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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man died Sunday after stepping in front of a Metro Blue Line commuter train in South Los Angeles. The unidentified man, described as about 45 years old, appeared to intentionally move into the path of the northbound train as it approached 48th Place near Long Beach Avenue, police said. Witnesses said the man was walking near the tracks about 4:30 p.m. when he ducked under a guardrail and stood on the tracks, facing the train, according to LAPD Officer Martha Garcia.
NATIONAL
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.
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