January 30, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Mike Austin knew it was bad when his cellphone buzzed after 12:30 a.m. Quickly, he scribbled notes and called a coworker: "Train derailment. Seven cars. It's on a bridge. I'm going to need help. " Then he hopped into his white Chevrolet Suburban and drove 21/2 hours from a sleepy Baltimore suburb toward Philadelphia, to which derailment experts from around the country were being summoned. Their task: Remove tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and more than 1.8 million pounds of train cars from atop the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.
January 23, 2014 |
A Chester County woman abandoned her car in front of an oncoming train Tuesday after getting stuck under a lowered crossing gate in Royersford, the police said. The gate came down on Victoria Campbell's Ford Focus at about 12:22 p.m. as she was inching over the Main Street crossing, said Thomas Nerlinger, the Royersford acting police chief. Nerlinger, who happened to be a few vehicles back at the crossing, said the conductor was unable to stop the 50-car freight train before it collided with the car. "I saw the gate fly up and then a big puff of snow," he said.
December 16, 2013 |
With new lights, colors, and digital displays, No. 1047 looks terrific on the inside. Outside, its silvery skin also gleams. The 45-year-old PATCO car has undergone more than a cosmetic makeover; a recent $1.6 million overhaul includes new or rebuilt electronic, mechanical, and other systems. But even though the undercarriage - wheels, gearbox, and other components - have been rehabilitated, they're the originals from 1968, when the car was built by the Budd Co. in Philadelphia. And even refurbishing the entire 120-car fleet (that's the $195 million project)
May 19, 2013 |
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Two commuter trains serving New York City crashed in Connecticut during Friday's evening rush hour, sending 60 people to the hospital, including five critically injured and one very critically injured, Gov. Dannel Malloy said. There were no reports of fatalities. The Metro-North Railroad, a commuter line serving the northern suburbs, referred in a news release to a "major derailment" near Fairfield, just outside Bridgeport. It said emergency workers were at the scene of the accident, shortly after 6 p.m. "We're most concerned about the injured and ultimately reopening the system," Malloy said from the scene about three hours after the crash.
February 21, 2013
A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by the estate of a Delaware man who died last May when a roll of newsprint about to be unloaded from a train car at the Inquirer and Daily News printing plant in Upper Merion fell on him. The suit was filed on behalf of Sarah Troester of Wilmington, administrator of the estate of her husband, Jefferson. He was an assistant engineer employed by Arcellor-Mittal Railways Inc. at the time of his death, according to the lawsuit.
December 17, 2012 |
The fifth and final vinyl-chloride train car was removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge derailment site in Paulsboro, officials said Sunday. Cleanup is progressing steadily under the direction of five agencies working together as a "unified command," Coast Guard spokesman Nick Ameen said. Ameen said the railcars were being secured on a barge in Mantua Creek. The bridge must now undergo repairs and inspection before returning to operation. "Once the bridge is deemed safe, that's when they'll be rewheeling the cars on the track," he said.
December 13, 2012 |
Work crews used a 150-ton crane Tuesday to remove a tank car that was breached and leaked its toxic contents when it fell into the Mantua Creek off a failed Conrail bridge in Paulsboro on Nov. 30. The car, one of four that ended up in the water and the first to be retrieved, was carrying vinyl chloride in liquid form, some of which escaped into the air as a gas and forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents for days. Cleanup crews finally removed the chemical from the car a week ago, and most of the evacuees were allowed to return Friday after officials determined that the air in the area was no longer contaminated.
December 8, 2012 |
The Coast Guard said cleanup crews have removed all traces of vinyl chloride from a freight-train tanker that fell off a bridge and breached last Friday, and that the hazardous chemical has not been detected in the atmosphere in Paulsboro since Tuesday afternoon. But Coast Guard Capt. Kathy Moore, at a news conference, would not specify when the hundreds of evacuees could expect to return home, though she previously set Sunday as the target date. And even as workers made progress in the cleanup effort, three local congressmen held a news conference Thursday morning to say they would investigate the accident.
October 20, 2012 |
A train and car collided in Clayton, Gloucester County, this morning, with two people reportedly injured. A Gloucester County Communications dispatcher confirmed that the crash occurred about 8:35 a.m. at West Chestnut Street. Emergency crews were at the scene, but little detail was available. The crash site is at a freight train crossing in a residential area, and next to the Herma Simmons Elementary School. At least one victim was reported to be taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
September 22, 2012 |
The parents of a 15-year-old boy sought in Wednesday's shooting on the Broad Street subway surrendered him to police late Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The teenager faces charges including aggravated assault, simple assault, and reckless endangerment, police said at a news conference. Capt. Sharon Seaborough, commanding officer of Central Detectives, thanked the parents for responding swiftly. "I made the phone call to the father, and the father had his son [at Central Detectives]