July 9, 1999 |
Eighteen people suffered minor injuries Thursday when an Amtrak passenger train carrying 234 people derailed in rural Texas after hitting a truck. The Sunset Limited was en route from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., when it hit the truck at a crossing near Eagle Lake, Texas, 60 miles west of Houston. The train's two locomotives and seven of its 10 cars derailed, but all five of the passenger cars that left the tracks remained upright.
December 21, 1998 |
An Amtrak passenger train carrying 199 people derailed Sunday night, slightly injuring 13 passengers. Eight passenger cars and one baggage car of the westbound train left the tracks shortly after 7 p.m., said Arlington Fire Lt. Pat English. He said the injured were treated at hospitals. "It's generalized mostly as neck and back pain," English said. "Nothing life-threatening, it appears, at this time. So we're really thankful it wasn't worse."
October 13, 1998 |
Six illegal immigrants sleeping on railroad tracks in south Texas, possibly to avoid snakebites, were killed when a Union Pacific freight train ran over them, authorities said. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the crew of the 105-car train saw the immigrants, all men, lying asleep between the rails in a remote and rugged area about 60 miles north of the border city of Brownsville, Texas, but it could not stop the train in time.
August 3, 1998 |
Temperatures as high as 106 degrees were blamed for warping stretches of railroad track, causing two Union Pacific train derailments. The blistering heat also hampered efforts to fight grass and brush fires that charred hundreds of acres in North Texas, destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of about 100 people from rural Parker County, west of Fort Worth. The temperature in Dallas passed the century mark at noon, making it the 28th consecutive triple-digit day.
August 24, 1997 |
A crew reportedly failed to set the brakes properly on an unmanned train that rolled nine miles and slammed into a westbound freight train, killing two locomotive engineers. State investigators said a two-member Union Pacific crew told them they left the train of four locomotives at a side track Wednesday night because three of the four engines had no fuel, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.
August 22, 1997 |
A runaway Union Pacific train rolled nearly 10 miles with no one aboard and collided head-on with another train, killing two crew members and setting off a spectacular fire as more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the engines and ignited, authorities said. Two crew members survived the Fort Worth crash, which occurred about 11:30 p.m.