July 24, 2013 |
A train operating on high-speed tracks in Spain derailed and crashed late Wednesday, and news reports put the death toll as high as 60. It was the second serious train derailment in Europe this month. The train was en route from Madrid to the northwestern coastal town of Ferrol when the accident occurred near the train station in Santiago de Compostela , the capital of the Galician region. Television images showed rail cars overturned and upended, and bodies arrayed beneath blankets near the tracks as rescue workers and paramedics worked to locate and save survivors.
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July 19, 2013 |
A federal jury awarded more than $200,000 on Friday to a man who accused Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of illegally detaining him and using excessive force during a 2009 encounter that left him with a fractured rib, the man's lawyer said. James Spinks, then 60, was injured when a deputy repeatedly kneed him in the side after knocking him to the platform floor at the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook train station, attorney Thomas E. Beck said. Witnesses loudly complained that deputies were beating an "old man," and one captured the encounter on a cellphone camera, Beck said.
July 13, 2013 |
PARIS - The French train accident Friday that resulted in at least six deaths appears to have been caused by a problem with a steel clip on a switch that enables trains to change tracks, according to the national rail company, SNCF. The clip, located on a switch about 200 yards from the train station, "broke away, became detached and came out of its housing," said Pierre Izard, SNCF's general manager for infrastructure. That probably led to the derailing of an intercity train departing from Paris, headed to Limoges, outside the Bretigny-sur-Orge station 12 miles south of the capital.
July 12, 2013 |
PARIS - A train departing from Paris at the start of the summer holiday season derailed on Friday evening 12 miles south of the French capital, killing at least six people and seriously injuring 22 others, in what was being described as one of the worst train accidents the country has seen in recent years. About 370 passengers were on the train that departed from the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris, headed toward Limoges in the center of France, when the third and fourth cars derailed soon after 5 p.m. in the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge.
July 2, 2013 |
A special weekend package at Westin Guadalajara in Mexico is custom-made for tequila aficionados. The package includes accommodations in Guadalajara and a round-trip, 25-mile train ride for two to the town of Tequila, the home of tequila-making. The trip also includes a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Latin America and tequila tasting. Guests depart on Saturday for the daylong trip. The package includes a buffet breakfast, shuttle service to and from the train station, 10% off all food and beverage at the Westin Guadalajara , and late check-out at 4 p.m. on Sunday, based upon availability. The package, created in partnership with Casa Cuervo, was designed to give participants an opportunity to learn how tequila is made.
June 19, 2013 |
The Las Vegas party train , which was supposed to begin service from Orange County to Las Vegas in time for this coming New Year's Eve, has been delayed. Michael Barron, president and chief executive of Las Vegas Railway Express, or X Train , said this week it would be “another year” before the train began regular service between Fullerton and North Las Vegas because the company doesn't yet have a train station on the Nevada end of the line. "That process will take about one more year to complete," a letter to shareholders said.