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1. The train is a great place to take pictures, photographer Michael Gallacher finds out Wednesday. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. (photo of train logo)
Charles Mott, left of Seattle and Mark Garcia of Mount Vernon, Wash., brought American and Canadian flags as they boarded the first scheduled train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., on Friday. Photo by Associated Press
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.
A man walking along railroad tracks was struck and killed Saturday by a Burlington Northern freight train, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was walking southbound along the easternmost set of tracks. He was talking to a railroad work crew as a southbound train approached, said Gary Summers, battalion chief for Snohomish County Fire Protection District 1. Witnesses yelled for the man to get off the tracks, but it was too late.
An express train plowed into a crowded bus Saturday in the Nile Delta region, killing 42 people and injuring 45 others. The bus carried about 90 workers heading to a textile factory when it was struck about 7 a.m. at a rural rail crossing near Quwesna, 36 miles north of Cairo. There were conflicting reports on whether the bus driver was mistakenly waved through the crossing by a guard or ignored alarm bells. Wreckage from the bus was strewn for 200 yards along the path next to the tracks.
A freight train collided with a car full of teen-agers apparently trying to beat it to a rural crossing Saturday. All six youths were killed. The Burlington Northern train was heading north at about 43 mph when it collided with the two-door Volvo sedan. The car rolled and burst into flames, state patrol spokesman Scott Nathlich said.
The train they call the City of New Orleans will be cut from seven to five days a week, the Broadway Limited to Chicago will end at Pittsburgh and Houston residents who want to ride the Texas Eagle north will have to start with a bus trip to Dallas. Amtrak dropped the other shoe Thursday, announcing a series of service cuts scheduled to take place in June and September as the passenger railroad tries to eliminate red ink.
One car of a Union Pacific freight train jumped the track while it was passing through downtown Sandpoint Monday. The accident stalled traffic at the Oak Street and Fifth Avenue intersection for about an hour before the train was moved.
A freight train headed for Canada derailed north of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on Sunday afternoon, sending 20 of its 50 cars off the tracks. No injuries were reported in the 12:35 p.m. accident, which remained under investigation late Sunday.
Canada's government called opposing sides in a rail strike together Sunday to negotiate an end to the conflict, but threatened to legislate a resolution if talks fail. "I still believe the best solution is for them to find solutions to their problems," Labor Minister Lucienne Robillard said before returning to Ottawa for a cabinet meeting about the strike.
A Sunday afternoon derailment of 12 train cars east of Helena left damaged track and spilled grain, but no injuries. One car overturned, spilling about half its load of grain, and about 600 feet of track was destroyed.
Schoolchildren in Rathdrum stop to look at the aftermath of an accident after a train struck a car that did not stop at the tracks. The drive, Alva Smith, 83, was taken to the hospital where he was listed in fair condition. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
Three men trying to steal copper wiring from a railroad track were struck and killed by a passenger train south of Paris. The incident occurred Saturday night. The men apparently were unable to leap to safety when the train emerged from a tunnel.
A fast-moving passenger train rammed into a stationary train in northern Bangladesh on Friday. News reports said at least 150 people were killed. The collision at Hili railroad station in the Dinajpur district, 170 miles north of Dhaka, occurred Friday night when the Simanta Express, bound for southwestern Khulna, collided with a local train, railway officials said. Both trains were packed with passengers.
A passenger train derailed and plummeted into a ravine in central Burma, killing 102 people in what broadcast reports said was the country's deadliest train accident ever. The train, traveling between Mandalay and Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital, derailed Friday near the town of Wuntho when the brakes failed as it descended a hill. The train lost control, and several coaches plunged into the ravine, radio reports indicated.