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Category Archives: Train Accidents

Four Railroad Workers Injured, Three Trains Collided, Two Critically Injured, One Way to Compensation

A recent three-train collision in Texas left four crew members injured. A BNSF Railway train slammed into the back of a stopped train ahead before a third train collided with the two, totaling about 20 to 30 derailed cars. While there was no risk of hazardous materials being spilled, as the trains were transporting flatbed… Read More »

Common Causes of Train Accidents

The recent oil train crash in Quebec that left at least 50 dead or presumed dead and missing has been deemed Canada’s worst railway accident in about 150 years and North America’s worst since 1989. The driverless train, whose engineer in charge has since been suspended without pay, derailed and destroyed 30 nearby buildings after… Read More »

Is My Railroad Injury Covered by FELA?

A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition recently after being pinned under a railroad car in Kansas. It took emergency crews 45 minutes to release the worker from the wheels by using a jack to lift the railcar off him. Although the man did not die from the incident, his serious condition… Read More »

Train Driver Was on Phone, Speeding During Deadly Derailment

New details are emerging about Spain’s recent train accident that killed 79 people, including two Americans, and injured around 170 others. It is the country’s deadliest rail accident in decades. The driver, who was also injured during impact, was traveling at twice the speed limit just before the train derailed at a curve he had… Read More »

Train Versus Car: Not Your Typical Accident

A father and son’s weekday commute to school turned from typical to traumatic when their car collided with a train on the tracks of an Iowa crossing in Ogden. The crossing has markers but no crossing arms. Although the father apparently saw the train, which had two locomotives and 91 railcars, he couldn’t stop in… Read More »

Massive Minnesota Oil Spill Raises Questions about Safety of Transporting Oil by Rail

As oil exports from Canada to the United States expand, so do the risks associated with rail transport.  Early in the morning of March 27, 2013, a mile-long Canadian Pacific train hauling Canadian crude oil went into emergency braking mode outside the small town of Parker Prairie, Minnesota. Fourteen freight and tanker cars derailed. Three… Read More »