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.
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.
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.
Thanks to booming oil production here in the U.S., the nation's railway system has seen a dramatic spike in the number of tanker cars carrying crude and other hazardous liquids to distant refineries.
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.