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May 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A New Orleans-bound Amtrak train that originated in Los Angeles derailed Wednesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported, said Ontario Fire Department spokesman Jacob Green. The train had just made a stop and was traveling about 10 mph when a car slipped off the track. Most of the 182 passengers and workers on the train were put on buses and driven back to Los Angeles. Green said the incident apparently was caused by a track problem.
April 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by a Blue Line train Saturday south of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Firefighters inflated massive air bags to lift the train off the woman and allow investigators to recover her body, said D'Lisa Davies, an L.A. Fire Department spokeswoman. No one else was injured, Davies said. The woman was identified as Maxmiliana Gomez of Los Angeles.
April 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Passengers aboard a southbound Metrolink commuter train were delayed for more than an hour Thursday when the train hit an 18-wheel truck that was stuck on the tracks. There were no injuries, and the damage was minor, authorities said. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. near Lincoln and Fairhaven avenues after the truck tried to make a turn on the tracks, Sgt. E. McManus of the Santa Ana Police Department said.
January 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Chicago Transit Authority has fired five employees for failing to recognize poor track conditions before a subway train derailed in the summer, sending about 150 passengers to the hospital, the agency said. The fired employees include two track inspectors, their foreman, an engineer and a track-maintenance manager responsible for overseeing the section of track involved. Their actions put customers and other workers at risk, said Frank Kruesi, president of the transit authority.
January 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Four runaway rail cars traveled 20 miles before hitting two parked locomotives, causing a chemical fire near Irvine that prompted an evacuation and orders that others stay indoors. The crash released "a toxic cloud" of butyl acetate, a flammable liquid, from a burning tanker car, authorities said. The fire produced a huge column of black smoke, and a section of the Kentucky River caught fire. No injuries were reported, authorities said.
January 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A subway train derailed near downtown Washington, necessitating the rescue of 60 people from a tunnel and sending 20 people to the hospital, officials said. About 150 people were on the train, officials said, and at least one person was seriously injured. The other injuries were mostly "bumps and bruises," officials said, and one of those with reportedly minor injuries was pregnant. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m.
January 6, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Blue Line commuter train Friday afternoon, a transit official said. The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. as the southbound train approached Spring Street at Del Mar Avenue, said Helen Gilstrap, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The male victim was not identified. The Blue Line was closed for more than two hours while police investigated the incident.
December 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A freight train slammed into a passenger bus and dragged it down the tracks in central Mexico, killing at least 22 people and injuring 14 others, police said. The bus driver apparently was trying to beat the approaching train across the tracks, said Alberto Mena, Mexico state's public safety spokesman. He said the crash was in Cuautitlan, north of Mexico City.
December 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two freight trains derailed in North Baltimore, injuring three people in autos waiting to cross the tracks, authorities said. At least 15 cars of a Cincinnati-bound train carrying steel about 20 miles south of Toledo derailed when the train started to go onto a side track used to reach a nearby grain elevator, police said. The cars then collided with a coal train going in the opposite direction, knocking four of its cars off the rails.
November 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Bakersfield teenager was killed by a train late Tuesday when she stopped to help a friend who had tripped on the tracks, sheriff's officials said. Brittany Louise Juilfs, 15, and five friends were trying to beat the train when one of the teenagers fell, according to the Kern County coroner's office. She was in the eastern Kern County city of Boron for a cousin's birthday. Her family said Juilfs, a student at Foothill High School, always tried to help a friend.
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