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Jury awards $17M to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment

Sep. 13, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded three people who sued over a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state nearly $17 million for their pain and suffering. An eight-person jury in U.S. District Court in Tacoma decided Friday to award $7.75 million to Dale Skyllingstad, $7 million to Blaine...

Jury to decide compensation for injured in Amtrak crash

Sep. 4, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for people injured in a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017 have told jurors in a civil case it's up to them to decide how much compensation should be given to those who suffered broken bones, brain injuries and other trauma. The News Tribune reports that the...

Amtrak LA to New Orleans train hits semi in southeast Texas

Aug. 30, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

DAYTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than a dozen people suffered minor injuries when an Amtrak train from Los Angeles bound for New Orleans struck a tractor-trailer in southeastern Texas. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erik Burse said at least 17 people were taken to a hospital with "bumps...

All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored

Aug. 22, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi. Amtrak...

Passenger train stopped in Oregon after man makes threats

Aug. 4, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police say an Amtrak passenger train was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Oregon after a man threatened to harm himself and others. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Mason Lira of Fresno, California, was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with...

US officials say key rail safety technology 90% complete

Jul. 31, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, federal officials said Wednesday, but "significant work" is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald...

Correction: Train Crash story

Jul. 25, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a story July 23 about the cause of a February 2018 deadly Amtrak crash in South Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said The Federal Railroad Administration hasn't done anything about the Positive...

The Latest: CSX agrees on blame for deadly 2018 Amtrak crash

Jul. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a deadly 2018 Amtrak crash in South Carolina (all times local): 4:30 p.m. CSX is agreeing with federal officials who say the company and one of its train crews were responsible for an Amtrak crash that killed two people and hurt nearly 100...

Charges thrown out again in deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash

Jul. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For the second time, a judge threw out all charges Tuesday against an Amtrak engineer for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, saying: "The law recognizes we're all human." Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott rejected the involuntary...