March 6, 2014 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 |
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 |
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.
December 5, 2013 |
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.
December 4, 2013 |
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 |
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.