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NTSB releases documents from Amtrak derailment investigation

In May of 2015, Amtrak Train 188 derailed outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eight people died; more than 200 people were injured. Among the injured was the engineer. For some, he is also the person responsible for the accident.

Trucking is a dangerous job, but maybe not for the reasons you think

In mid-October, a multi-vehicle accident closed a stretch of Interstate 55 south of Springfield for several hours, tying up traffic for miles. While workers were clearing the site, another accident occurred. In all, 12 vehicles were involved, including three tractor-trailers, and six people were injured. Fortunately, none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Have new vapor-pressure standards made oil trains safer?

As we've previously discussed on our blog, the last few years have seen a large number of accidents involving the derailment of oil trains originating from the Bakken Shale region of North Dakota and traveling to points throughout North America.

A closer look at railroad crossings, train horns and quiet zones

There's no doubt that the sound of a train horn has a certain peaceful and almost hypnotic effect on those located miles away from the approaching locomotive. However, the reality is not nearly so idyllic for those who live or work in close proximity to tracks, as the blare of a train horn can prove to be truly deafening.

Officials looking for clues after fatal rail yard accident

When we picture train accidents, most of us have visions in our heads of high-speed collisions between two locomotives or railroad crossing accidents involving inattentive motorists. These visions, while technically accurate, are still only part of the entire picture.

DOT urged to take action after another oil-train accident

Earlier this week, Virginia was the site of a rather frightening train accident that now has safety advocates, federal agencies and members of Congress all calling on the Department of Transportation to expedite their safety efforts.

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