A 78-year-old woman collided with a TriMet MAX train while she was behind the wheel of a small car in downtown Portland Tuesday afternoon, firefighters said.
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Train DerailmentsA train derails about every ninety minutes in the US. This is because railroads are effectively self-regulated and few attempts have been made to examine or improve their safety by the federal government. Rail companies rely on technology that was developed seventy years ago, and in that time few measures have been made to improve safety. While few people are killed in these accidents, train derailments cause damage to property, and in some cases the environment. A train carrying hazardous materials derails about every two weeks. Sometimes this situations are so serious that local residents need to be evacuated.
Pedestrian Related AccidentsBeing near trains either at a station, a crossing, or just the tracks themselves is always a hazardous activity as a pedestrian. Around three hundred people die in train related accidents in the US each year. (http://oli.org/about-us/news/collisions-casulties) A good portion of these deaths are suicides but many of these deaths are not by design. Hitching a ride on a moving train is a very dangerous activity practiced by many that results in grievous injuries and often death. Sometimes a pedestrian will fall into the path of a train and be unable to get out of the way before the train passes.
Car Related AccidentsRailroad crossings are a very dangerous place for motorists if not approached with the proper caution. There are about 5,800 car related train accidents each year in the US and the majority of these occur at railroad crossings. (http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx ) It is important to be patient at a railroad crossing and don’t push your luck when the crossing lights go off. Don’t think the train will see you or be able to stop if you get stuck on the tracks. A one hundred and fifty car freight train traveling at fifty miles an hour takes over a mile to stop. Another common form of car/train accident occurs when the car driver is unable to see the train and runs into it. This happens most often at night and at crossings with inadequate warning devices. According to some studies, 80% of railroad crossings in the US do not have adequate warning devices.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old Arkansas man was killed when his truck was hit by an oncoming freight train.
The first car of an MBTA Green Line train crashed into the tunnel wall after derailing just west of Kenmore Station this afternoon. Seven people suffered minor injuries, and the tracks in the area are to be closed for the rest of the day, authorities said.
A veteran Metro-North worker was struck and killed by a train in East Harlem early Monday, the latest in a series of accidents at the beleaguered commuter railroad.
A 25-year-old woman died after her car collided with a train in Independence early Saturday morning, according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department.
BART service was stopped along the Fremont line this morning for several hours after a man was hit and killed by a train overnight.
The man who was killed was on a section of track that is not accessible to the public, but they have found a hole in the fence near it.
At least 13 people were hurt after a Metro Blue Line train collided with a van Tuesday morning, officials said.
The crash was reported about 9:55 a.m. in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.