Train Accident

Are Trains a Safer Commuting Alternative?

Traffic is continuously getting worse in the Greater Los Angeles area. More and more Angelinos are opting to take the train to avoid the stress, traffic and dangers of getting into an accident. But the question becomes if travelling by train is as safe as most of us think it is. Train fatalities may not be as common as they once were, but they still happen. One of the...
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Metrolink Train Accident Injures Innocent Riders

When we board a train, the last thing we think about is getting into an accident. Although trains in general are a safer mode of transportation due to their massive size, they are not invulnerable to accidents. When a train is involved in an accident, its passengers, who are often not wearing seatbelts, can get seriously injured or even die. The Facts Of the Accident On Tuesday, February 24th,...
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300 Citations Issued in Blue Line Sting

Police officers have written at least 300 citations along a two-mile section of the popular light rail Blue Line as part of a sting operation intended to reduce train accidents along this route. The sting took place along the Blue Line’s route in downtown Los Angeles and caught offenders jaywalking as well as drivers illegally talking on their cell phones and making illegal left turns. The Blue Line is...
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Visalia Man Killed in Los Angeles Train Accident

A Los Angeles train accident claimed the life of a 56-year-old Visalia man recently when a Metrolink commuter train struck his maintenance truck. Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator Brian identified the train accident victim and confirmed that he had lived in the Central California community of Visalia. The victim was an employee of Union Pacific for 30 years and was killed while working for the railroad company. Accident investigators...
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Metrolink Pays $30 Million in Settlements for 2005 Train Crash

Nearly five years after the Glendale train accident that killed 11 people and injured 180 more, Metrolink has paid out $30 million to settle the majority of the lawsuits in connection with the train accident. Two of these settlements stand out from the rest-one for $5 million and the other for $3.8 million-and two wrongful death cases in which the heirs will receive $3.5 million for each claim. Metrolink...
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Errors and Inconsistencies Found in Official Metrolink Records

A Los Angeles Times article published in late September reports that Metrolink’s official record of train accidents, injuries and deaths is incomplete and inaccurate due to inconsistencies mostly hidden from view. Their records make train operations in and around the Los Angeles area appear to be safer and less dangerous than they are. The records indicate that only four of every ten fatal train accidents were reported to the...
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Train Accidents on the Rise

On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight locomotive in Chatsworth, CA, resulting in the deaths of 25 people and injuries to 135 more. This California train accident received significant national and international attention for the scope of the accident, the number of people whose lives were affected and what caused the accident to occur. After conducting an investigation, it was determined...
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Popular Beach Home to Dangerous Train Crossing

According to the Ventura County News, the site where a teen was struck and killed by a train may pose additional safety hazards to pedestrians walking near the tracks. Emma Wood State Beach-north of Ventura-lies next to a stretch of railroad tracks owned by Union Pacific Railroad. The tracks take a wide turn as they pass under the Pacific Coast Highway. The arrangement of tracks, highway and retaining walls...
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