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August 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A passenger train derailed in central Congo and eight cars tumbled off the tracks, killing about 100 people and trapping some passengers in the wreckage, officials said. The accident occurred late Wednesday when the brakes failed between Ilebo and Kananga, said Medard Ilunga, head of the state railway agency of Congo, formerly known as Zaire. The conductor detached the locomotive and went for help.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Metrolink train struck and killed a person lying on the railroad tracks Monday night just east of the commuter line's Baldwin Park station, authorities said. No description of the victim was available, and it was not determined whether the death was a suicide. The train, which left downtown Los Angeles at 9 p.m. and was bound for San Bernardino, struck the victim at 9:42. The incident occurred in Baldwin Park near Pacific Avenue.
June 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman was killed when an express passenger train struck her car and carried it about half a mile down the tracks, authorities said. The driver of the red Toyota Camry, whose name and age were not released, had stopped the car on the tracks and made no attempt to move it even after the warning bells and lights went on and the crossing barrier came down on her roof, witnesses said. Crews spent two hours after the 4:45 p.m. Thursday incident removing the car from under the train.
June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two railcars carrying propane and butane derailed at a busy intersection near a college, causing classes to be canceled and backing up traffic for hours. The incident occurred Tuesday near Fresno City College.
June 19, 2007 | By a Times Staff Writer
Investigators looked into the possibility Monday that a crossing gate malfunction led to the weekend crash in Covina of a car and a Metrolink train that killed a 53-year-old man and his 10-year-old niece. Metrolink officials said they continue to believe that the equipment at the crossing was working properly when the collision occurred Sunday afternoon and that the driver of the car may have tried to outrace the train or drive around the gate.
June 18, 2007 | Myron Levin and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A car whose driver apparently ignored lowered crossing gates was struck and thrown 75 feet by a Metrolink train Sunday afternoon in Covina, killing the man and his niece, and seriously injuring the man's 12-year-old daughter. None of the approximately 160 passengers or crew members aboard the four-car passenger train were injured. The train was on its way from Los Angeles to Riverside, said Sgt. John Curley of the Covina Police Department.
May 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A freight train carrying segments of the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters derailed near Myrtlewood after a recently repaired trestle collapsed over boggy ground, authorities said. Six people on board were injured, one critically. NASA said it had not been determined whether the shuttle equipment was damaged. But space agency spokesman Allard Beutel said the accident should not delay any shuttle launches this year.
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 14, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Metro Rail train out of Los Angeles collided with a sport utility vehicle in downtown Long Beach on Friday morning, disrupting traffic and sending at least one person to the hospital for observation, authorities said. The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Long Beach Boulevard and 7th Street. "The driver of the SUV tried to make an illegal left turn onto oncoming traffic on a one-way street," said Will Nash, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman.
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