March 2005 Wreck Reundup

On March 18, a 15-year-old boy was killed trying to beat a Long Island Rail Road train, Newsday reported. The boy was walking with five friends along Gillette Avenue headed to a barber shop, according to the newspaper. The boy who was killed ignored warning signals — including bells and flashing lights, authorities said.

At least 13 people were killed March 13 in a derailment in the Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue, according to Reuters news agency. Two of a train’s 13 cars derailed killing nine people immediately, according to Reuters. The four other people died en route to the hospital. The train, which departed March 11, was headed to Ho Chi Min City with about 500 people and 29 crew members on board, according to the news agency.

Three people were injured March 4 when a train at the Central Florida Zoo derailed, according to WKMG. One person was transported to the hospital because of the derailment, while the other two passengers injured were treated at the zoo. The train — described as both scaled-down and mini — was closed for a short time because of the derailment. The train was traveling between 4 mph and 6 mph at the time of the derailment WKMG reported.

On Feb. 28, four people were injured when a subway shuttle derailed as it was pulling in to Grand Central Terminal, The Associated Press reported. At about 5 a.m., the train struck a bumper block at the end of the track. Four passengers were injured, and the train engineer reported having “trauma,” according to The Associated Press. Train service was disrupted on one track because of the derailment.

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