Three Dead, Dozens Wounded As Train Derails In US

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At least three people were killed and dozens more injured when a US train derailed Saturday afternoon in northern Montana, with rescuers rushing to safely evacuate everyone on board.

Around 141 passengers and 16 crew members were traveling from Chicago towards the Pacific coast when eight of the 10 cars came off the tracks at around 4 pm (2200 GMT).

“We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident,” rail operator Amtrak said, adding that there were also “reported injuries”.

It was not immediately clear what caused the incident.

Footage posted on social media showed people waiting by the tracks, luggage strewn next to them, with train carriages seen listing off the rails and at least one toppled onto its side.

The National Transportation and Safety Board said it was launching a “go-team” to investigate the derailment.

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Amtrak said it had sent emergency personnel to the scene to assist local authorities in the evacuation effort.

Montana’s Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator Amanda Frickel told the New York Times that “well over 50 people had been injured”.

She said teams of rescuers were at the scene and multiple hospitals — as well as medical helicopters — were on standby.

Authorities were not releasing further details for the time being, she said, adding: “Everybody who is alive has been extricated from the wreck.”

The Empire Builder train derailed in a remote area near Joplin, Montana, a town of around 200 people near the border with Canada.

Montana Senator Jon Tester said he was monitoring the derailment.

“My thoughts are with all the passengers, crew, and first responders on the scene,” he added.

Amtrak said it was canceling some trains on Saturday between the states of North Dakota and Montana, and abridging two Empire Builder train services on Sunday, with no substitute transit available.

The US rail network suffers from chronic underfunding and fatal accidents sometimes occur.

In 2018, two people died in South Carolina when an Amtrak train traveling on the wrong tracks collided with a stationary freight train, in a crash later blamed on safety oversights.

A year earlier, an Amtrak passenger train traveling on a new route for the first time derailed in Washington state, killing at least three people as cars plunged off a bridge onto a busy highway at the height of morning rush hour.

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20 Dead, Dozens Hurt As Elevated Train Collapses In Mexico

Rescue workers remove a body from a train carriage after an elevated metro line collapsed in Mexico City on May 4, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

 

 

An elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday, leaving at least 20 people dead and dozens injured as a train came crashing down, authorities said.

Carriages were seen hanging from the overpass in a tangle of twisted cables with the ends pointing towards the ground in a V-shape.

“Unfortunately there are 20 people dead so far,” including minors, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters at the scene in the south of the capital.

 

Rescue workers gather at the site of a train accident after an elevated metro line collapsed in Mexico City on May 4, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

 

The city’s civil defense department said on Twitter that around 70 others were injured in the dramatic accident, one of the worst to strike the Mexico City metro since it was inaugurated in 1969.

Security camera footage broadcast by local media showed the carriages plunging towards the ground.

Dozens of emergency workers were seen trying to rescue victims from the carriages.

 

 

Rescue workers remove a body from a train carriage after an elevated metro line collapsed in Mexico City on May 4, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

But the work later had to be paused because of fears the wreckage was too unstable.

“For now the rescue has been suspended because the train is very weak. A crane is coming to continue” the work, Sheinbaum said.

A car was trapped under the rubble, but a person inside the viaduct managed to get out alive, she said.

“Suddenly I saw that the structure was shaking,” an unidentified witness told the Mexican television network Televisa.

“When the dust cleared we ran… to see if we could help. There were no screams. I don’t know if they were in shock,” she added.

Medics were seen taking the injured away on stretchers.

The casualties were rushed to different hospitals in the city, Sheinbaum said.

The accident occurred when a section of the elevated tracks collapsed at the Olivos station at around 10:00 pm (0300 GMT), she said.

 

Rescue workers gather at the site of a train accident after an elevated metro line collapsed in Mexico City on May 4, 2021. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

 

The Mexico City subway has 12 lines and carries millions of passengers each day.

Line 12, where the accident struck, was inaugurated in October 2012 by then mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who is now foreign minister.

Writing on Twitter, Ebrard offered his cooperation with the investigation to establish the causes and responsibility for what he called a “terrible tragedy.”

In one of the worst accidents on the network, two metro trains rammed into each other leaving 23 dead and 55 injured in October 1975.

 

Members of the Mexican Red Cross carry an injured man on a stretcher after an overpass for a metro partially collapsed in Mexico City on May 3, 2021. – At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when an elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on May 3 as a train was passing, authorities said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

 

 

Emergency workers carry an injured person away on a stretcher after an overpass for a metro partially collapsed in Mexico City on May 3, 2021. – At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured as an elevated metro line collapsed in the Mexican capital on May 3 as a train was passing, authorities said. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

 

The latest incident comes just over a year after two subway trains collided in Mexico City, leaving one dead and around 40 injured as panicked passengers escaped through dense smoke.

Social media footage showed panic at the scene of that accident in the city center as lights went out, the ventilation system was interrupted and the station filled with smoke.

In another incident in January of this year, one person died and 29 suffered smoke inhalation injuries in a fire in the metro’s control center.

 

Rescue workers gather at the site of a metro train accident after an overpass for a metro partially collapsed in Mexico City on May 3, 2021. – At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured in a metro train accident in the Mexican capital on May 3, the authorities said. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

 

The latest accident comes at a time when Mexico is struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 217,000 people dead in the country — one of the world’s highest tolls.

Train Derails In Kaduna

File photo of a train at the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna State.

 

A locomotive train carrying water pipes from Lagos State to Zaria in Kaduna State has derailed in the state capital.

The accident which occurred around the Ungwar Kanawa area of Kaduna forced the head of the locomotive to derail from the rail track, thereby leading to five of the coaches to derail.

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Although no casualties were recorded in the incident, the engineer in charge of Northern operations of the Nigerian railway corporation, Haruna Ahmed told Channels Television that the train accident was caused by vandalisation of the rail tracks by hoodlums.

He explained that the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation has already commenced the evacuation of the remaining coaches that did not fall off the track, while repair works on the tracks will follow thereafter.

32 Killed As Passenger Trains Collide In Egypt

 

At least 32 people were killed and 66 injured Friday when two passenger trains collided in southern Egypt, the health ministry said, the latest deadly rail accident to hit the country.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged tough punishment for those responsible for the crash, which came as his government wrestles with another major transport challenge, a giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal and causing huge traffic jams at either end.

The health ministry said dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene in the Tahta district of Sohag province, some 460 kilometres (285 miles) south of the capital Cairo after the two trains collided.

“32 people were killed and 66 injured” and transported to hospital, the statement said.

Dozens of people gathered around an overturned carriage lying on its side. Springs and twisted metal jutted out from the wreckage of another, an AFP correspondent reported.

Egypt’s rail authority said that unidentified passengers had “activated emergency brakes in several carriages” causing the collision.

At least two carriages overturned between the stations of Maragha and Tahta, it said in a statement.

One train was travelling between the southern city of Luxor and Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast while the other was travelling between Cairo and the southern city of Aswan.

Health Minister Hala Zayed travelled to Sohag to check on the injured, as authorities opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

President Sisi vowed “deterrent punishment” for anyone found responsible for the collision.

“Anyone who caused this painful accident through negligence or corruption, or anything similar, must receive a deterrent punishment without exception or delay,” he said in a tweet.

Egypt has been plagued with deadly train accidents in recent years that have been widely blamed on inadequate infrastructure and poor maintenance.

One of the deadliest occurred in 2002 when 373 people died as a fire ripped through a crowded train south of Cairo, and there have been many fatal crashes since.

Train crashes, Suez shutdown

In March last year, at least 13 people were injured when two passenger trains collided in Cairo, triggering a brief suspension of rail services nationwide.

At the time rail managers blamed the crash on signals not functioning in bad weather.

And in February 2019, a train derailed and caught fire at Cairo’s main railway station, killing at least 22 people and injuring 41, and prompting the transport minister, Hisham Arafat, to resign.

The following month, the president appointed a senior military officer, General Kamel al-Wazir, to head the transport ministry.

Wazir had been the head of the Egyptian military’s engineering authority since 2015.

The unit is behind many of the army’s mega-projects. including a new capital east of Cairo and construction of everything from hospitals to sewage treatment plants.

Since he took office in 2014, Sisi has appointed military officers to high-ranking positions, including governorships.

He has repeatedly praised the military’s role in delivering major projects in record time such as the expansion of the Suez Canal in August 2015.

The strategic waterway has made headlines since Tuesday, when the container ship MV Ever Given — which is longer than four football fields — got stuck across the entire canal shutting the vital shipping lane in both directions.

The blockage has caused huge traffic jams at either end of the 193-kilometre (120-mile) long canal and major delays in the delivery of oil and other products.

Tugboats and dredgers were working Friday to free the vessel as companies were forced to re-route services from the Suez Canal around the southern tip of Africa.

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said the vessel veered off course and ran aground when winds reaching 40 knots whipped up a sandstorm that affected visibility.

18 Dead In Thailand Bus-Train Collision

Investigators work by the wreckage of an overturned bus involved in a deadly collision with a train next to Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station in Chachoengsao province, east of the Thai capital Bangkok, on October 11, 2020. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

 

 

At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 injured in Thailand Sunday when a freight train crashed into a bus taking passengers to a religious ceremony, officials said.

The morning collision, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital, Bangkok, toppled the bus and sheared off part of its roof.

More than 40 passengers were rushed to nearby medical facilities for treatment, said provincial hospital director Sombat Chutimanukul.

“Four are in critical condition and eight remain under observation” out of the 23 admitted to her hospital, she told reporters.

By late afternoon, more than 30 passengers who had sustained mild injuries were sent home, said a local police chief.

“The death toll is at 18,” he told AFP, adding that “the investigation on the cause of the accident is ongoing”.

 

 

Footage shared by a government department showed the bus edging from the road onto train tracks before a blue cargo train slammed into its side.

“I was frozen in fear when I saw the crash… It was a terrible sight,” said Pitchitra Thongwichit, 34, who lives close to the tracks.

“All the passengers were moaning and crying for help.”

Photos taken by rescue workers showed gnarled metal and debris, with bodies lying by the tracks and belongings scattered around the scene.

Factory worker Samruan Thongdee said he was having breakfast nearby when he heard the crash.

“I called my colleagues to come to help” before the emergency workers arrived, the 57-year-old told AFP. “I managed to drag a woman from the wreckage and helped her up onto the train platform.”

Two cranes were brought in the afternoon to lift the bus off the tracks so that police could better assess the carnage.

There were some 60 passengers in the chartered bus travelling from Samut Prakan province to a temple in Chachoengsao, said province governor Maitree Tritilanond.

They were planning to offer yellow robes to monks — a traditional ceremony held within a month of the end of Buddhist Lent, he told reporters.

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Thai premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha instructed authorities to investigate the cause of the crash, a government spokesman said in a statement.

Travel throughout the kingdom has been thrown into disarray by a big storm hitting the region, leaving roads in poor conditions and some provinces deluged in shin-high floods.

Deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors.

Thailand has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world, according to a 2018 World Health Organization report.

Though a majority of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines.

In March 2018, at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying domestic tourists in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and into a tree.

Sanwo-Olu, Amaechi Visit Site Of Train Accident In Oshodi

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited the site of the Monday fatal accident involving a commuter train and two vehicles.

Two persons reportedly died in the accident, which occurred along the driveways into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi.

Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was in the company of the governor during the on-the-spot assessment of the site.

The victims, a father, and a son were said to be driving into the shopping arena when they were caught up by the speeding train. Their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track.

All the six persons in the other vehicle – a passenger bus – escaped with different degrees of injuries after the train dragged the commercial bus 800 meters away from the point of collision.

Sanwo-Olu sympathised with the families of the victims while noting that the accident was regrettable. The Governor said the incident happened on the day the State Government and the Federal Government reached an agreement to close down the shopping complex’s gates at the railway line because of safety concerns.

He said: “This incident is regrettable because it happened on the day all stakeholders reached a consensus to close down the gates into the shopping arena. And this is part of the concerns we have been raising about commuters’ safety on this axis. We need to act fast. This fatal accident should strengthen our resolve to do the needful and prevent a repeat of the sad incident in the future.

“It is also a clarion call on our people to be safety conscious whenever they need to drive across the rail tracks. If there is a slow movement of vehicles at any railway bypass, then there is a need to keep a safe distance from the rail tracks. We have been rolling out advocacy on this and we will intensify efforts on it. Safety of the people is paramount and we will do all required to ensure we put a stop to this kind of accident.”

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government and the Federal Government were on the move to create alternative entry and exit driveways for the shopping arena and other vulnerable points along the railway corridor.

This effort, the Governor believed, will strengthen the safety of commuters and motorists along rail corridors.

Prior to the visit by the Governor and the Minister, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had evacuated the mangled vehicles from the rail track.

Those injured had been treated and discharged by medical personnel deployed to the site of the accident.

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Train Derails, Bursts Into Flames In Arizona

Smoke fills the sky at the scene of a train derailment in Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

 

A freight train derailed and caught fire on a bridge in Arizona on Wednesday, but there were no reports of injuries in what a witness described as a “scene from hell.”

The accident near Phoenix took place at around 6:15 a.m., prompting a massive fire visible for miles and sending some 100 firefighters, police and paramedics to the scene.

Tim McMahan, a spokesman for Union Pacific, told AFP that eight to 10 cars caught fire as the train, which was moving freight, crossed a bridge over Tempe Town Lake.

He said that the cars that burned for hours were carrying lumber.

“The south side of the bridge collapsed and rail cars fell into an empty park below,” McMahan said, adding that the bridge had undergone inspection earlier this month.

He said there were no injuries among the crew but one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

Smoke can be seen from a train derailment and fire along a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona July 29, 2020. Laura Segall / AFP

 

McMahan said two of the three tank cars on the ground under the bridge contained cyclohexanone while the third contained a rubber material.

“None are reported leaking, and no tank cars were involved in the fire,” he said, adding that the cause of the derailment was under investigation.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, cyclohexanone is a colorless oily liquid with an odor resembling acetone and peppermint. The chemical is both flammable and an irritant and is mainly used for the production of nylon.

A local resident who was riding her bike under the bridge moments before the accident told local media she had the fright of her life.

“Now there’s fire pouring into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It looks like a scene from hell, truly,” Camille Kimball said on CBS 5. “A scene from hell. … The flames are intense and the sky is filled with black smoke.”

Kaduna-Abuja Train Service Resumes Operation

 

The Kaduna-Abuja train service has resumed passenger operations, nearly four months after services were stopped due to the nationwide lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The railway opened bookings for passenger services on Wednesday morning with four trains a day connecting Kaduna to Abuja.

Railway health officials at the Rigasa Train station told Channels Television that coaches and the premises have been decontaminated before the resumption of passenger service.

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Passengers were also mandated to wash their hands with soap at the entry point, their luggages were decontaminated, while their body temperatures were screened before being allowed to move to the ticket point.

In line with social distancing guidelines, the number of passengers per couch has also been cut down by half while the railway management has made the wearing of face mask and use of hand sanitizers compulsory.

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My Convoy Was Never Attacked By Bandits In Kaduna, Says Amaechi

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has debunked news making the rounds that his convoy was attacked by bandits at the Rigasa train station in Kaduna state on Sunday. 

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Mr Amaechi narrated the incidence and described the story as ‘totally false and misleading’.

According to him, there was never a time his convoy was attacked immediately he disembarked from the Abuja – Kaduna bound train.

He noted that the false story has further lent credence for the need by the Federal Government to pass the social media law in order to checkmate fake news.

“This so-called social media, the earlier they start regulating it, the better.

“I left the train, walked into the car alone, my security just joined me and then there was government house security, they conveyed me straight to the hotel; I slept for some few minutes, went to a party and left the party at 12 midnight.

“It was after I left the party I saw calls from my wife and it was frantic and I was wondering why my wife will call me for over 15 to 20 times, then I called back to say what is going on, that’s when she said thank God, that they said they attempted to kidnap me and that there was a shootout.

“We either start regulating this (social media), or there are people who deliberately want to bring down the government, and I don’t know what they want to achieve by that, is it that the government can’t protect its own minister?” he asked.

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Mr Amaechi stressed that it is not the duty of the Ministry of Transport to provide security for passengers and their responsibilities end from the point passengers leave the train station.

“I don’t know whether the policemen came for me or they were there to protect, but I will find out if they came to protect passengers.

“The job of the ministry of transport stops as you disembark the train. I’m not the IG of police or the Governor of Kaduna state, but our responsibility stops once you leave the station; up to the station, we had policemen.

“As at yesterday, there was nothing wrong; no shooting or kidnapping,” he restated.

Two Dead As Train Derails Near Milan

 

Two people were killed and about 30 injured on Thursday when a high-speed train derailed near Milan in northern Italy, Italian media said.

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The accident occurred near the town of Lodi, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Milan. The two people killed were rail workers on the train, the media said.

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Train Kills Two Elephants In India

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Two elephants were hit and killed by a passenger train on Wednesday in eastern India, officials said, with the animals’ bodies decorated with flowers before being cremated at the spot.

In the past five years, at least 26 elephants have been killed and scores more injured by trains on this stretch of track near the Nepal border, according to wildlife officials.

The animals — one of which was pregnant — were hit at 4:30 am (2300 GMT) while crossing the railway line, said North Frontier Railway spokesman Subhanan Chanda.

“We think that the accident took place due to poor visibility in the area caused by the dense fog,” Chanda added.

Forestry workers and wildlife officials have repeatedly asked rail authorities to stop running trains at night because of such incidents.

Dozens of locals gathered around the bodies of the elephants, with some offering prayers. Logs were piled up around the carcasses and set alight.

“Railway authorities have ordered an inquiry to ascertain if the train was moving above its speed limit of 90 kilometres (55 miles) per hour,” Chanda said.

The railway gauge was widened a decade ago, allowing trains to travel faster, he added.

AFP