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2 killed, 100's Injured Hurt When Amtrak and Freight Train Collide

An Amtrak train headed from New York to Miami has collided with a parked freight train, killing 2 and injuring at least 116 others, according to CNN [1].

The railroad maintenance crew had disabled the signal system to install technology known as positive train control, which is designed to automatically slow a train down to prevent the exact kind of crash that occurred, a cruel twist of irony that strikes at the senselessness of the tragedy.

In response to the accident, Robert L. Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on Sunday criticized the lack of the safety system on the track, saying that the technology could have prevented the accident.

Investigators Recover Data Recorder from Wreckage

Sumwalt said Monday that the train's event data recorder had been uncovered, and that it could help determine conclusively the series of events that took place leading up to the crash. “We want to find out why this switch was in that position,” Sumwalt said.

California Man Killed by Amtrak Train in Apparent Suicide

Police said a man was killed after intentionally putting himself in the path of a moving Amtrak train in California, according to CBS Los Angeles [2]. The incident, which is being classified as an apparent suicide, occurred in Santa Ana near the Lyons Street crossing. Authorities identified the man as 26-year-old Theodore Contreras, who was believed to be homeless.

Louisiana Woman Charged With Homicide in Fatal Train Crash

A 75-year-old woman from River Ridge, Louisiana, who drove around a lowered railroad crossing gate just before an Amtrak train crashed into her truck, killing her passenger, has been arrested and booked with negligent homicide, according to NOLA [3]. Barbara Barrosse surrendered at the Kenner Police Department, where she was also booked with disregarding a stop/yield sign, not stopping at a railroad crossing, and illegally driving around a closed crossing gate.

Alfred Lewis, 75, was riding in Barrosse’s truck when she came to the railroad tracks at Clay and Kenner streets, according to police. As Barrosse drove around the gates, an Amtrak train traveling at 58-60 mph slammed into her truck, ripping the vehicle in half. Despite being buckled in, Lewis was thrown 30 feet from the truck. He was taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Amtrak Train Hits Semi Truck in California

An Amtrak train has collided with a semi truck in Guadalupe, a small town in Santa Barbara, California, according to The Tribune. The California Highway Patrol responded to the collision at an unnamed dirt road north of the Santa Maria River near Highway 1. One of the semi truck's trailers was destroyed and a stop sign was knocked down, but no injuries were reported.

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Minor Killed in Oregon Amtrak Accident

Police are investigating a fatal accident involving an underage pedestrian and an Amtrak train in Springfield, Oregon, according to KMTR [4]. The incident occurred on Holly Street and south 49th Street in Springfield. Investigators believe the victim, whose name is being withheld due to their status as a minor, was a resident of Springfield.

Amtrak Crashes into Vehicle in Washington

An Amtrak Cascades train collided with a car in downtown Puyallup, Washington, according to KIRO 7 [5]. The collision resulted in the closure of multiple railroad crossings, including South Meridian Street at 3rd Street Southeast, and 5th Street. No injuries were reported.

Amtrak Train Kills Pedestrian in California

A man attempting to cross railroad tracks in Oceanside, California, has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune [6]. The accident occurred when the victim ducked under the pedestrian crossing arm and attempted to run across the track on Surfrider Way near North Cleveland Street, colliding with a southbound Amtrak train traveling around 55 mph. The train sounded its horn to warn pedestrians but the man appeared to “struggle” crossing the tracks and was hit, police said.

Amtrak Ordered to Pay $10 Million to Man Injured in Washington Train Derailment

A federal jury in Washington State has ordered Amtrak to pay more than $10 million in damages to a man who was severely injured in the 2017 train derailment, according to Law360 [7]. After deliberating for about 3 hours following a week-long trial, the Tacoma jury found that Plaintiff Donnell Linton was owed $2.06 million in economic damages and $8.04 million in non-economic damages for the brain injury, fractures and other severe injuries he suffered during the derailment.

Teenager Paralyzed in 2017 Amtrak Train Derailment Sues for Millions

A passenger on Amtrak 501 whose spine was crushed when the train derailed near DuPont on Dec. 18, 2017, has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for his injuries, according to KIRO 7 [8]. The crash left Plaintiff Timothy Brodigan, who was 16 at the time of the accident, paralyzed and unable to walk. The suit names the Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit, and Amtrak as defendants in the case.

1 Killed After Vehicle Collides With Amtrak Train in Ohio

Police in Columbiana, Ohio, say the driver of a Ford Fusion died after the vehicle collided with an Amtrak train coming from Washington DC, according to WKBN-TV [9]. Amtrak said there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew on the train. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of close family.

Pedestrian Killed by Amtrak Train in Maryland

A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on Monday in Lanham, Maryland, according to FOX 5 [10]. Police said the crash occurred around 5:17 a.m. at the intersection of Carter Avenue and Lanham Severn Road. The victim was deceased at the scene, and none of the passengers on board the train were injured, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak Train Kills Man Who Drove Onto Tracks in Oakland

An Oakland man was killed on Wednesday when an Amtrak train struck his vehicle after he drove around activated railroad crossing arms, according to ABC 7 News [11]. The crash was reported at about 9 p.m. near 29th Avenue and East 12th Street in East Oakland. Fire officials attempted to use the Jaws of Life to free the man; however, he was pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived.

Engineer in 2017 Train Derailment Sues Amtrak

The engineer who controlled an Amtrak train that derailed in 2017 near Olympia, Washington, has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in Pierce County Superior Court, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer [12]. NHTSA investigators determined that the crash occurred because the engineer, Steven Brown, was improperly trained and lost track of where he was on the route. Brown's lawsuit alleges that Amtrak failed to properly train him on the new route or the locomotive controls.

Amtrak Train Hits Bicyclist in Florida

An Amtrak train collided with a bicyclist on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to FOX 29 Philadelphia. Authorities said the crash, which occurred at about 3:44 p.m. near the Mangonia Park train station, was the result of a person trespassing on the tracks and then coming into contact with Amtrak Silver Star train 91, which was on its way from New York to Miami. The 94 passengers in the train and crew members were not injured; the condition of the bicyclist has not been released.

Woman Killed by Amtrak Train in South Carolina

Authorities are investigating a fatal crash that took place Thursday between an Amtrak train and pedestrian in Hanahan, South Carolina, according to Live 5 WCSC [13].

The train was on its way to New York from Savannah when the accident occurred near Hanahan Road and Railroad Avenue. Investigators said the train struck a person who was on the track, and service was suspended following the incident. The identity of the deceased has not been made available pending notification of next-of-kin.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Amtrak Train in California

A motorcyclist in Shasta Lake, California, was killed Saturday afternoon after the person collided with an Amtrak train, according to the Redding Record Searchlight [14]. The Shasta County Sheriff's Department said the accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, south of Shasta Dam Boulevard and west of La Mesa Avenue. Medical responders attempted life-saving measures on the motorcyclist, but he died at the scene of the crash, sheriff's officials said.

Amtrak Train Collides With Vehicle in Florida; Multiple Deaths Reported

Multiple fatalities were reported after an Amtrak train hit a car in Jupiter, Florida, on Saturday, according to NBC News [15]. The collision occurred along the 18000 block of Beeline Highway at the entrance to the Corbett area, authorities said. No injuries were reported in passengers of the train.

Woman Awarded $4.5 Million in Amtrak Derailment Lawsuit

A woman injured during a 2017 Amtrak train derailment in Dupont, Washington, has been awarded $4.5 million in damages, according to KIRO-TV [16]. Plaintiff Madeline Garza was just 18-years-old at the time of the accident, which left her with major injuries to her lower pelvis and spine, 3 fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, and permanent nerve damage.

"I am so grateful for the jury's powerful decision today," Garza said after the verdict was announced. "This is not just about justice for myself, but to also send a clear message to Amtrak about changing their practices. I hope that this compels Amtrak to improve safety measures on their trains so that accidents like the one I lived through don't happen ever again."

Amtrak Vehicle Crash Kills New York Man

A driver killed in a vehicle-train crash in Ballston, New York, has been identified as a resident of the road on which the accident took place, according to The Daily Gazette [17]. Seventy-three-year-old Timothy B. Smith was killed when his car was struck by an Amtrak train around noon on Sunday, sheriff's officials said. No injuries were reported on the Adirondack Train 69, which was heading from New York City to Montreal.

Amtrak Train Crashes into Dump Truck, Killing Driver

An Amtrak train slammed into a dump truck in Sunnyvale, Texas, on Monday night, killing the truck driver, according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth [18]. The incident occurred near the intersection of Lawson and East Scyene Road, just east of the Mesquite Metro Airport, investigators said. The train's conductor said the dump truck driver went around the railroad crossing arms before being hit. None of the 79 people on the Amtrak train were injured, according to police.

Amtrak Train Hits, Kills Person in Chatsworth

A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train just after 8:00 pm on Wednesday near the Chatsworth Metrolink Station, according to KTLA 5 [19]. The accident happened in a non-pedestrian area on the 21300 block of Devonshire Street. The victim, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene, and one other person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

“There have been no injuries reported to the 151 passengers or crew members on board,” said Amtrak spokesperson Beth Toll.

The train involved was the Amtrak Coast Starlight Train 11 traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, Toll said.

Plaintiffs Awarded $17 Million in Washington Amtrak Derailment Lawsuit

A jury in Washington Federal Court on Friday awarded $17 million in damages to 3 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed over the deadly 2017 Amtrak train crash outside Dupont, Washington, according to the Seattle Times. The 8-person jury awarded $7.75 million to Dale Skyllingstad, $7 million to Blaine Wilmotte, and $2 million to his wife, Madison Wilmotte. The verdict and pay-outs may set a precedent for future Amtrak derailment lawsuits, according to NBC News [20].

Soldiers Honored for 'Acts of Heroism' in Amtrak Crash

Army medical officers and a nurse have been honored for their efforts in rescuing passengers when an Amtrak train crashed during the inaugural run of the Point Defiance Bypass route, according to Seattle Post-Intelligencer [21]. The lead locomotive and all 12 passenger cars derailed on December 18, 2017, while approaching a bridge over I-5. Data showed that the train was traveling nearly 80 miles per hour -- 50 miles per hour over the speed limit -- when the derailment began.

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Pedestrian Killed by Amtrak Train in Illinois

An outbound Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian on the railroad tracks near Shermer Road in downtown Northbrook outside Chicago on Wednesday, according to Journal & Topics [22]. The pedestrian, who was in an illegal area and trespassing on property of the railroad company, was struck just north of the Northbrook Metra station, an Amtrak spokesman said. Service on Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line remains halted in both directions pending completion of the investigation.

Woman Uninjured After Car Wreck with Amtrak Train

A woman walked away miraculously unscathed on Sunday after her car hit an Amtrak train in Jacksonville, Florida, and flew off the tracks, according to WFTV 9 ABC [23]. A spokesperson from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the woman lost control of her vehicle after swerving to miss a railroad crossing arm as it was coming down, and rammed the train's front 2 engines. The train was traveling about 45 miles per hour when the impact occurred, the spokesperson said, and the impact of the crash decoupled the engines and tore off the front end of the woman's car. However, despite the seriousness of the crash, the woman walked away uninjured.

Man Killed in Amtrak Train Crash Identified

Authorities have released the name of a man killed last week in a crash involving an Amtrak train and a pickup truck in Marion, Texas. The man, 62-year-old Leo Barnett of Cibolo, Texas, was killed at the scene, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff Investigator Sgt. Zachary McBride. He said there are no crossing arms at the place where the tracks cross the road, and that Barnett might have accidentally been on the tracks at the time the train struck the pickup.

“From what we understand, he was a frequent visitor to the location where the wreck happened,” McBride said. “He went over the track frequently and may not have paid attention and it was purely an accident.”

Driver Dies After Being Hit By Amtrak Train In New Hampshire

A driver was killed after their car was hit by an Amtrak train in Newton, New Hampshire, according to CBS Boston [24]. The vehicle and train collided around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, Amtrak said. It is still uncertain how the car managed to remain on the tracks when the train passed through.

CSX agrees on blame for deadly Amtrak crash

CSX is agreeing with federal officials who say the company is responsible for the Amtrak crash that killed 2 people and hurt nearly 100 passengers in South Carolina last year, according to the Washington Post [25]. CSX spokeswoman Cindy Schild says the company’s rules and procedures were not followed when one of its crews parked a train on a side track near Columbia and then didn’t flip a switch to move the tracks back to the main line. The Amtrak train then went down that side track at full speed and hit the parked train head on.

“It Was Bodies Everywhere”: South Carolina Amtrak Train Crash Witness

Investigators say Amtrak Train 91 was traveling south on Sunday and should have continued straight down the tracks, but a rail switch had been manually set to divert the train onto the track where a CSX train was parked. Sadly, the collision killed 2 employees, an engineer and a conductor, according to investigators.

“It was bodies everywhere,” one eyewitness told ABC News [26]. “The seats came up off the floor.”


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