Police in the Netherlands say at least 120 people were injured, many seriously, when two commuter trains crashed head-on in Amsterdam Saturday. A police spokesman told the media there were no immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 70 suffered minor injuries and the rest were “seriously or very seriously injured,” including broken bones and head injuries. The collision has disrupted rail traffic between the city’s Central Station and Schiphol international airport. It was not immediately clear how the two trains could end up on the same track. Police are investigating. — Voice of America
The Internet and Chinese state media continue to ask a steady stream of questions about last Saturday’s deadly high-speed rail accident. The persistent calls for answers come despite government assurances of a thorough investigation. The questioners are challenging the government and its ability to control public opinion.
A spokesman for China’s Railway Ministry has apologized for a high-speed train accident that killed at least 35 people and injured more than 200 others late Saturday. While authorities are focusing now on rescue and recovery efforts, they have also pledged an investigation into what may have caused the two trains to collide.
NEW YORK — An old railroad line in New York City is back in use. It doesn’t deliver livestock anymore, it delivers pleasure to thousands of people every day and stimulates economic development in a few New York neighborhoods. An elevated railroad line has been turned into an “elevated park” right in the middle of New York City. It’s called the “Highline.” It’s a newly renovated and elevated promenade that was once a railway line for delivering cattle and other foodstock. In 1980, the train made its last delivery, bringing frozen turkeys to lower Manhattan. In a densely populated city,
ROME — Fourteen people have been killed and 50 injured after a freight train carrying liquefied natural gas derailed and exploded in northern Italy. The freight cars jumped the tracks and crashed into several homes, setting off an inferno in Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio. It was just before midnight when a train carrying liquefied gas derailed and crashed into houses where people were asleep in their beds. Five buildings collapsed under the force of the blast. Witnesses said they saw a blazing inferno. Some said they initially thought it was a bomb. They spoke of a white cloud and
Investigators looking into Monday’s subway accident in Washington are examining the automated system that was apparently in control of the train that crashed into another train, killing nine people. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Debbie Hersman told reporters Wednesday that the computer-operated system is designed to maintain space between trains and stop them in emergency situations. Examining switches on tracks She said investigators are examining switches in the tracks and other automated systems that send signals to the trains. Hersman says they will also pump air through the brakes of the train to determine how they were functioning at the