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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo a CSX Transportation locomotive pulls a train of tank cars across a bridge on the Hudson River along the edge of Bear Mountain State Park near Fort Montgomery, N.Y. This year’s scheduled completion of a $15 billion automatic railroad braking system will bolster the industry’s argument for eliminating one of the two crew members in most locomotives. But labor groups argue that single-person crews would make trains more accident prone. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Technology could cut train crews from 2 to 1 but is it safe?

Jan. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — How many people does it take to operate a locomotive? For the railroad industry, the answer is simple: One. The industry is hoping this year’s scheduled completion of an automatic railroad braking system will bolster its argument to reduce the number of crew members in most trains...

Train strikes, killes pedestrian near Sumner

Jan. 15, 2020 10:46 AM EST

SUMNER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian was hit by a train and killed Wednesday morning on the tracks north of Sumner. KOMO reports the fatal accident is causing major delays for people who use the Sounder South train. Sound Transit is recommending that commuters take the bus or use other...

4 Florida panthers found dead in first 2 weeks of 2020

Jan. 14, 2020 5:41 AM EST

Four Florida panthers have been reported dead in the first two weeks of 2020. Three of the deaths were caused by vehicle strikes, while the fourth was killed by a train, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. The remains of an adult female were collected last Thursday near a Collier County...

Reno man hit, killed by freight train near downtown

Jan. 13, 2020 4:49 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of man who was struck by a freight train on the edge of downtown Reno. The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner identified the victim Monday as 52-year-old Chris Nolte. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death. Police say Nolte...

Body camera video records moment officer is hit by a train

Jan. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EST

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) — Body camera video showing the moment an officer in Georgia was hit by a train while on duty has been released by police. Polk County police officer Andy Anderson suffered a concussion, six broken ribs, a broken elbow and a broken shoulder bone in the collision near Rockmart on...

Train cars derail in Dunn County

Jan. 13, 2020 6:54 AM EST

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A train derailment in western Wisconsin has closed roads in the area, according to officials. The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says the Union Pacific train was traveling east of the village of Knapp when some cars jumped the track Sunday. No one was hurt and no hazardous materials...

Semitrailer driver dead after colliding with freight train

Jan. 11, 2020 3:28 PM EST

PEETZ, Colo. (AP) — The driver of a semitrailer died after colliding with a freight train carrying coal in northeastern Colorado on Friday. The collision happened at a rail crossing on Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks in Logan County near the Nebraska border at around 5 p.m. The semitrailer caught fire...

1 killed when commuter train hits SUV near West Palm Beach

Jan. 10, 2020 7:16 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One person was killed when a Tri-Rail train hit a sports utility vehicle in West Palm Beach on Thursday night. The train was heading south when the SUV stopped on the tracks just before 8 p.m., according to West Palm Beach police. There were about 60 people on the train, which...

Commuter train derails, riders must use shuttle bus service

Jan. 10, 2020 5:57 AM EST

GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) — Commuters on Friday were using a shuttle bus after an NJ Transit train went off the tracks at the Gladstone Station. The train was headed from Hoboken when there was a “slow-speed derailment” at Gladstone just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, NJ Transit Nathan Rudy said. He...

Concrete placed on railroad tracks on Cape Cod

Jan. 9, 2020 2:27 PM EST

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are trying to figure out who placed several heavy pieces of concrete on railroad tracks on Cape Cod, which could have caused a derailment. Lt. Edward Blackwell responded to a report of vandalism and attempted derailment on the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad...