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Conductor Dies After Being Hit By Rail Cars

A Union Pacific Railroad conductor died as he was struck by freight cars being switched at a lumber yard. Authorities identified the victim as William Koho, 55, of Nampa. There were no witnesses to the Friday afternoon incident.

Truck Hit By Train, But Driver Escapes

A truck hauling heavy equipment stalled at a rail crossing and was hit by a Burlington Northern freight train. The truck driver escaped injury. Witnesses reported that the brakes apparently locked up on a Pacific Rock Products truck, which was towing a trailer with an excavator, just as the rig was crossing the tracks Saturday afternoon, Clark County sheriff's deputies said.

Freight Train Breaks Loose, Intentionally Derailed

An unmanned 107-car freight train broke loose at Garrison Monday night and was intentionally derailed east of Clinton without injury, Montana Rail Link said. The eastbound train was traveling backward when it was derailed in an area of sparse population and as far from the Clark Fork River as possible, officials said.

Sandpoint Man Ok After Train Hits Car

A Sandpoint man escaped injury, but his car was totaled after it became stuck on a set of railroad tracks and was hit by a freight train. Thomas E. Parks, 39, drove his car through a stop sign on Colburn-Culver Road on Wednesday morning. His car continued across both lanes of state Highway 200, went through a ditch and came to rest atop the railroad tracks on the other side of the highway, Idaho State Police said. Parks could not free his car from the tracks and abandoned the vehicle before it was struck by a Montana Rail Link train. Parks injured his back when he hit the tracks. He was cited for driving too fast for conditions and failure to have a driver's license. Authorities said it was extremely foggy in the area.

Six Killed In Train Collision 170 Injured In Wreck, Renewing Criticism Of British Rail System

A crowded passenger train collided with a freight train here Friday, killing 6 people, injuring 170 and raising renewed questions over the privatization of Britain's railways, which some experts contend has led to a serious deterioration in safety and service standards. Train carriages were split open like tin cans and debris strewn over a vast area, with personal possessions and seats all over the site of the crash, which occurred at 1:20 p.m. at Southall station in West London. Police said at least 13 of the injured were in critical condition; it is feared some bodies may be stuck in the twisted wreckage, from which 16 people were pulled out.

Man Fleeing Police Drives Into Train

A Spokane man attempted to elude six police cars early Friday morning but instead ran into a train, police said. Witnesses said the man was driving with a beer can in his hand. He was headed west on Sprague Avenue in a 1984 Mazda. When police tried to stop him, he turned onto a ramp at a building, located at Stevens and Sprague. When two officers on foot chased him, he accelerated and hit one of them, police said. The officer was not seriously injured. The driver, who appeared to be intoxicated, drove onto the railroad tracks, where he broadsided a slow-moving train. Police arrested Dustin J. Brower. The 26-year-old suffered a cut from the accident. He was treated and released at a local hospital. Brower faces charges of driving under the influence, first-degree assault and attempting to elude police.

Driver Injured When Train Hits Pickup

A Sandpoint woman was injured Wednesday when she drove in front of a train and was thrown 100 feet from her vehicle, authorities said. Kathy Hendrixson, 50, was reported in fair condition at Bonner General Hospital. The accident happened in the morning on West Oden Bay Road, east of Sandpoint. Hendrixson was northbound in a Chevy Blazer and failed to stop at the railroad crossing, Idaho State Police said. A Montana Raillink train hit the front end of the truck, spinning it around and tossing it into the air.

Toll Now 13 In French Truck-Train Accident

Police pulled a charred body Tuesday from the wreckage of a fiery truck-train collision in southwestern France, raising the death toll to 13. The body was not immediately identified, police said. Monday's crash between a train and a gasoline truck at a crossing near Saint-Antoine-de-Breuilh, a village 330 miles southwest of Paris, also injured 49 people, 18 of them seriously. The accident occurred as the truck was crossing the train tracks. At least one of the train cars and the engine were totally charred by the fire, police said. The regional express train was traveling between Bordeaux and the city of Bergerac in the hilly Perigord region.

2 Bodies Found; Train Kills 2

Two bodies were found along Washington 14, and two other people were struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday in apparently unrelated incidents, Skamania County sheriff's deputies said. Washington State Patrol officers were assisting in the investigation of the bodies found along the highway, dispatchers in Vancouver said. No other details were immediately available.

Union Pacific Crashes Prompt Probe Federal Officials Plan Intensive Investigation Of Largest Railroad

Reacting to three freight train crashes that killed seven people in less than two months, U.S. regulatory officials Tuesday announced an unprecedented, around-the-clock inspection of the Union Pacific Railroad. Federal Railroad Administrator Jolene M. Molitoris said a preliminary review of the collisions - two in Texas and one in Kansas - has unearthed evidence of "critical safety deficiencies" at the nation's largest railroad. Officials said over the past year problems have been noted with the Union Pacific's dispatch, train control, training and hazardous materials handling procedures.

Blast Zone Despite Legislation Allowing A Ban On Train Whistles, The Nighttime Horns Continue At University Road Crossing

1. No capion - photo of train 2. Eastgate Motel manager Tony Lazanis has lobbied for years to silence train whistles he says disturb customers' sleep. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review 3. Concrete medians at University discourage U-turns and gate-jumping by motorists at the Valley rail crossing. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review 4. A camera mounted on a nearby utility pole records railroad crossing activity. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review

Two Killed When Train Hits Pickup

An Amtrak passenger train collided with a pickup truck at a railroad crossing Monday, killing a teenager and her 6-month-old son. Monica Ortiz-Navarro, 16, and the baby, Antonio, were thrown from the rear of the pickup, which was covered by a canopy.

6,000 Back Home After Derailment

Nearly all 6,000 residents evacuated after a train carrying chemicals derailed were allowed back into their homes Sunday, once crews destroyed cars full of a flammable industrial material. Three or four families will still be barred from returning, since they live in a half-mile radius where the order remains in effect, said Cliff Lusk, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. No one was injured when 11 cars derailed Friday, or when authorities on Saturday dynamited two cars carrying 35,000 gallons of chloroprene, a chemical that can be used to create the synthetic rubber neoprene.

Boy’s Leg Amputated After Train-Hopping Accident

A shot at riding the rails has taken a tragic turn for a north Spokane boy. Shawn McCoy's right leg was crushed Sunday by a freight train in Hillyard. The 13-year-old boy remains hospitalized after doctors amputated the leg below the knee, a family friend said. Police said the boy caught his foot under a boxcar while trying to pull himself up. The train, stopped near Perry and Baldwin, suddenly jerked forward.

The Pioneer Ends Its 114-Year Run Amtrak Pulls Plug On Southern Idaho Service

After the Ogden-to-Hood River, Ore., Amtrak Pioneer returns to Utah on Sunday, 114 years of passenger service across southern Idaho are over. Since the Oregon Short Line Railroad was completed in 1883, passenger trains have rolled between Pocatello and Farewell Bend on the Idaho-Oregon border continuously except for a six-year hiatus between 1971 and 1977. The last scheduled run to Hood River was Sunday.