Latest Rail accidents News

Virus derails Polar Express train XMAS trips in Carson City

Sep. 22, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The coronavirus has derailed a popular Christmas tradition in northern Nevada. The V&T Railway announced it is replacing the Polar Express train ride in December with Santa’s Drive-Thru Village in Carson City. The Polar Express has taken families on a holiday train ride...

NTSB: Loose joint caused derailment that killed Texas man

Sep. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A loose, improperly fastened rail joint led to a 2017 derailment in a North Texas rail switching yard that killed a worker, the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday. A misaligned rail joint allowed the flange of a freight car wheel to climb the rail and derail in...

3 suffer minor injuries when subway hits debris and derails

Sep. 20, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three passengers suffered minor injuries Sunday when a New York City subway train derailed after hitting construction debris that had been thrown onto the tracks, authorities said. The derailment happened at about 8:15 a.m. at the 14th Street and Eighth Avenue station in Manhattan. Interim...

Probe: Train operator involved in derailment was impaired

Sep. 16, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

CAREY, Ohio (AP) — The operator of a freight train was impaired by alcohol when he blew through a stop signal and collided with another train, causing 25 cars to derail, federal investigators said. The CSX train's engineer had a blood-alcohol level that was nearly triple the 0.04 percent limit set by...

NYC woman fatally struck by Amtrak train in Hudson Valley

Sep. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

GREENPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City woman was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in the Hudson Valley region, authorities said. Fifty-four-year-old Anna Podgorbunski was walking north along train tracks in the town of Greenport shortly before 8 p.m. Friday when she was hit by a southbound train, the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, smoke fills the sky at the scene of a train derailment in Tempe, Ariz. The FBI found no evidence of criminal activity in the July 29 freight train derailment and fire that extensively damaged a century-old railroad bridge in metro Phoenix. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report that did not identify a probable cause for the derailment of 12 cars. (AP Photo/Pool, File)

NTSB report: No evidence of criminal activity in derailment

Sep. 10, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The FBI found no evidence of criminal activity in a July 29 freight train derailment and fire that extensively damaged a century-old railroad bridge in metro Phoenix, according to a federal report released Thursday. A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report did not...

A carriage is lifted by crane from the site of the Stonehaven rail crash as work continues at the scene in Aberdeenshire, following the derailment of the ScotRail train on Aug. 12 which cost the lives of three people, in Stonehaven, Scotland, Thursday Sept. 10, 2020. An investigation into a train crash in Scotland last month that killed three people has found that the train “struck a pile of washed-out rock and gravel before derailing.” In the interim report, Network Rail said the industry needed to learn how to respond better in the future to severe weather. (Derek Ironside/Newsline Media/PA via AP)

Derailed train in Scotland hit 'washed-out rocks and gravel'

Sep. 10, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An investigation into a train crash in northeastern Scotland last month that killed three people has found that the train struck a pile of washed-out rock and gravel before derailing, according to an interim report released Thursday. The driver, a conductor and a passenger died when the...

Train fatally strikes woman in Maine

Sep. 8, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland woman was fatally struck by a train in the state's largest city, Maine police said Tuesday. Police did not immediately release the name of the 43-year-old woman. They said she was homeless and had been living in the woods for several weeks. The woman was crossing railroad...

Man killed after being hit by train in Mississippi's capital

Sep. 4, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities are investigating a deadly train accident in the state's capital city. The incident happened just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, WLBT-TV reported. The Jackson Police Departmet said that a man was hit and killed by a train after he became stuck on the train tracks....

Emergency services at the scene after a fire on a freight train carrying diesel fuel which started late Wednesday evening at Llangennech, near Llanelli, in South Wales, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

UK freight train carrying diesel catches fire, derails

Aug. 27, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — About 300 people in Wales had to be evacuated after a freight train carrying large amounts of diesel caught fire and derailed, British Transport Police said Thursday. Officials said two employees onboard managed to raise the alarm and escaped without injury. The fire near Llanelli, in south...