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Rural Montana banded together in swift train wreck response

Sep. 28, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

CHESTER, Mont. (AP) — Trevor Fossen was running late for a wedding Saturday afternoon when he turned onto a dusty, gravel road in rural Montana as a westbound train approached the crossing in front of him. The train never made it to the crossing. The next thing Fossen...

Employer vaccine mandates convert some workers, but not all

Sep. 28, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Businesses that have announced vaccine mandates say some workers who had been on the fence have since gotten inoculated against COVID-19. But many holdouts remain — a likely sign of what is to come once a federal mandate goes into effect. Even before...

Couple celebrating 50th anniversary died in train derailment

Sep. 28, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. He phoned his co-workers in coastal Georgia,...

Money for station upgrades awarded for Gulf Coast train plan

Sep. 28, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi cities and Birmingham, Alabama have been awarded grants to improve their train stations ahead of the planned return of Amtrak service to the Gulf Coast. Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Pascagoula received a little more than...

Amtrak train that derailed was going just under speed limit

Sep. 27, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — An Amtrak train that derailed in rural Montana over the weekend was going just under the speed limit at about 75 mph (121 kph) when it went off the track along a gradual curve, killing three people and possibly ejecting passengers, U.S. investigators said Monday. ...

Investigators probe deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana

Sep. 26, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said. The westbound Empire Builder was en...

A look at recent Amtrak accidents

Sep. 26, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to determine the cause of the Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people aboard the Empire Builder, traveling from Chicago to Seattle. The train, carrying about 141 passengers and a...

Sheriff's office: At least 3 people killed in Amtrak train derailment in north-central Montana

Sep. 25, 2021 22:49 PM EDT
JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Sheriff's office: At least 3 people killed in Amtrak train derailment in north-central Montana.

GLIMPSES: Britain's Johnson rides rails to meet Amtrak Joe

Sep. 21, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oh, the conversations that happen when powerful people meet. Could the “very special relationship” between the U.S. and the United Kingdom become even more secure now that President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have bonded over their...

Train service halted as workers shore up California cliffs

Sep. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Train service was halted Thursday for the next two weeks as crews shore up unstable ground along cliffside railroad tracks in coastal Southern California. The planned closure between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station in southern Orange...