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Archive September 2000
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Palm Beach County sugar train crashes into parked railroad cars
Miami Herald 25 Sep 2000
- A train carrying sugar and potash crashed head-on into several parked railroad cars Monday, slightly injuring the engineer and conductor, derailing more than a dozen cars and causing one engine to erupt in flames.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokesman Paul Miller said the South Central Florida Express train with three engines and 15 cars had just left a sugar mill in this sparsely populated area.
As it headed northbound on the main track, a thrown switch caused it to move over to a sidetrack, where 10 cars were parked.
Train derails near Canada
spokane.net 23 Sep 2000
- A Union Pacific Railroad train carrying phosphoric acid derailed at 7 a.m. Friday six miles south of the Canadian border in Boundary County, the county Sheriff's Office reported.
No chemicals were released in the seven-car derailment, a sheriff's spokesman said.
Building a safer railroad
spokane.net 22 Sep 2000
- Small business close-up: Spokane inventor comes up with device to detect eroding railbeds
Spokane inventor Dan Picton is waiting for a giant sinkhole to make his day.Picton, the founder of Picton Technologies of Liberty Lake, has stationed four devices he invented that measure erosion of rail-line ballast -- along tracks in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
That region, not far from the Mississippi River, has one of the Midwest's most persistent sinkholes.
Woman Gets $9 Million in Railroad Crash
Chicago Tribune 22 Sep 2000
- Jury selection was set to begin Thursday in the lawsuit filed by a woman severely injured when the car in which she was riding collided with a freight train in March 1998 at a Bloomingdale rail crossing.
Instead, attorneys for Illinois Central Railroad Co., Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Co. and the driver of the car agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle the suit filed by the family of Hanifa Ajmeri, 44, of Carol Stream.
Metro Blue Line Was State's Deadliest Rail Transit System in '99
LA Times 21 Sep 2000
- Despite safety improvements, the Metro Blue Line held the title as California's deadliest rail transit system in 1999, tallying 10 deaths and 40 injuries along the 22-mile line connecting Long Beach with downtown Los Angeles.
The 1999 Blue Line statistics were worse than those for 1998, when the line had nine fatalities and 30 injuries in 47 accidents, according to a report published this month by the state Public Utilities Commission. Most of the 50 accidents along the Blue Line last year involved collisions with motor vehicles at street crossings.
Rail firm to mark crash anniversary
Ananova 20 Sep 2000
- One of the train services involved in last year's Paddington rail crash is being cancelled on the first anniversary of the accident as a mark of respect to victims and their families.
First Great Western said the 0603 Cheltenham to London service will not run on October 5, when a number of memorial events will be held.
Man killed in fall from train
Ananova 20 Sep 2000
- A man has died after falling from a moving train while apparently opening one of its doors.
The body of the man was found at Sanderstead station, near Croydon, south London, just before 10pm on Tuesday.
Family of teen killed in subway sues MBTA claiming negligence
Boston Herald 19 Sep 2000
- The parents of a 14-year-old Dorchester boy who was dragged to his death after getting off a Red Line train last year will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the MBTA today claiming the horrific accident could have been prevented.
The suit, to be filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that James Glovsky was killed at Andrew Station last August largely because of negligence on the part of the train attendant, who failed to notice the boy being pulled along the platform and into the ``pit,'' where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Agents target hunters tresspasing on railraod tracks
adn.com 17 Sep 2000
- While thousands of Alaska hunters are prowling the country for a moose, a handful of agents for the Alaska Railroad are patrolling the woods looking for hunters who illegally use the railroad tracks.
"Hunting is probably our worst time of the year for four-wheelers," said Dan Frerich, chief special agent for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage. "They are a big problem."
According to state statute, it is illegal to trespass on the railroad right-of-way, which extends 100 feet on each side from the track's center line. But hunters often take advantage of the railroad to get to places they otherwise couldn't reach.
Woman unharmed in crash with train
Record On-line 15 Sep 2000
- A 63-year-old Dumont woman emerged uninjured after a cargo train broadsided her car at an ungated crossing and pushed it 118 feet down the tracks, police said.
The impact completely caved in the passenger's side of her battered 1991 Honda Accord, but Marie Franco was unscathed when a witness pulled her from the wreckage moments after the Wednesday afternoon crash.
Delay for train black boxes
Yahoo 12 Sep 2000
- A delay is expected in the installation of a key train safety feature which was recommended for adoption following the Southall rail crash.
The Health and Safety Commission (HSE) approved plans to fit data recorders - so-called black boxes - on all trains following the crash in 1997 in which seven people died. But the rail industry has said it cannot install the data recorders without delaying the introduction of another safety feature - the train protection and warning system (TPWS) which stops trains going past red signals.