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Train Derailment Kills 4 in New York

December 1, 2013 Voice of America 0

A train carrying more than 100 passengers derailed in New York early Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60. Officials say 11 of the injured passengers were in critical condition. All seven cars on the Metro-North train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx. The front train car slid far from the track and came to a stop just before entering the Hudson River. Emergency officials say three of the fatalities were believed to have been thrown out of the train during the accident. Rescue workers found one of the fatalities inside the train. Emergency

Train Hits Vehicles in Egypt, Killing 24

November 19, 2013 Voice of America 0

Egyptian officials say a train has crashed into two vehicles south of Cairo, killing at least 24 people and wounding 28 others. The accident happened early Monday near Dhashur. Authorities say most of the victims were in a mini bus traveling back from a wedding when it was struck by the train. Egypt’s top rail official says initial reports indicate that gates at the railroad crossing were down at the time of the crash, and that the vehicle had continued onto the tracks. The country’s rail system has a poor safety record due to a lack of maintenance and poor

Train Bombing Kills 5 in SW Pakistan

October 22, 2013 Voice of America 0

A bomb has exploded on a railroad track in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others. Officials said Monday’s blast, in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan province, derailed a train. The device had been planted on the tracks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan has been affected by sectarian violence recently, in addition to nationalist groups demanding greater rights and a share of gas and mineral revenues.

Design Unveiled for Futuristic Transport Hyperloop

August 14, 2013 Voice of America 0

Imagine being able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about 30 minutes — in half the time that it now takes to fly the nearly 650-kilometer distance. That is the idea announced Monday by entrepreneur Elon Musk. The “Hyperloop” would use a large tube. Inside, capsules would float on air, traveling at more than 1,100 kilometers per hour. The air would be sucked by a powerful fan at the front and expelled at the rear. The system is not unlike the pneumatic tubes that transport capsules stuffed with paperwork in older buildings. Musk is the visionary behind

Spanish Train Driver Charged With Homicide

July 30, 2013 Voice of America 0

The driver of a train that derailed Wednesday in northwestern Spain has been charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide. Francisco Jose Garzon was released on bail Sunday, after being questioned by a judge for two hours. The High Court of Galicia issued a statement saying the judge ordered Garzon to report to court every week. He is forbidden to leave Spain and is banned from driving trains for six months. Spanish daily newspaper El Pais reports that Garzon has admitted his responsibility in the accident, which claimed 79 lives. It says the driver acknowledged driving far above the permitted

Swiss Train Crash Kills Driver, Injures 26

July 30, 2013 Voice of America 0

Two trains have collided head-on in western Switzerland, killing one train’s driver and injuring at least 26 passengers. Officials say 46 passengers were on board the trains when the accident happened late Monday in Granges-pres-Marnand. The cause of the collision was not immediately clear. Last week, 79 people were killed in a train crash in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

Spain Train Crash Driver Suspected of ‘Reckless Homicide’

July 29, 2013 Voice of America 0

Police are holding the engineer of the Spanish train that derailed at high speed this week on suspicion of reckless homicide. Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said Saturday there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that Francisco José Garzón Amo is responsible for the crash that killed 78 people. But, he said, a judge is the one who will determine that. Garzón’s train is believed to have been moving at more than 190 kilometers per hour – more than twice the 80 km/h limit on a stretch of track when it derailed on a curve outside the northwestern city of Santiago

Track Problem Eyed in French Train Crash

July 13, 2013 Voice of America 0

French rail officials say Friday’s deadly train derailment at a station south of Paris may have been caused by a detached rail joint on the track. An official with the national rail company, SNCF, Pierre Izard, said Saturday the metal component came loose from its normal position at a track switching point at Bretigny-sur-Orge station that links two rails. The official said the piece moved into the center of the switch, preventing the train’s wheels from passing through normally. The train, on its way from Paris to the city of Limoges, veered off track Friday and crashed into the platform

Train Connects North, South of ‘Africa’s Giant’ Nigeria

April 19, 2013 Voice of America 0

LAGOS-KANO RAILWAY — For the first time in a decade, Nigeria is operating a train line that links the north and south of the country, which is Africa’s most populous nation. The 1,100-kilometer trip from Lagos in the south to the northern city of Kano is an adventure that provides a window into the nation. The train departs from Lagos – Nigeria’s largest city – every Friday at noon, or thereabouts. When we arrive at the station at 9 a.m., the ticket lines already are thick. When the journey begins, passengers sitting everywhere from the economy class to the private

Nigerians Skeptical of Rail Revival Plans

October 4, 2012 Voice of America 0

By Heather Murdock Voice of America ABUJA — Nigerian leaders have championed the revival of the nation’s rail lines for years. And with a recent boost in infrastructure funding, the leaders say new trains will create jobs and revitalize the economy. But some analysts say train projects are one of the Nigerian government’s biggest scams and they note that money for rail transportation in the past has disappeared. This town is only about 30 kilometers outside of Abuja’s posh city center, but it feels like another country. A few generators rumble in the marketplace because city power hasn’t been on

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