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+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Blog, Train News, Ronald L. M. Goldman|

NTSB Blames Chester Train Crash on Weak Safety Culture

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its final report into the deadly 2016 train crash in Chester, Pennsylvania, which killed two people and injured 39. In its report, the NTSB blasts Amtrak for multiple safety issues. The agency also found the Federal Railroad Administration failed to require safety [...]

By | 2017-11-30T13:22:04+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Train News|

Train Engineer Sleep Apnea Tests Sideline New Jersey Transit Workers

Following deadly train crashes that the National Transportation Safety Board have suggested are linked to engineers’ undiagnosed sleep apnea, New Jersey Transit train engineers have undergone mandatory sleep disorder screening. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea are a cause of concern for safety experts, who say that lack of proper [...]

By | 2017-12-01T14:51:02+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Train News|

Chester Amtrak Derailment Prompts Dems to Call for Drug-Testing

Many people were shocked when officials discovered that the engineer involved in the April 2016 Amtrak train accident in Chester, Pennsylvania, tested positive for drug use. Perhaps more shocking, both the operator of the backhoe the train struck and his supervisor also had drugs in their system at the time [...]

By | 2017-10-20T14:50:53+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Train News|

Pennsylvania Attorney General Pursues Amtrak Train Derailment Appeal

Brandon Bostian, the engineer involved in the fatal derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia in 2015, could still face charges related to the accident. Despite a municipal court judge dismissing the charges in September, Pennsylvania's attorney general has announced he will continue to seek charges by appealing the judge's [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:35:43+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Train News|

Atlanta Train Derailment Injures One Person and Demolishes Home

Hunter Hills residents are still in shock after a CSX train derailed in their neighborhood, plowing through a home and injuring the sole person inside. Several streets in the neighborhood were also shut down as crews worked to clear the wreckage and federal investigators arrived to survey the scene. The [...]

By | 2017-10-12T11:37:57+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Train News|

NTSB Draws Link Between Two Train Crashes and Sleep Apnea

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has officially linked two train crashes to undiagnosed sleep apnea in the engineers. The combined crashes were responsible for one death and more than 200 injuries and have raised concerns about recent movements by the US government to eliminate sleep apnea testing in train [...]

By | 2017-10-04T15:41:39+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Train News|

Charges Against Amtrak Engineer in 2015 Philadelphia Crash Dropped

A judge has dismissed all charges against the Amtrak engineer who was accused of criminal negligence in the tragic 2015 train crash in Philadelphia.  Judge Thomas Gehret dropped the charges following a preliminary hearing, finding the crash was more likely the result of an accident than the result of criminal [...]

By | 2017-09-27T11:08:01+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Train News|

Dozens Injured in Upper Darby Train Crash

At least 30 people suffered injuries in a train crash near Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 22. The accident happened at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, at around 12:15 a.m. Although none of the injuries were life-threatening, four people were taken to local hospitals with critical injuries. The [...]

By | 2017-08-25T15:06:28+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Train News|

Federal Railroad Administration Nixes Engineer Sleep Apnea Testing

Federal regulators have announced they are dropping plans that would have required train engineers to undergo screening for sleep apnea. The move comes just more than a year after the two agencies involved—the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, both part of the Department of Transportation—announced [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:23:38+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Train News|