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Three Egg Throwers Killed By Train

Three childhood buddies hanging out on a railroad overpass, tossing eggs at the cars below, were killed by a commuter train that emerged out of the night. The engineer of the quiet, electric-powered train threw the emergency brake Thursday as soon as the headlights illuminated the young men, but it was too late, said Susan McGowan, a spokeswoman for the Long Island Rail Road. The train was traveling 55 mph, 5 mph below the speed limit, and had just come out of a slight curve. The victims were Keith Titus, 19, George Baez, 18, and Steven Luparello, 22.

Amtrak Train Rams Truck, Killing One

An Amtrak passenger train rammed a sewage truck at a rural crossing in South Florida on Thursday, killing a train crew member. Two other crew members and three passengers suffered minor injuries when the Silver Star hit the trailer of the 18-wheeler near Lake Okeechobee. The force of the impact peeled the metal frame of the train engine open "like a tin can," said Detective Sanford Shirk. "It wrapped the trailer around both sides and dragged it a half-mile." The truck's driver was not injured. The dead crewman was identified as assistant engineer Randall Moses, 43.

Second Victim Of Train Accident Named

Using fingerprints, Boundary County authorities identified the second victim of Monday's train accident as Marla White, a 28-year-old Bonners Ferry woman. White and Michael Cooper, 21, a member of the Kootenai Indian Tribe, were struck and killed by a Burlington Northern train while walking by the tracks. The accident happened early Monday about two miles east of Bonners Ferry. Authorities ruled out suicide or foul play, but are still unsure how the accident happened. They speculated the two were walking to White's mother's home, or to a popular swimming hole on the Kootenai River. Alcohol was found at the scene of the accident. White, who lived with her mother, leaves behind three young children.

Unmanned Train Rolls 95 Miles

An unmanned train rolled out of the railyard here and traveled about 95 miles before it was deliberately derailed just west of Laurel, Montana Rail Link said. The runaway train Monday night had law enforcement officials scrambling to block crossings from Big Timber to Billings.

Train Derailment Sends Eight Cars Into River

A passenger train derailed early Friday and eight cars fell into a rain-swollen river, news reports said. At least one person was killed and dozens were injured, Korean television reported. Yonhap Television News, reporting from the scene, said 110 people were injured and that eight of the 440 passengers were missing. Heavy fog covered the area, making visibility poor.

Man Hit By Train In Critical Condition

A Spokane man hit by a train Thursday night remains in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center. Robert Stands, 24, walked in front of a Burlington Northern freight train near the 1100 block of East Sprague about 7:20 p.m., police said.

Heat Wave Derails Freight Train

A heat wave that scorched the Plains on Thursday for the sixth straight day derailed a freight train with rail-warping temperatures of 112 degrees and felled cattle in their pens. At least seven heat-related deaths were reported as the heat moved eastward. It was expected to stay the weekend over the eastern half of the nation. Parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois neared 100 degrees.

Train Derails Near Bellingham

Burlington Northern Railroad hopes to open its line at Bellingham by noon Thursday after it was closed when 27 cars of a southbound freight train derailed about four miles north of here. A railroad spokesman said there is a possibility of detouring some train traffic around the accident site through Sumas, Wash., before Thursday. Five derailed cars contained hazardous substances, two each of propane and liquefied carbon dioxide and one of sulfur, but none of those materials leaked, BN spokesman Gus Melonas said Tuesday.

Man Hit By Train Wins Lawsuit

A jury has ordered a railroad to pay nearly $600,000 to a transient who was run over by a train as he lay unconscious on the tracks after a bout of drinking. Pedro Duran, 56, lost his left arm and suffered a broken back and leg in the 1992 accident.

Boise Police Stop Two Runaway Train Cars In City

Boise Police Lt. Mike Webb wasn't sure what to do with the runaway train after he caught it. Racing through the city Wednesday evening, he was the first officer to spot the two 60-foot cars. He caught up near the old train depot south of the Capitol, leaped out of his squad car and jumped aboard. The streets rushed by as Webb clung to the hopper car.

Town Evacuated After Train Derails

Two derailed train cars leaking an explosive propane byproduct forced the evacuation Saturday of 200 residents of this town in southeastern Quebec. The train derailed on CP Rail tracks on the outskirts of Lennoxville, 87 miles southeast of Montreal.

Train Loaded With Toxic Chemicals Derails

A train loaded with toxic chemicals derailed Sunday, forcing an estimated 1,000 people to evacuate their homes. Twelve of the 90 cars of the Burlington Northern train jumped the track just before 11 a.m. No injuries were reported. Burlington Northern had two teams at the scene to evaluate the danger, said Terry Durborow, emergency management director in Miami. In Corning, Ark., meanwhile, about 400 people were still out of their homes after 21 cars of a Union Pacific freight train derailed Saturday and one carrying propane caught fire.

Trains Crash Above River; 1 Dies, 54 Hurt

A subway train slammed into the rear of another on a bridge at least 100 feet above the East River on Monday, crushing a motorman to death in his compartment and injuring 54 passengers. Hundreds of rescuers worked for three hours with ladders and aluminum mesh baskets to lower the injured and help other passengers to the roadway running along the Williamsburg Bridge about 15 feet below the tracks.

Integrity Of Train Rail Questioned

Burlington Northern freight trains rumbling through Rathdrum have weakened a railroad crossing, says a mechanic who works nearby. Don Head of Norm's Conoco Service on Idaho Highway 53 said the tracks at the Mill Street crossing dip three inches under trains' weight and the wheels literally leave the rails when a train roars through town.

Train Derails After Hitting Stuck Truck

An Amtrak train struck a tractor-trailer that was stuck on a rural crossing and derailed Tuesday morning. About 55 people were taken to hospitals, but none was seriously injured. The Silver Star, headed from New York to Florida, slammed into the truck near Sycamore, about 70 miles south of Columbia. The truck's empty trailer had snagged on the raised tracks, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Melonie Anderson. Driver Leroy Ellis, of Fairfax, got out and tried to flag down the train, but it was unable to stop in time, Anderson said. The train was traveling at 79 mph, Amtrak spokeswoman Debbie Hare said. Anderson said that is within the speed limit.