7-2, the justices said U.S. government funding amounts to a determination that a signal is sufficient to alert motorists to oncoming trains.
AUS
Arm severed in rail accident
ABC 17/04/2000
A 19-year-old man is in St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne after his arm was cut off in a rail accident at Bendigo.
Police say the man fell under the wheels of a goods truck at the Bendigo railway station, at about 5:50pm on Friday night.
The name of the injured man has not been released.
UK
Judge raps 'greedy' crash lawyers
This Is London 17/04/2000
Paddington rail crash survivor Alan Macrow today condemned the bitter infighting between victims' lawyers who are squabbling over their fees.
Lord Cullen, the senior judge appointed to head the disaster inquiry into the deaths of 31 passengers, has berated greedy lawyers for putting their fees above the interests of their bereaved and injured clients, describing their actions as "extraordinary".
UK
Fire under railway bridge at Sandhills, Liverpool
Railtrack 14/04/2000
Railtrack engineers and contractors are working round the clock to repair a railway bridge at Sandhills, Liverpool, which was badly damaged by fire last night.
Brickwork beneath the bridge in the Foster Street was brought down by the intense heat. This can only be replaced after steel ribs are put in place to act as a support. Steel pins will then be inserted to knit the brickwork together.
USA
Train Accident Kills 11 In Congo
PANA 13/04/2000
Eleven people died and 32 suffered serious injuries in a train accident Wednesday at Hinda, about 10 km north of Pointe- Noire, Congo's economic capital, Radio Congo reported Thursday.
It said that most of those killed were traders travelling from Pointe-Noire to Dolisie.
USA
Subway train derails in Manhattan; no injuries
Boston Globe 12/04/2000
A subway train partly derailed on the Number five line Wednesday evening, but no one was seriously hurt.
The first three cars of the train derailed around 77th street on the Lexington Avenue line in Manhattan at around 7:30 p.m., as the train was headed northbound to the 86th Street station, said New York City Transit Authority spokesman James Anyansi.
USA
Train derails in Martinsburg
MSNBC 07/04/2000
CSX derailment
A CSX freight train jumped the track as it approached the Queen Street Overpass in Martinsburg, West Virginia around 3:30 Friday morning. Fifteen out of 48 cars were derailed in the accident.
No one was hurt in the accident and no hazardous materials were on board. The trainís crew was notified of the derailment by the emergency systems. The train is equipped with air breaks and when the hoses part, [it] puts the train into emergency break application, said Bob Downing, the CSX Vice President for the companyís northeastern region. Thatís what alerted the crew that the train was derailed.
NSW
Safety gets back seat on trains, audit finds
Sydney Morning Herald 12/04/2000
The State Government has announced an $8 million program to remove "dark areas" on Sydney's rail network where trains are invisible to signallers.
The announcement came as an audit of the State rail system found its safety performance was "static" and impeded by lack of co-ordination between different government-owned rail agencies.
NORWAY
Train crash raises questions about rail safety in Norway
Yahoo 05/04/2000
A train crash in an Oslo suburb Wednesday forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people after a propane wagon caught fire, sparking a renewed debate over rail safety just three months after the Aasta crash which killed 19 people.
Residents of Lillestroem and Raelingen were moved from their homes by police after a goods train rammed a stationary train overnight and burst into flames in Lillestroem station. No injuries were reported.
PAKISTAN
Four dead in Pakistani train crash
ABC 05/04/2000
At least four passengers were killed and 50 other were injured when a train derailed in a remote area of southern Pakistan.
Rail officials say the death toll could rise, as communication with the accident site in Sindh province is difficult.
They say nine cars of the Shalimar Express went off the rails as it was heading for the central city of Lahore.
It is believed there were around 100 passengers on board at the time.
USA
Subway train derails in Manhattan; no injuries
Boston Globe 12/04/2000
A subway train partly derailed on the Number five line Wednesday evening, but no one was seriously hurt.
The first three cars of the train derailed around 77th street on the Lexington Avenue line in Manhattan at around 7:30 p.m., as the train was headed northbound to the 86th Street station, said New York City Transit Authority spokesman James Anyansi.
USA
Train derails in Martinsburg
MSNBC 07/04/2000
A CSX freight train jumped the track as it approached the Queen Street Overpass in Martinsburg, West Virginia around 3:30 Friday morning. Fifteen out of 48 cars were derailed in the accident.
No one was hurt in the accident and no hazardous materials were on board. The trainís crew was notified of the derailment by the emergency systems. The train is equipped with air breaks and when the hoses part, [it] puts the train into emergency break application, said Bob Downing, the CSX Vice President for the companyís northeastern region. Thatís what alerted the crew that the train was derailed.
NSW
Safety gets back seat on trains, audit finds
Sydney Morning Herald 12/04/2000
The State Government has announced an $8 million program to remove "dark areas" on Sydney's rail network where trains are invisible to signallers.
The announcement came as an audit of the State rail system found its safety performance was "static" and impeded by lack of co-ordination between different government-owned rail agencies.
NORWAY
Train crash raises questions about rail safety in Norway
Yahoo 05/04/2000
A train crash in an Oslo suburb Wednesday forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people after a propane wagon caught fire, sparking a renewed debate over rail safety just three months after the Aasta crash which killed 19 people.
Residents of Lillestroem and Raelingen were moved from their homes by police after a goods train rammed a stationary train overnight and burst into flames in Lillestroem station. No injuries were reported.
PAKISTAN
Four dead in Pakistani train crash
ABC 05/04/2000
At least four passengers were killed and 50 others were injured when a train derailed in a remote area of southern Pakistan.
Rail officials say the death toll could rise, as communication with the accident site in Sindh province is difficult.
They say nine cars of the Shalimar Express went off the rails as it was heading for the central city of Lahore.
It is believed there were around 100 passengers on board at the time.
India
10 coaches of express derail in Rajasthan, 100 hurt
Rediff on the net 03/04/2000
As many as 100 passengers were injured, four of them seriously, when the Ahmedabad-Jodhpur Suryanagari Express derailed near Pali town in western Rajasthan today.
The mishap occurred between Jawai Dam and Mori Bera railway stations at 0430 IST when most of the passengers were fast sleep, police reported in Jaipur.
USA
Elderly couple killed crossing tracks in Boca
Sun-Sentinal.com 01/04/2000
An elderly couple who tried to drive around crossing gates were rammed by a 121-car freight train and killed Saturday afternoon, police said.
Their car was struck at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Glades Road by a northbound Florida East Coast Railway train. The couple was not identified Saturday evening pending notification of next of kin.

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