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NTSB Blames Washington Amtrak Train Derailment on Inaction

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its final report into the fatal 2017 Amtrak train derailment in Washington. In its report, officials said the engineer was not aware of where he was along the track before a curve, but they further noted that decisions and inaction by Amtrak [...]

By | 2019-07-10T11:46:40-07:00 June 28th, 2019|Train News|

Most-Wanted NTSB Train Improvements Includes Positive Train Control

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its list of most pressing transportation safety concerns, including issues affecting trains, automobiles, planes, boats, and buses. Topping the list of most-wanted safety improvements involving trains is positive train control, a system that safety experts tout as vastly improving train safety but [...]

By | 2019-04-16T00:58:52-07:00 March 8th, 2019|Train News|

Most Railways Missed the Deadline to Implement Positive Train Control

The Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) has come and gone, with most US railways missing the cutoff. Despite having previously received extensions to install positive train control on their trains and railroad tracks, many railways filed requests for an additional extension of up to two years [...]

By | 2019-05-14T13:10:50-07:00 January 24th, 2019|Train News|

Kernersville Train Crash Reminds of the Dangers of Railroad Crossings

A deadly disaster was narrowly averted when a train slammed into a semi-truck as the truck attempted to make a turn in Kernersville, North Carolina. The Norfolk Southern train was traveling westbound at Graves Street when it collided with the tractor-trailer. The driver of the semi-truck miraculously avoided serious injury [...]

By | 2018-05-17T11:52:11-07:00 May 8th, 2018|Train News|

Fatigue Was Probable Cause of New Mexico Southwestern Railroad Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has completed an almost three-year-long investigation into an April 28, 2015, train crash in Roswell, New Mexico, and has found that the probable cause of the crash was a fatigued train conductor. It becomes one of several fatal train crashes in recent years linked [...]

By | 2018-05-21T12:47:46-07:00 May 2nd, 2018|Train News|

Hoboken Train Crash Settlement Results in $475,000 for Injured Victim

One of the victims of the 2016 train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, will receive $475,000 after she reached a settlement with the transit companies involved. The victim, Megan D. McGuinness, suffered permanent nerve damage to her face and underwent multiple surgeries in an attempt to repair her injuries. McGuinness [...]

By | 2018-04-24T16:58:52-07:00 April 12th, 2018|Train News|

Majority of Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the concern that many American railroads have failed to make passenger safety a priority by continually missing the deadline to implement Positive Train Control. The report, released Feb. 28, 2018, suggests that up to two-thirds of commuter railroads will either [...]

By | 2018-03-22T15:10:10-07:00 March 2nd, 2018|Train News|

South Carolina Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures 100+ More

An Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina, has killed two Amtrak employees and injured around 100 people. Reports indicate a broken switch may have caused the passenger train to crash into a freight train, which was parked on a side track. The crash—one of at least three fatal Amtrak [...]

By | 2018-06-30T15:03:23-07:00 February 5th, 2018|Blog, Train News, Ronald L. M. Goldman|

GOP Amtrak Train Crash Kills One in Second Accident in Two Months

An Amtrak train carrying Republican party members and their spouses crashed into a garbage truck on January 31, 2018, killing one person and injuring a second. Both injuries appeared to involve people in the garbage truck. The charter train crash occurred in an area where the crossing arms allegedly were [...]

By | 2018-02-16T13:33:01-07:00 January 31st, 2018|Train News|

Washington Amtrak Train Crash Results in Multiple Fatalities

An Amtrak train on its inaugural route with paying passengers crashed today near Tacoma, Washington, killing multiple people and injuring dozens more. Local officials say they expressed concerns about the safety of the route in the months leading up to the crash. As investigators work to determine what happened, passengers [...]

By | 2017-12-21T12:39:46-07:00 December 18th, 2017|Blog, Train News, Ronald L. M. Goldman|