Two workers killed when Amtrak train hits backhoe on tracks, derails

Apr 4, 2016

Two workers killed when Amtrak train hits backhoe on tracks, derails

An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing two Amtrak workers and sending more than 30 passengers to hospitals, authorities said. Train 89, reportedly known as the Palmetto, was heading from New York ...

Mar 15, 2016

32 hurt as Amtrak train Chief jumps tracks in Kansas

An Amtrak train carrying 131 passengers derailed in rural Kansas early Monday, moments after an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes, an official said. At least 32 people were hurt, two of them critically, authorities said. The ...

Illinois-Missouri death toll in historic floods at 20; four missing

Jan 1, 2016

Illinois-Missouri death toll in historic floods at 20; four missing

Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and brought transportation by car, boat or train to a virtual standstill Thursday in the St. Louis area. Swollen rivers and streams, already high from a wet late fall, were pushed to heights ...

Amtrak to introduce bag fees for passengers exceeding limits

Oct 1, 2015

Amtrak to introduce bag fees for passengers exceeding limits

Amtrak is boarding a baggage fee bandwagon that has generated billions in revenue for the airline industry. The passenger train operator will start on Thursday charging $20 to passengers who exceed limits for carry-on and personal items. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the fees ...

May 21, 2015

Feds investigating if Amtrak engineer was using phone at time of fatal crash

Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday. Union officials offered new details on how the ...