AN investigation is underway after an Amtrak Acela Express train en route from Washington DC to New York split in two while running at a reported 200km/h as it travelled along the Northeast Corridor in Maryland at about 06.30 on February 6.
THREE people were killed and more than 70 injured when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed on December 18 while traversing a curve leading onto a bridge over Interstate 5 highway southwest of Tacoma, Washington state, sending a locomotive and passenger coaches crashing onto the highway below.
TWO staff members from Belgian infrastructure manager Infrabel have been killed by a runaway passenger train while two others were severely injured in the incident which occurred at Morlanwelz on line 112 between La Louvière and Charleroi on the evening of November 27.
ACCORDING to the International Union of Railways’ (UIC) annual report on railway accidents in Europe, in 2016, 52% of accidents were caused by trespassing, and 24% by accidents at level crossings, while 7% of accidents involved people being hit on a platform or falling from a train or platform.
A 1.8km funicular railway which passes inside Carmel mountain in the Israeli city of Haifa has closed following a fire which broke out on the morning of February 4 and resulted in extensive damage to the line's two trains and infrastructure.