Railroad/Train Accidents

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The Premise: When I was 5 years old, I wanted what millions of other children dreamed of – a set of “choo-choo” trains, complete with an engine, tracks, freight cars, and all the other railroad paraphernalia that make up a toy train set. Wow! To see such trains featured in…

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, 866 people died in railroad-related accidents in 2018. Of these fatal accidents 8 occurred on a train, 267 occurred at a railroad crossing, 562 involved trespassers, and 29 were simply categorized as “other.” Commonly-reported accidents involving trains include: Derailments Train/train…

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When an Amtrak train derailed in Washington State on December 18th, 2017, civilians and government officials immediately began to wonder what went wrong. A local mayor went on the record, saying he expected something to go wrong with that stretch of line. Whenever a train derailment occurs, there are many…

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The world is a dangerous place. Commonplace actions like crossing the street or driving home from work put your health and safety at risk. You never know when another car might blow through a stop sign, or when a driver might be too busy checking his text messages to notice…

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A husband and father of three are counseling others not to automatically assume the injuries suffered by his wife and child in a train accident were the result of poor decision-making. The accident occurred on October 22nd, 2017, in Clayton County, Georgia. The mother and her children were taking a…

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The criminal justice system is depended upon to provide justice for the American people. Whatever the crime and whoever the criminal, the system is supposed to be fair and impartial, and is supposed to make sure that the guilty are punished and the innocent go free. But sometimes, relying only…

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The derailment of a train on April 3rd, 2017 did not come as a complete surprise to Amtrak officials, who were well aware of track problems in the area of Penn Station even before the accident occurred. According to a press release, Amtrak officials are aware of many problems with…

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Twenty percent of locomotives for Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority could be sidelined for an undetermined length of time due to defects in their engines. This is not the first time a significant amount of locomotives have been out of use due to defect. In late 2015 a large number…

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As more and more cities try to minimize the environmental impact of their citizens, light rail has emerged as a reasonable alternative to buses, subways, and other traditional forms of mass transit. The startup cost is much lower than the tunneling and engineering required for a subway or elevated train….

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