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Juries award $1.3M in train disaster
Sun-Herald 30 Jun 2000
Three Amtrak passengers have been awarded a combined $1.3 million in damages in lawsuits arising from the 1993 derailment of the Sunset Limited in a bayou near Mobile, which killed 47 passengers and crew.
One jury awarded $556,696 to Elizabeth Watts and husband Robert Watts of Placerville, Calif. Another jury awarded $750,000 to Houston teacher Michelle Dotting.
High speed rail tests resume
MSNBC 30 Jun 2000
Testing of the high-speed trains was suspended earlier this month after safety inspectors discovered bolts had broken off the undercarriages of at least two locomotives.
The bolts are used to mount the gear case of the trainís traction motor, which turns a locomotiveís wheels. The problem occurred under stress when the locomotives logged up to 40,000 miles of testing, officials said.
Train driver killed in steelworks accident
ABC 29 Jun 2000
An investigation has been launched into this morning' s fatal industrial accident at the Whyalla BHP Steelworks.
A train driver died after a collision between his engine and a truck at a railway crossing on the site this morning.
Railway worker crushed to death
Ananova29 Jun 2000
A railway worker has been crushed to death after he was hit by wagons while helping with shunting work
British Transport Police said the man, who was in his 30s and lived locally, was working in sidings at Stonebridge Park, Willesden, north-west London. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Camera shows traffic stopping for train
Advocate Online 29 Jun 2000
A security camera at a plant entrance shows northbound traffic stopping for a train approaching a nearby railroad crossing on U.S. 61 moments before a southbound log truck slammed into the forward locomotive, a federal investigator said Wednesday.
The Monday morning collision derailed the Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad locomotive and fatally injured the trainís engineer, Wayne Connor, 56, of Port Allen.
Woman dies on rail track
Herts and Essex News 28 Jun 2000
A young woman from the Bishop's Stortford area was killed by a train on a footpath that cuts across the busy London Liverpool Street line just south of the town.
A detailed police investigation is under way into the death as officers try to discover what happened in the moments leading up to the accident at the Twyford crossing on Tuesday.
Train Derails in Sumatra, 13 Killed
eXcite news 28 Jun 2000
A coal train derailed in Indonesia's western Sumatra Wednesday, killing 13 people, most of them schoolchildren who had been clinging to its sides, local television reported Wednesday.
SCTV television said some of the victims were thrown from the train, and others were crushed between carriages which crashed into each other when the train came off the rails in the town of Padangpanjang on the island of Sumatra.
The town is close to the city of Padang, some 590 miles west of Jakarta.
People often sneak rides on trains in Indonesia.
Railtrack investigates near miss
BBC Online 26 Jun 2000
Railtrack has launched an investigation into its operations at Liverpool Street after a near miss on Sunday night.
The 7.02pm from Liverpool Street to Colchester reportedly passed the red signal at 7.18pm yesterday near Ilford in Essex.
Danger was averted after a signalman at Liverpool Street sent a message to the driver, who brought the train to an emergency stop, just 200 meters in front of the 6.30pm Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street train.
Fire Stalls Trains
Herald Tribune 26 Jun 2000
About 1,800 passengers spent Saturday night in train stations and stalled train cars along the French Riviera after a fire halted rail traffic between Nice and Marseille, the national railroad company said Sunday.
Train line cut for days due to derailment
ABC 26 Jun 2000
A rail line in New South Wales's central west is expected to be blocked for the rest of this week, after a derailment occurred yesterday.
Poor tracks are being blamed for the accident.
The derailment occurred yesterday afternoon as a train, owned by Victorian based Freight Australia was transporting grain from the Cowra district to Port Kembla.
21 Hurt in Georgia Train Accident
eXcite news 21 Jun 2000
A cable-drawn train car derailed Wednesday on a mountain outside the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, injuring 21 Japanese tourists, a hospital director said.
The four-car train was ascending Mtatsminda Mountain when one car overturned and slid nearly 50 feet downhill, striking a metal barrier, said Apollon Dzhaniashvili, the prosecutor for Tbilisi's central district.
Two Die When Train Hits Car in Fla.
eXcite news 19 Jun 2000
A freight train slammed into a car at a railroad crossing, killing two passengers, after the 17-year-old driver allegedly ignored warning lights.
A woman in the front passenger seat was killed instantly in Sunday's crash and a girl in the back seat died on the way to the hospital, police said.
Train passes Paddington signal at red
ThisIsLondon 19 Jun 2000
Rail authorities will today open an investigation into how a train passed through a red light at Paddington in a potentially serious incident on Friday evening.
The Thames Trains Turbo is believed to have overshot the signal outside Paddington station by up to 500 metres before the driver was called to a halt. Ten minutes later another train would have been leaving on the same track, a Thames Trains spokesman confirmed.
Train derails after hitting lorry
The Hindu 18 Jun 2000
The Secunderabad-Tenali Nagarjuna Express derailed near Vishnupuram in Nalgonda district at 9.45 a.m. today after hitting the rear portion of a sand-laden lorry. While the lorry driver was injured, none in the train suffered any injury.
According to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of the South Central Railway (SCR) Vijayawada division, Mr. Satish Kumar, the train driver, noticed the lorry which was trying to cross the unmanned level- crossing at km.no. 127/14 and took all necessary precautions, including blowing the whistle. The lorry driver ``misjudged'' the speed of the approaching train and proceeded to cross the level-crossing. While the front portion of the lorry could cross the track, the rear portion was hit by the train. In the impact of the hit, the lorry was thrown onto one side, while the wheel of the lorry got stuck in the wheels of the second coach from the engine. As a result, a pair of wheels of the second and third coaches from the engine jumped the rails.
Mother of boy killed in train crash sues
Arizona Daily Star 18 Jun 2000
The mother of a 22-month-old toddler killed when a freight train struck her car four months ago filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Union Pacific and the train's engineer. The suit, filed in Superior Court, says the train "failed to apply the brakes in a timely matter, thereby allowing their train to collide with the vehicle."
The suit alleges the train, which was less than a mile long and weighed 6.4 million pounds, was not provided with "brakes capable of controlling the train speed, nor of stopping or slowing the train in emergency." The train was headed to Long Beach, Calif.
Man dies after falling under train
Ananova 17 Jun 2000
A man has died after falling under an underground train at Euston station.
The man, in his 30s from Essex, is believed to have fallen or jumped in front of a southbound train on the Victoria line.
Eurostar train in track-death incident
Ananova 16 Jun 2000
A high-speed Eurostar train, travelling to Brussels from London, has struck and killed a person on the tracks in northern France.
The incident has taken place about 19 miles north of Lille.
The train, with 300 passengers on board, braked urgently but was unable to avoid striking the person.
Union Pacific Freight Train Derails
infobeat 12 Jun 2000
Dozens of freight cars derailed early Monday on Union Pacific tracks, closing the line through southern Arizona for at least a day and disrupting Amtrak service. The two-man crew was unhurt.
Thirty-four of the train's 107 cars derailed around 2:20 a.m., damaging 800 feet of track, said Union Pacific spokesman Mike Furtney.
Monorail Riders Injured in Crash
Yahoo 10 Jun 2000
Two monorail trains crashed at the Minnesota Zoo on Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people, zoo officials said.
One train carrying 80 passengers rear-ended the other as about 70 passengers were disembarking about 1:30 p.m. Neither train left the tracks.
Train slams into back of log truck; no injuries
Mobile Register 08 Jun 2000
An Amtrak train separated a log-truck trailer from its cab Wednesday morning when the truck driver apparently tried to beat it through a railroad crossing, officials said.
Earnest D. Allen of Chatom was not injured in the accident that took place at 10:30 a.m. at the Hand Avenue crossing
Tranz Rail probe delayed
NZ Herald 07 Jun 2000
Details of a Ministerial inquiry into the safety practices at Tranz Rail now won't be released until next week.
The inquiry was ordered after a spate of work-related deaths at Tranz Rail
One killed, 24 injured in UP train accident
Rediff.com 06 Jun 2000
The driver of the Mathura-Kasganj Passenger died on the spot and about two dozen passengers were injured when the train derailed near Kasganj in Etah district, central Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. According to information reaching the state headquarters here on Tuesday morning, loose fishplates caused the accident.
The train, on its way to Kasganj from Mathura, was about five km from Kasganj station when the mishap occurred. As the engine jumped the rails, driver Vinit Kumar stepped out of his cabin to see what had happened. He was thrown overboard and got crushed under the engine.
Two injured in rail accident
The Press Online 05 Jun 2000
Two Tranz Rail employees have been airlifted to Wellington Hospital by rescue helicopter after the truck they were in was hit by a Tranz Metro train at Paekakariki, 42km northeast of Wellington.
Sergeant Ron Walker, of Porirua police, said the two men were driving off railway tracks in Paekakariki yesterday after working on overhead lines when a south-bound Tranz Metro train collided with their vehicle, shunting them off the tracks.
Eight killed as van, train collide near Koppal
Deccan Herald 03 Jun 2000
Eight persons were killed and one person seriously injured when a Tempo-Trax crossed the path of the Hubli-Bellary passenger train at an unmanned level-crossing between Banapura and Halageri in Koppal district, about 100 km from here, at around 11.35 am today.
According to police, the deceased were all Congress party workers who were on the election campaign trail.
Metro Let Train Go Despite Blaze
Washington Post 03 Jun 2000
Metro controllers knowingly sent a rush-hour train filled with passengers toward a fire in the tunnel between Farragut West and Foggy Bottom on April 20, transit officials acknowledged yesterday.
At a hearing before the D.C. Council, Metro Assistant General Manager Charles Thomas said Metro's operations control center permitted a Blue Line train carrying 273 passengers to leave the Farragut West station and head toward Foggy Bottom, even though a fire in the tunnel connecting the stations had been reported five minutes earlier by another train.
2 CTA workers fired in train derailment
Chicago Tribune 02 Jun 2000
Two CTA rail employees have been fired for activating a track switch while a Blue Line train was moving from one track to another, derailing the train and injuring four passengers last month, the transit agency said Thursday.
CTA president Frank Kruesi dismissed the unidentified switchmen, both veterans of the agency, after they refused to cooperate with accident investigators after the May 11 incident on the Blue Line near the Western Avenue station along the Eisenhower Expressway.
Citing human error, the CTA investigation determined the track switch at the Western crossover, which enables trains to move from track to track, was manually moved as the four-car train passed through. The last two cars of the train derailed.
Amtrak Train Derails in N.C.
Excite News 01 Jun 2000
An Amtrak train derailed Thursday, causing no injuries but forcing 286 passengers to continue their journey by bus to Washington, D.C., an Amtrak spokesman said. Kevin Johnson, Amtrak's manager of media relations in Chicago, said a set of wheels on one of the five coaches left the track near Cary, just outside of Raleigh.
Johnson said he didn't know what caused the derailment or how fast the train was traveling. The train was pulled by one locomotive and also had a package car, he said.

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