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Tag: Train Accidents

NW Chicago high school student struck and killed by Metra train

There are thousands of intersections throughout Illinois where trains, cars and pedestrians cross paths. Many of the most dangerous train crossings are found here in Chicago and in surrounding suburbs. Accidents at these intersections are often fatal, as a train-crossing …

Tomorrow marks 10th anniversary of a major Illinois train accident

Most Chicago readers will no doubt remember a tragic transportation accident that is about to have its 10th anniversary. On February 9, 2003, a tanker train on its way to Chicago and carrying thousands of gallons of caustic chemicals suddenly …

Wrongful death lawsuit filed following fatal car-train collision

There are many ways to get around in Chicago, but our various forms of transportation do not always coexist peacefully. One major hazard faced by car and truck drivers alike is railroad crossings. Malfunctioning signals or gates can leave one’s …

Derailed train injures passengers, narrowly avoids coal cars

Chicago residents have many choices when it comes to rail transportation. Amtrak, Metra and the venerable ‘L’ provide countless options for business and pleasure travel. But rail tracks require frequent inspection and maintenance; failure to examine tracks in a satisfactory …

Illinois moves to prevent train accidents on new high-speed line

Illinois is working towards the creation of a high-speed passenger rail line that would run from Chicago to St. Louis. Begun in 2010, workers have installed higher-grade ties and rails on existing tracks and have made curves easier to negotiate …

NTSB pushes for new design to reduce severity of train accidents

Chicago has long been a crucial railroad hub in the Midwest, and the city’s rapid development is wedded to the business that came via train. Unfortunately, the cost of progress can be high. While train accidents may not be as …