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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Rail cars fall from Georgia overpass; no injuries reported

Rail cars tumbled from an overpass onto a Georgia highway Saturday, causing an evacuation and traffic headaches in a small town but resulting in no injuries.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

911 calls show chaos of Washington state train derailment

Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by South Sound 911 Dispatch provided a vivid account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Video: Train crew wasn’t using electronic devices before crash

Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, shows that the engineer did not appear to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 11:46 a.m.

Official: Probe looks at whether engineer was distracted

Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training in the …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Train derails south of Cocolalla Lake in Bonner County

A BNSF train carrying corn derailed Monday morning south of Sandpoint.


Train engine derails in southwestern Idaho

A Union Pacific train engine has derailed in southwestern Idaho.


Costs of train derailment along Columbia River adding up

Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific …


Engineer in NYC train derailment that killed 4 sues railroad

An engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a Metro-North train and caused a derailment that killed four people in New York City has sued the railroad.


Rescuers finish search of Indian train derailment, 133 dead

Rescuers finished searching the last of 14 mangled train carriages that derailed in northern India, killing at least 133 people and leaving more than 200 injured, police said early Monday.


Train derailment, spill prompts evacuations in Minnesota

A Union Pacific train derailment and hazardous chemical spill has prompted evacuations in the small southern Minnesota town of Ellendale and the closure of a state highway.


Oregon county denies track expansion near train derailment

An Oregon county has tentatively denied Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add a second mainline track along the Columbia River Gorge where an oil-train derailed in June.


13-car train derailment in Eugene prompts hazmat measures

Rail officials are investigating after 13 cars on a Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene.


Five train cars derail in Texas, spilling chemical, injuring 2

Authorities say five train cars overturned outside of San Antonio, spilling about 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide and prompting a temporary evacuation.


Oregon officials seek to suspend oil trains after derailment

Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Northern Pacific’s “crack” passenger train, the North Coast Limited, derailed between Missoula and Spokane when a derailing switch was thrown open.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 15, 2015, 11:38 a.m.

Train derailment blocks Cheney-Spokane Road near state Route 904

An Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad grain train jumped the track early today, derailing seven loaded cars and closing Cheney-Spokane Road on the east side of Cheney.


Train derails in Saskatchewan, catches fire

WADENA, Saskatchewan — A Canadian National Railway Company freight train carrying flammable goods derailed in central Saskatchewan on Tuesday and caught fire. The Saskatchewan government said the derailment happened near …


Editorial: DOT correct to expedite tougher rules for oil trains

The U.S. Department of Transportation has expanded regulation of oil trains on the fast track, with the possibility new rules could be in place by early 2015. The railroads and …


Tankers catch fire in Lynchburg, Va., derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Authorities were evacuating numerous buildings Wednesday afternoon after several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va., and caught fire along the James River, …


NTSB: No anomalies found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK — Investigators looking into a deadly New York City train derailment say no anomalies have been found with the train’s brake system.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2012, 11:34 a.m.

Train derails in Sandpoint

Bonner County authorities have confirmed a train derailed within Sandpoint city limits today around 4 a.m.


Record rainfall leads to derailment, roof collapse

Record rainfall likely caused the closure of two rail lines in North Idaho, a highway blockage in Pend Oreille County, a roof collapse in North Spokane and flooding along some …


25 train cars derail in North Idaho, spilling grain

A BNSF Railway train loaded with grain has derailed in a remote canyon in North Idaho, about 18 miles east of Bonners Ferry.


Train derailment repair deadline set

Repairs to parts of State Route 231 at Edwall that were damaged in a train derailment last week will not be completed until Friday, the Washington State Patrol reported.


DC Metro confirms earlier reports of 9 dead

Metro transit officials are confirming an earlier report that nine people were killed in a train collision.