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Police: 1 dead after shooting on Amtrak train in Missouri

Jan. 15, 2022 17:25 PM EST

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — The victim of a fatal shooting on an Amtrak train Friday night has been identified as a 30-year-old man from Independence, Missouri, police said. Police were called around 9:15 p.m. to the Amtrak station in Independence where they found that Richie T. Aaron...

Amtrak conductor dies after falling from train, police say

Jan. 15, 2022 16:50 PM EST

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — An Amtrak conductor was killed Saturday after falling from a train at a station in Westerly, police said. The conductor is believed to have fallen off the train as it was leaving the station, WJAR-TV reported. The train was stopped to search for the conductor...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 06, 2022 14:02 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. January 4, 2021. Editorial: Is Roy Cooper reluctant to travel outside NC? Can you blame him? Roy Cooper’s trip to New Orleans last month for the Democratic Governors Association was notable for two reasons. He was elected chair of the...

Medical examiner identifies man fatally struck by train

Jan. 06, 2022 08:08 AM EST

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A man killed when he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in Lakewood Jan. 1 was identified by the Pierce County medical examiner Wednesday. Eric L. Johnson, 40, of Tacoma died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Pierce County Medical...

Drivers fret about food and fuel while stranded on highway

Jan. 04, 2022 21:15 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There was no food, water or sleep for Susan Phalen as she spent a frigid night inside her car stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia. Meera Rao and her husband were only 100 feet past an exit but were unable to move for 16 hours. Sen. Tim Kaine was on his way to...

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...

Amtrak to reduce Missouri service to 1 daily round trip

Jan. 01, 2022 11:51 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Amtrak service in Missouri will be reduced to one round trip starting Monday as federal and state COVID-19 relief funding ends. The Missouri River Runner Amtrak train service will run one train leaving Kansas City in the mornings and one leaving St. Louis...

83-year-old man dies when pickup struck by Downeaster train

Dec. 28, 2021 08:49 AM EST

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — An 83-year-old man died when his pickup truck was struck by a Boston-to-Maine Amtrak train, authorities said. The pickup “went through the gate” and ended up on the tracks in Haverhill, Massachusetts at about 12:45 p.m. Monday, according to a statement...

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...

Passenger rail sees historic spending as Downeaster turns 20

Dec. 15, 2021 16:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Twenty years after Amtrak’s first Downeaster set off into darkness and uncertainty on a cold December morning, there’s now light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to passenger rail expansion projects thanks to the $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill. ...