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December 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The engineer of a Manhattan-bound commuter train that derailed and killed four passengers has been suspended without pay, officials said Thursday. William Rockefeller was at the controls of the Metro-North train that was speeding at 82 mph through a turn restricted by a 30-mph speed limit. Rockefeller was apparently dazed moments before the Sunday morning derailment, according to his lawyer and union officials. Rockefeller “has been removed from service without pay,” Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for MTA, told the Los Angeles Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Harrowing video of a man crossing railroad tracks on foot just before a speeding Bay Area commuter train goes rushing by is being touted by transit authorities as a very good example of what not to do. The video released by Caltrain, a c ommuter rail service between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, shows a few pedestrians crossing the tracks at the  Sequoia station in Redwood City despite warning sirens and a flashing...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1995
Amtrak's morning San Diegan commuter service effectively ends this Friday. The end of an era, it marks a major milestone in the campaign by Metrolink officials to force Amtrak out of the commuter rail business. For decades, Amtrak trains Nos. 71 and 73 have carried Orange County and San Diego commuters north in comfortable seats, with a full-service cafe car, and a relaxing, pleasant social atmosphere. Hundreds remained loyal even after the cheaper Metrolink began service. Those of us in Orange County will swallow hard and board the sterile, crowded, stiff, uncomfortable and utterly soulless Metrostink with the rest of the Stepfords.
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March 6, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry pressed lawmakers Thursday to extend a deadline for installing safety measures that were proposed after a 2008 collision involving a Los Angeles commuter train killed 25 people and injured more than 130 others. The new safety system would automatically slow down or stop trains if engineers exceed speed limits or are on a collision course with another train. "We  will not meet the 2015 deadline of having all 60,000 miles installed and operational," Edward Hamberger, president and chief executive of the Assn.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A train car loaded with lumber rolled from a side track onto a main line and hit a commuter train during rush hour, sending dozens of people to hospitals, authorities said. About 150 people were treated at the scene, and about 80 of those were sent on to hospitals, said Lt. John Hutchinson of the Canton Fire Department. None of the injuries was life-threatening, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2009 | Associated Press
A 13-year-old girl was struck and killed by a commuter train at a crossing, authorities said Saturday. Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said investigators believe the girl intentionally stepped in front of a train Friday at 10:45 p.m. Dunn said a suicide note was found at the scene. The girl is the third person this year to be fatally struck by a Caltrain at the East Meadow Drive crossing in Palo Alto, Dunn said. No passengers were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
A gasp filled a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday as a judge sentenced a former Compton laborer to 11 consecutive life prison terms for triggering a commuter train crash that killed 11 people, the deadliest train crash in Metrolink's history. Convicted murderer Juan Manuel Alvarez sat silent, and the gasp, along with audible sighs, came from the gallery as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders handed down the sentence. Pounders also criticized Alvarez for lacking genuine remorse for the crash.
NEWS
April 2, 1987 | Associated Press
A South Shore commuter train struck a standing freight car Wednesday near the Illinois-Indiana border, killing one man and injuring another, authorities said.
NEWS
January 17, 2008
Metrolink crash: An article in Wednesday's California section concerning the extent to which Metrolink can be held responsible for the 2005 commuter train crash that killed 11 in Glendale described the car leading the train as a club car. It was a cab car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1986 | United Press International
Three people were reported in serious condition Friday after an eight-car South Shore Line commuter train hit a truck that had stalled at a railroad crossing, authorities said. At least 30 people were injured in the Thursday night accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available. [Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a Metrolink commuter train in Pacoima on Friday afternoon, authorities said. Katherine Main, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the man died at the scene. His name has not been released. Jeff Lustgarten, a Metrolink spokesman, said the fatality involved the 218 train, which was bound for Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The accident happened about 3:50 p.m. along Van Nuys Boulevard near the intersection of San Fernando Road, which is between the Sun Valley and Sylmar stations, Lustgarten said.
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December 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The engineer of a Manhattan-bound commuter train that derailed and killed four passengers has been suspended without pay, officials said Thursday. William Rockefeller was at the controls of the Metro-North train that was speeding at 82 mph through a turn restricted by a 30-mph speed limit. Rockefeller was apparently dazed moments before the Sunday morning derailment, according to his lawyer and union officials. Rockefeller “has been removed from service without pay,” Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for MTA, told the Los Angeles Times.
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December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The National Transportation Safety Board has dropped the union representing rail workers as a participant in the probe into Sunday's Metro-North derailment that killed four people in the Bronx. The move came after the union's chief publicly disclosed details about the engineer who drove the train at a high rate of speed. The federal investigative agency usually seeks technical expertise from a variety of industry, government and union sources as it conducts examinations into the causes of a deadly disaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Walnut Creek, Calif.--On Sunday evening, more than 100 Bay Area Rapid Transit employees gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember two workers who were struck and killed over the weekend by a commuter train while conducting a track inspection.   Many of the workers were dressed in their work uniforms or purple and green union T-shirts. Most held candles, hugged each other and quietly talked among themselves.  At one point, the group formed a circle and some came forward and spoke of their grief and sadness, calling the accident “senseless.”  Holding a candle with tears running down his face, Nucion Avent, a BART worker and union member, said he knew both men who were killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A BART commuter train that hit and killed two maintenance workers Saturday while they were conducting a routine track inspection came on the second day of a transit workers strike, raising new concerns about safety issues. The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m. on the track between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations, BART officials said. The victims were not immediately identified. At the time of the accident, the workers were performing inspections in response to a report of a dip in the track, officials said.
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
An Amtrak conductor arrested for allegedly pushing a man out of a moving train has been suspended from duty and charged with assault in the incident that severed the victim's left leg, authorities said today. David Abel, 19, of Malden was pushed from the commuter train Friday in Wilmington after he and his brother were allegedly refused entry by the conductor because they were determined to be rowdy, police said. Abel was listed in fair condition today at Massachusetts General Hospital after surgery two days earlier to amputate his leg. The conductor, Stephen Benson, 37, of North Andover, was arrested by Wilmington police after the commuter train from Lowell arrived in Boston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1991
Concerning the commuter train that the transit agency approved, a good location instead of Van Nuys for the train station would be Woodley Avenue, near the Valley Flyaway to LAX, the Roscoe Boulevard off-ramp from the San Diego freeway and two RTD bus lines. It would be a lot more convenient than the train station on Van Nuys Boulevard, which is not close to any freeway off-ramps. RUDY CAMPOS Granada Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter train Saturday, two days into a labor strike that officials warned could cripple the area's transportation system starting Monday. The workers were investigating a report of a dip in the track when a train on a routine maintenance run hit them, BART officials said. One of the deceased was a BART employee and the other was a contractor. They were not immediately identified. One was acting as a lookout while the other inspected the track, officials said.
OPINION
September 13, 2013 | By Robert L. Sumwalt
On Sept. 12, 2008, hundreds of Los Angeles-area commuters had begun their trips home from work, reflecting on their days and making plans for the evening ahead as they relaxed aboard Metrolink 111. At 4:22 p.m., however, those plans - and their lives - were shattered as the commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train just west of the Chatsworth station. Twenty-four passengers and the Metrolink train's engineer lost their lives, and more than 100 passengers were hospitalized.
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