Topic : derailment

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Amtrak investigation turns to why equipment on tracks

Security and Safety | April 5, 2016

NTSB investigators do not know why a backhoe was on a track the train was using. Scheduling, the track structure and the work being performed at the time of the accident would be part of the investigation.

NEC service back up after Amtrak train strikes backhoe

Rail| April 4, 2016

In a press briefing held Sunday afternoon, NTSB officials said they were looking at speed, mechanical operations and signaling on the tracks to determine what went wrong. The crash killed two and injured dozens more.

Security and Safety | May 19, 2015

Amtrak ordered to improve safety along NEC route, seeks PTC approval

The passenger rail operator is seeking expedited FCC approval to equip the site of the Philadelphia dertailment with positive train control technology.

Rail| December 16, 2014

N.Y. MTA: May derailment was result of overlooked defects

The defects included a broken plate, broken fasteners and a deteriorated tie, all of which should have been prioritized for repairs.

Management & Operations| April 4, 2014

CTA fires operator who derailed train, launches new scheduling rules

She had been on the job for 60 days and admitted to dozing off before the crash, as well as overrunning a station in February, NTSB officials say. The agency may terminate an operator for two serious safety violations under its contract with the union for those workers. It is also setting limits on hours of operation duty and increasing minimum rest time.
Government Issues| March 26, 2014

Chicago train operator asleep before crash, NTSB reports

The woman had been working as an operator for about two months and acknowledged she'd previously fallen asleep on the job in February, when her train partially missed a station, according to an AP report.
Rail| March 26, 2014

Chicago Transit Authority train derailment at O'Hare Airport station

A Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train continues through the end of the platform and scales an escalator leading to O’Hare International Airport terminals, injuring more than 30 people. Courtesy bizipapo *HD* via YouTube.

Government Issues| March 20, 2014

Metro-North, LIRR to install video/audio recorders

Meanwhile, both railroads are working together to procure and install Positive Train Control as quickly as possible.
Rail| December 4, 2013

Metro-North derailment may thwart possible PTC delay

The FRA asked Congress to grant extensions for positive train control on some rail lines and allow alternative technologies, according to a Government Accountability Office report published in August.
Rail| December 3, 2013

Speed a factor in Metro-North crash

Federal investigators have recovered the engineer’s cell phone, though it has been reported they don't believe he was on it at the time of the crash.

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