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UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Train derails in Spokane Valley; tankers overturned but no leaks detected

Train crews are working Wednesday morning at the scene of a derailment where several train cars, including a couple tankers, came off the tracks in Spokane Valley.

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

One of Taiwan’s fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, authorities said.

‘Everybody hated that curve’: Amtrak engineer told of worries before December crash south of Tacoma

National safety board calls out the “diffusion of responsibility” by four rail agencies that didn’t challenge an unsafe curve design of the track near DuPont where the derailment occurred.

UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018

NTSB hears from witnesses on Washington state train wreck

Federal safety investigators on Tuesday questioned transportation officials about last year’s Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle that killed three people and injured dozens, focusing some questions on the curve …

Four people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky

Two freight trains collided and derailed shortly before midnight, injuring four people and igniting a fire that forced nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said Monday.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

This teen was critically injured in the Amtrak derailment. Here’s what’s next for him.

Sixteen-year-old Timmy Brodigan, who was critically injured in the Dec. 18 Amtrak derailment near DuPont, was flown to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday morning, according to KOMO News.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018

NTSB report: Amtrak engineer missed speed-limit signs before train crashed south of Tacoma

The engineer on the Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma in December, killing three people and injuring dozens, said he didn’t see or didn’t recognize the signposts and signals …

Outside View: Accident shows rail safety can’t be delayed

Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.

BRIEF: Rail car gets off-track at Pasco hump yard

Officials say nothing spilled out of a rail car that tipped over Friday morning in Pasco.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

I-5 opens after derailment cleanup

Southbound Interstate 5 between Tacoma and Olympia to be fully open by Thursday morning

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Speeding Amtrak train didn’t brake before fatal crash near DuPont, according to NTSB analysis of data recorders

The engineer of a train hurtling down a curving track at some 50 mph over the posted speed limit did not apply the brakes before the train began going off …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Amtrak train derailed on new, faster route that drew concern

A community along the new rail line where an Amtrak train derailed in a deadly crash had tried to stop the project on grounds higher-speed passenger trains would endanger pedestrians …

Derailment shows vulnerability of I-5

Amtrak derailment underscores vulnerable nature of Interstate 5 as it connects Western Washington cities with other communities between the Canadian and Mexican borders.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Amtrak train was 50 mph over speed limit when it crashed near Olympia on inaugural run, killing at least 3

Three people were killed when an Amtrak train derailed between Tacoma and Olympia, spilling cars during the morning commute on busy Interstate 5.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Holiday train derails in Columbia River Gorge; no injuries

A train carrying more than 200 people on a holiday-themed ride in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has derailed.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2

A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown

Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Freight train derails, sending train car into home; 1 hurt

Authorities say a freight train has derailed and crashed into a home in Atlanta, knocking it askew and injuring a man.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

30 coal cars derail in northwest Montana

A train hauling coal derailed Sunday night in northwest Montana, spilling multiple cars-worth of coal near the town of Noxon.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Most residents allowed home after Pennsylvania derailment

Authorities say most residents are being allowed to return to the homes they were forced to leave after a train derailment and resulting fires in their small Pennsylvania town.

Nobody hurt as 21 coal-hauling cars derail in San Antonio

Officials say 21 freight cars hauling coal from Wyoming have derailed in South Texas as temperatures reached the triple digits.

Bad track caused Penn Station derailment

A report shows that a faulty track condition caused a recent train derailment at New York’s Penn Station in an area where Amtrak is performing repairs this summer.

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Fines for coal, oil trains in downtown Spokane likely headed for ballot amid legal concerns

The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in …

Amtrak train derailed on special section of track

The Amtrak train that derailed Sunday was traveling through a section of track that contains a switch that will nudge a train off-course if the draw-span on the approaching bridge …

North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments

The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil.

UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

Train cars derail in Washington; minor injuries reported

Portions of an Amtrak passenger train derailed Sunday near a town in Washington state’s Pierce County.

UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens

A subway train derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor, forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels and delivering another jolt to …

Train derails near Chewelah

A train derailed north of Chewelah near Duncan Road late Thursday night and officials believe the short line Kettle Falls International Railway will be closed at least through Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Mudslide causes train to derail in Boundary County

A mudslide caused a dozen train cars to derail and some tumbled down a steep hillside Wednesday morning in Boundary County, Idaho.

Train engine derails in southwestern Idaho

A Union Pacific train engine has derailed in southwestern Idaho.