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March 20, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Track failure is the "prime suspect" in the weekend derailment of an Amtrak train bound for Northern California, a federal investigator said Monday. Metallurgists will examine the rail in minute detail looking for internal fissures that could have caused the tracks to buckle or pop when the California Zephyr rattled through rural Iowa with 241 passengers and a crew of 16 just before midnight Saturday.
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March 20, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Track failure is the "prime suspect" in the weekend derailment of an Amtrak train bound for Northern California, a federal investigator said Monday. Metallurgists will examine the rail in minute detail looking for internal fissures that could have caused the tracks to buckle or pop when the California Zephyr rattled through rural Iowa with 241 passengers and a crew of 16 just before midnight Saturday.
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May 10, 1989
Failures by the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration to enforce train operating rules and a tired train crew caused the fiery collision of two freight trains in Altoona, Iowa, last summer, federal safety officials concluded. The July 30 head-on crash killed two crew members on a westbound train. The National Transportation Safety Board said an eastbound train departed Altoona before its permitted time. Its crew had been on duty for nearly 10 hours after having four or five hours of sleep, the board said.
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March 19, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators picked through muddy wreckage Sunday as they sought to determine why an Amtrak train bound for Northern California derailed here, killing one passenger, injuring 90 others and spurring residents from a dozen small farm towns to mobilize a midnight rescue effort. The California Zephyr was heading from Chicago to Emeryville, its passengers dozing or playing cards or toasting St. Patrick's Day in the lounge when a jolt shook the train late Saturday night. Then the lights went out.
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July 22, 1989 | From United Press International
An Amtrak train carrying survivors of the crash of a United Airlines jetliner in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday struck and killed a 6-year-old boy who was crossing the tracks in Cheriton, Iowa, Amtrak officials said. The California Zephyr hit Jason Lee Howie as the boy walked his bicycle across the railroad tracks, an Amtrak spokesman said. The train, which picked up survivors from Wednesday's crash of Flight 232 in Omaha, arrived at Chicago's Union Station late Friday.
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March 19, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators picked through muddy wreckage Sunday as they sought to determine why an Amtrak train bound for Northern California derailed here, killing one passenger, injuring 90 others and spurring residents from a dozen small farm towns to mobilize a midnight rescue effort. The California Zephyr was heading from Chicago to Emeryville, its passengers dozing or playing cards or toasting St. Patrick's Day in the lounge when a jolt shook the train late Saturday night. Then the lights went out.
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April 24, 1990 | From United Press International
An Amtrak passenger train en route from the West Coast to Chicago derailed south of Batavia on Monday, flipping three of its 16 cars and injuring at least 100 people, officials said. Most of the injuries were said to be minor, and no deaths were reported. Fifteen persons were hospitalized. The combined California Zephyr, Pioneer and Desert Wind, made up of 16 cars and three locomotives, was carrying 394 passengers and 24 crew members when it jumped the tracks about 1:30 p.m.
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April 24, 1990 | From United Press International
An Amtrak passenger train en route from the West Coast to Chicago derailed south of Batavia on Monday, flipping three of its 16 cars and injuring at least 100 people, officials said. Most of the injuries were said to be minor, and no deaths were reported. Fifteen persons were hospitalized. The combined California Zephyr, Pioneer and Desert Wind, made up of 16 cars and three locomotives, was carrying 394 passengers and 24 crew members when it jumped the tracks about 1:30 p.m.
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July 22, 1989 | From United Press International
An Amtrak train carrying survivors of the crash of a United Airlines jetliner in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday struck and killed a 6-year-old boy who was crossing the tracks in Cheriton, Iowa, Amtrak officials said. The California Zephyr hit Jason Lee Howie as the boy walked his bicycle across the railroad tracks, an Amtrak spokesman said. The train, which picked up survivors from Wednesday's crash of Flight 232 in Omaha, arrived at Chicago's Union Station late Friday.
NEWS
May 10, 1989
Failures by the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration to enforce train operating rules and a tired train crew caused the fiery collision of two freight trains in Altoona, Iowa, last summer, federal safety officials concluded. The July 30 head-on crash killed two crew members on a westbound train. The National Transportation Safety Board said an eastbound train departed Altoona before its permitted time. Its crew had been on duty for nearly 10 hours after having four or five hours of sleep, the board said.
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