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Freight Train Kills Transient Who Wandered Onto Tracks

A 36-year-old man was killed by a train near Browne's Addition Saturday evening after stumbling onto the tracks. The man was thrown the length of a city block by the westbound train. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he later died in surgery.

Amtrak Leaves Boise Off The Beaten Track

Two decades of hard-won rail passenger service will end when the last Pioneer crosses southern Idaho on May 10. Amtrak's Pioneer route began in 1977 after extensive lobbying by former Gov. Cecil Andrus, Sens. Frank Church and Jim McClure and other members of Idaho's congressional delegation.

Conductor Blinded To Danger Signs

Blinding sunlight may have prevented a train conductor from seeing signs to slow down, indirectly leading to a derailment this week in northern Spain that killed 18 people. The El Pais newspaper reported that after reconstructing Monday's accident in the small town of Huarte Arakil, police and rail technicians found that the sun's rays at the time of the derailment most likely shined brightly into the conductor's cabin.

Grange Opposes Plans To Tear Up Railroad Tracks

The Kendrick Grange has called for a meeting with the new owner of the railroad line between Moscow and Arrow in hopes of stalling the company's plans to tear up 38 miles of the tracks for salvage. A&K; Railroad Materials Inc. could tear up the tracks in as little as 20 to 25 days, said Robert J. Hassoldt, Grange master.

500 To Whistle Over For City’s Lilac Parade

It may not rank up there with the legendary Orient Express. But the Lilac Express is about to make history. Five-hundred Seattle-area residents recently jumped at the chance to ride a daylight train to Spokane on May 17, watch the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, then take a scenic, leisurely ride home the next day along the Columbia Gorge and Puget Sound.

Wutc Holds Hearings On Allowing Faster Trains

Passenger trains could rocket through Sprague, Wash., at 79 mph under a proposal that regulators will consider this week. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled four public hearings on a proposal by Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Co. to boost trains speeds. The companies say it would reduce travel time and fuel consumption.

Eight Slightly Injured In Amtrak Derailment

Eight people suffered minor injuries late Monday afternoon when an Amtrak passenger train carrying 108 passengers derailed west of Cheyenne. The train, Amtrak's Pioneer running from Chicago to Seattle through southern Wyoming, derailed about 4 p.m. The cause of the derailment, which - occurred about 28 miles west of Cheyenne near an area known as Granite Canyon, was not immediately known.

Eight Hurt In Wyoming Derailment

Eight people suffered minor injuries late Monday afternoon when an Amtrak passenger train carrying 108 passengers derailed west of Cheyenne. The train, Amtrak's Pioneer running from Chicago to Seattle through southern Wyoming, derailed about 4 p.m. The cause of the derailment - which occurred about 28 miles west of Cheyenne near an area known as Granite Canyon - was not immediately known.

Four Hurt After Car Slams Into Train

Four young men were injured Sunday morning when their car slammed into a freight train in the Spokane Valley. The collision occurred about 2:30 a.m. at a railroad crossing near Mission and Thierman, said Marian Heale of the Washington State Patrol.

Woman Dies From Train Collision Injuries

A Livingston woman died early Tuesday of injuries she suffered when her car was struck by a train at a crossing just east of Livingston Monday night. Sharon L. Fitzsimons, 41, was crossing the Montana Rail Link tracks on a private road east of town about 6:30 p.m. Monday when she was struck by the train.

Ex-Tribal Judge Killed In Collision With Freight Train

Former Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Judge Clyde Osborne was killed when his car was broadsided by a freight train. The 75-year-old father of former Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Business Council Chairman Marvin Osborne died about 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the scene of the accident, Bingham County Sheriff's Department spokesman Robert Sobieski said. According to the accident report, Osborne was northbound on U.S. Highway 91, parallel with the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. He failed to see the train, which also was traveling north, and when he turned east on Ferry Butte Road, his car was struck on the passenger side, Sobieski said. Union Pacific spokesman Ed Trandahl said the train was traveling about 38 mph. The train crossing at Ferry Butte Road is not marked with warning signals or a crossing gate. It does have a stop sign and a railroad crossing sign.

Derailment

An Amtrak train safely passes the scene of an earlier derailment Sunday in Secaucus, N.J., where 34 passensers were injured. Repair crews worked Sunday to repair the heavily used tracks. Photo by Associated Press

Train Jumps Track, Lands In Swamp

An Amtrak train carrying mail and 113 people jumped the track at 60 mph on Saturday, sideswiping another train as it landed in a swamp. Thirty-two people were injured. The derailment disrupted rail service between Newark and New York City all day, with two tracks closed. Regular service was expected today.

Train Derailment Forces Evacuations

A pair of locomotives and two dozen cars of a freight train derailed before daybreak Sunday, scattering chemicals that forced the evacuation of two nearby mobile homes. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was heading from Chicago to Richmond, Va., when it derailed 10 miles south of Fresno about 4:30 a.m. Some cars smashed open, strewing cargo along the tracks. No injuries were reported.

Man Killed Trying To Outrun Train

One man was killed and another was injured when they were hit by a freight train as they were trying to cross downtown railroad tracks. Paul Berner, 21, was dead at the scene Sunday night, said Lt. Nick Meisch of Snohomish County Fire District 28.