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Judge signs off on $600 million Ohio train derailment settlement but residents still have questions

May. 22, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

A federal judge has signed off on the $600 million class action settlement over last year's disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment in eastern Ohio, but many people who live near East Palestine are still wondering how much they will end up with out of the deal. Preliminary approval...

New safety rules set training standards for train dispatchers and signal repairmen

May. 20, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — New federal certification rules finalized Monday for train dispatchers and signal repairmen will set minimum standards to counteract the investor pressure on railroads to continually cut costs while making sure those employees have the skills they need to operate all the...

Child is among 3 dead after Amtrak train hits a pickup truck in upstate New York

May. 19, 2024 15:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A child was among the three victims killed when a passenger train hit a pickup truck, officials said. The northbound Amtrak train hit a Dodge truck Friday evening in North Tonawanda, New York, a small town along the Niagara River between Niagara Falls and Buffalo,...

US Coast Guard says Texas barge collision may have spilled up to 2,000 gallons of oil

May. 16, 2024 19:59 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Early estimates indicate up to 2,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into surrounding waters when a barge carrying fuel broke free from a tugboat and slammed into a bridge near Galveston, Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The barge crashed into a...

Federal agency takes control of investigation of fiery train derailment in New Mexico

May. 16, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

MANUELITO, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration is now leading the investigation of last month’s fiery train derailment in New Mexico. National Transportation Safety Board officials said Thursday that the FRA will determine the probable cause of the April 26...

Whistleblower questions delays and mistakes in way EPA used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

May. 14, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

The U.S. government has a specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors that officials brag is always ready to deploy within an hour of any kind of chemical disaster. But the plane didn’t fly over eastern Ohio until four days after the disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment there last year. ...

A train in central Buenos Aires strikes a boxcar on the track, injuring dozens

May. 11, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At least 90 people were injured in Argentina's capital when a passenger train struck an empty boxcar on the tracks and derailed Friday, authorities said, a rare collision that fueled questions about basic safety. The train was on its way from Buenos...

1 dead in Atlanta area apartment fire that forced residents to jump from balconies

May. 05, 2024 15:16 PM EDT

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (AP) — An apartment fire Sunday in metro Atlanta's DeKalb County that forced people to jump from their balconies left at least one person dead and several others injured, news outlets reported. Firefighters were still trying to contain the blaze in the afternoon...

Union Pacific undermined regulators' efforts to assess safety, US agency says

May. 01, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific managers undermined the U.S. government's efforts to assess safety at the railroad in the wake of several high-profile derailments across the industry by coaching employees on how to respond and suggesting they might be disciplined, federal regulators say. ...

Metro train collides with bus in downtown Los Angeles, injuring more than 50, 2 seriously

Apr. 30, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least 55 people were hurt, two seriously, when a Metro light rail train and a University of Southern California shuttle bus collided Tuesday along a busy thoroughfare in downtown Los Angeles, officials said. The crash happened shortly before noon along...