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April 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Friends and family say the final terrifying moments of Candace Wertz's life followed five years of abuse from the boyfriend suspected of using his car to push hers in front of a freight train. "It's so horrible that no one was able to get to her in time to help," said Tammy Wertz, Candace Wertz's sister-in-law. "But something should have been done about this guy a long time ago. . . . She tried to get away from him and she just couldn't."
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April 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Friends and family say the final terrifying moments of Candace Wertz's life followed five years of abuse from the boyfriend suspected of using his car to push hers in front of a freight train. "It's so horrible that no one was able to get to her in time to help," said Tammy Wertz, Candace Wertz's sister-in-law. "But something should have been done about this guy a long time ago. . . . She tried to get away from him and she just couldn't."
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January 15, 1988 | Associated Press
A coal train that apparently ran a stop signal slammed head-on into another freight train Thursday, sparking a diesel fire and killing four of the six crewmen aboard the trains, officials said. "It was a terrible crash," said Denton Adams, an 81-year-old farmer who saw the collision from his home on a hillside about 100 yards above the site. "The two engines ran together and then ran on top of each other."
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April 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
A man who police say was so enraged at his former girlfriend that he pushed her car into the path of an oncoming freight train was arrested and charged Friday with killing her, her friend and two children. "It seems like there was an awful lot of bad luck involved on the part of the victims," said state police Lt. Edward H. Snyder. "If she had arrived just moments earlier, she might have been able to pass across the tracks without any problem.
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April 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
A man who police say was so enraged at his former girlfriend that he pushed her car into the path of an oncoming freight train was arrested and charged Friday with killing her, her friend and two children. "It seems like there was an awful lot of bad luck involved on the part of the victims," said state police Lt. Edward H. Snyder. "If she had arrived just moments earlier, she might have been able to pass across the tracks without any problem.
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December 7, 1992 | Associated Press
A man who tried to flag down a freight train caused 13 cars to derail when the engineer slammed on the brakes, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The derailment Saturday knocked down power lines and briefly closed state Route 65 in Leetsdale, about seven miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Conrail offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man.
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September 13, 1991 | Associated Press
A luxury train on a preview run for the media struck and killed two women on the tracks Thursday, authorities said. The accident disrupted Amtrak passenger service along the busy Northeast Corridor. The southbound American-European Express train, being pulled by an Amtrak engine, hit the women as it approached the Tacony station in northeast Philadelphia. It was not known why they were on the tracks.
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February 19, 1988 | United Press International
The switching operator who bolted from his post moments after an Amtrak train derailed last month 15 miles south of here has quit his job, railroad officials said Thursday. Thomas Connor, 30, cited "the physical and emotional stress" of the Jan. 29 accident, in which 24 people were injured, in a resignation letter submitted to Amtrak officials.
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February 4, 1988
The Amtrak switch operator who disappeared for several days after a Pennsylvania derailment that injured 24 people faces an administrative trial on charges he violated railroad operating rules, officials said. Thomas A. Connor, 30, of Aldan, Pa., is also under investigation by the Delaware County district attorney's office, which has been asked by Amtrak to see if any state laws were violated.
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January 30, 1988 | United Press International
An Amtrak train traveling about 90 m.p.h. on a track closed for repairs slammed into a piece of equipment and derailed Friday, injuring 24 people and touching off a search for a worker who disappeared after failing to switch the train to another track. The 10-car "Night Owl," carrying 130 people, struck a ballast regulator--a machine about the size of a pickup truck that adjusts the bed of crushed rock beneath the track, Amtrak spokesman Clifford Black said.
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July 26, 1995 | Associated Press
Two trolleys collided during evening rush hour Tuesday, leaving 37 passengers with minor injuries and a driver hospitalized with chest pains. One of the two-car trolleys hit the rear of another on an elevated bridge just before a construction zone where trolleys have been slowing down, said Staci Vernick, a Port Authority Transit system spokeswoman.
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December 7, 1992 | Associated Press
A man who tried to flag down a freight train caused 13 cars to derail when the engineer slammed on the brakes, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The derailment Saturday knocked down power lines and briefly closed state Route 65 in Leetsdale, about seven miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Conrail offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man.
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September 13, 1991 | Associated Press
A luxury train on a preview run for the media struck and killed two women on the tracks Thursday, authorities said. The accident disrupted Amtrak passenger service along the busy Northeast Corridor. The southbound American-European Express train, being pulled by an Amtrak engine, hit the women as it approached the Tacony station in northeast Philadelphia. It was not known why they were on the tracks.
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March 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The driver of a Philadelphia subway train that derailed in a rush-hour crash, killing three people and injuring 163, has tested positive for cocaine use, federal investigators said. Investigators also said they found cases of improper maintenance of Philadelphia city trains, and the municipal transit authority began pulling 240 subway cars out of service for inspection.
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March 9, 1990 | United Press International
A loose bolt that failed to support an electric motor led to Wednesday's subway derailment that killed three and injured scores of others, a federal investigator said Thursday night. John Lauber, who heads a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, said the support bolt on a motor under the third car failed, causing the motor to swing down and drag along the tracks.
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March 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
A subway train derailed and smashed into a support beam during Wednesday morning's rush hour, killing three people, injuring 162 others and leaving some trapped for hours. Officials said it was the worst accident in the 21 years that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has operated the regional commuter system.
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April 13, 1987 | Associated Press
About 16,000 residents of Pittsburgh's East End were allowed to return home Sunday after a second evacuation ordered when chemical fumes began to leak from one of 34 railroad cars that had derailed Saturday. A fire in several of the derailed cars had sent a dark plume of smoke into the sky Saturday, and residents within 2 1/2 miles of the accident had been advised to leave immediately.
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January 15, 1987 | Associated Press
An Amtrak train carrying 104 passengers derailed during rush hour Wednesday evening, injuring one person and snarling commuter rail traffic, authorities said. The four-car train, bound for Harrisburg from Philadelphia, left the tracks while switching from one track to another on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, an Amtrak spokesman said.
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February 19, 1988 | United Press International
The switching operator who bolted from his post moments after an Amtrak train derailed last month 15 miles south of here has quit his job, railroad officials said Thursday. Thomas Connor, 30, cited "the physical and emotional stress" of the Jan. 29 accident, in which 24 people were injured, in a resignation letter submitted to Amtrak officials.
NEWS
February 4, 1988
The Amtrak switch operator who disappeared for several days after a Pennsylvania derailment that injured 24 people faces an administrative trial on charges he violated railroad operating rules, officials said. Thomas A. Connor, 30, of Aldan, Pa., is also under investigation by the Delaware County district attorney's office, which has been asked by Amtrak to see if any state laws were violated.
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