As the U.S. moves to replace some of its aging passenger train fleet with high-speed trains that can travel up to 220 miles per hour, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is moving to update safety standards for passenger trains in order to account for the speedy newcomers.
Of the more than 200,000 railroad crossings in the U.S., 15 have been the site of ten or more incidents during the last decade, according to a list released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded a $1.1 million grant to the State of Louisiana to increase safety at railroad crossings along six miles of Kansas City Southern tracks from North Street to Louise Street in Baton Rouge.
In a letter to Amtrak yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board said that it should install crash- and fire-protected inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders in the operating cabs of all of its trains, and review the recordings to ensure that crew actions are in accordance with procedures.
As part of its ongoing investigation into the devastating May 12, 2015, derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is examining the engineer’s cell phone records, which were obtained via a subpoena by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Residents of the tiny town of Heimdal, North Dakota and people on surrounding farms were evacuated yesterday after a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed, causing ten cars to become engulfed in flames.
Trains colliding with other trains, trucks and cars are high profile stories – especially within the last month or so. When trains collide with people, the results can be even deadlier, yet such accidents tend not to garner as much media coverage as the other kind.
A collision between an Amtrak train and a tractor-trailer yesterday in North Carolina injured dozens of passengers. There were no fatalities. A spokesman for the state’s Department of Transportation said the locomotive and baggage car of the train derailed during the accident, which occurred at a crossing.