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Strong earthquake shakes remote area in western China

Jan. 08, 2022 04:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A strong overnight earthquake shook a sparsely populated area in western China early Saturday and forced the suspension of high-speed rail service because of tunnel damage, authorities said. Four people with minor injuries in Menyuan Hui Autonomous County had been...

Snow stalls Amtrak in Virginia, with excruciating delays

Jan. 04, 2022 19:41 PM EST

Some passengers were enduring one of the worst trips ever Tuesday as winter weather continued to wreak havoc not only with road travel but also Amtrak trains, where stranded passengers said they were dealing with overflowing toilets and a lack of food. Amtrak's Crescent, which left...

Man dies after being pushed into path of oncoming train

Jan. 01, 2022 15:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man was killed after being pushed into the path of an oncoming freight train in San Diego on Saturday, police said. Witnesses said the victim was fighting on a train platform with another man who shoved him onto the tracks at the Old Town Transit Center shortly...

Amtrak train strikes vehicle on tracks in Massachusetts

Dec. 27, 2021 16:27 PM EST

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — An Amtrak train with about 80 passengers on board struck a vehicle that was on the tracks in Haverhill, Massachusetts on Monday afternoon, officials said. The Downeaster train was headed to Brunswick, Maine when it crashed into a vehicle “obstructing the...

Tropical storm brewing in Bay of Bengal off Indian coast

Dec. 03, 2021 04:23 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Indian authorities issued an alert, shut schools and canceled trains in parts of the country on Friday as rescue teams braced for a tropical storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal. The storm is expected to hit the coastline of the southern state of...

NTSB issues safety alert to subways, rail over wheel defect

Dec. 01, 2021 14:52 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday issued a safety alert to subway systems and commuter railroads over a wheelset problem that led to a derailment in the nation’s capital, saying the defect is difficult to detect and potentially devastating. The...

Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains

Dec. 01, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke...

Regulators seek to suspend Trump rule on railway natural gas

Nov. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed suspending a Trump administration rule that would have allowed railroads to haul liquefied natural gas while they take a closer look at the potential safety risks. The rule, which was backed by both the natural gas and...

Ticket to whimsy: What's behind popular seasonal train shows

Nov. 15, 2021 10:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many holiday-season train shows were canceled or limited to fewer visitors last year because of the pandemic, but this year the popular attractions are back at botanical gardens, conservatories and elsewhere around the country. The shows, now a tradition...

Train derails and spills coal into Mississippi River

Nov. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EST

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — A train struck a barge in southeast Iowa late Saturday night, knocking several cars off the tracks and spilling coal into the Mississippi River. BNSF railroad officials told the Burlington Hawk Eye that two coal cars landed in the river and three...