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Rick Shapiro

12 Children Injured, One Killed When School Bus Hits Train in North Dakota

A 17-year-old high school student died, and 12 other schoolchildren suffered serious injuries, when the school bus in which they were riding crashed into a BNSF freight train near the town of Larimore, North Dakota (ND), on the afternoon of […]

Rick Shapiro

Did a Degraded Railroad Crossing Cause a Crash That Injured Train Crew Members?

A collision between a Union Pacific freight train and a tractor-trailer in Mer Rouge, Louisiana (LA), on October 5, 2014, left two rail crew members critically injured. The conductor needed to be flown by helicopter to shreveport, more than an […]

Patrick Austin

Public Should Become More Aware of Railroad Safety

In North Carolina, there have been 10 deaths this year due to trains hitting pedestrians, and there have been a total of 16 train-pedestrian accidents. In 2013, there were 21 pedestrian deaths, and 33 total accidents. North Carolina officials say […]

Patrick Austin

Train Carrying Fertilizers Derails in Greenville, NC

Greenville, North Carolina (NC) police and fire officials continue to investigate a train derailment that occurred April 30. The accident occurred between Charles Blvd. and Evans St. in Greenville. The train was carrying ammonium polyphosphate, which is an agricultural ingredient […]

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US Government Revisits Bus Safety Rules After Deadly CA Wreck

Federal officials in various transportation-related agencies are looking into ways to reduce injuries and death in bus wrecks this week. This is in the wake of a fiery crash that killed 10 in northern California, where a FedEx big rig […]

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Child Injuries and Deaths: Grief and Dealing with Personal Injury and Death Claims for Minors

There is truly nothing more traumatic for a parent than to lose a child in a preventable accident and there is truly no words to express the grief over the death of a child.  William Shakespeare wrote about the matter: […]

Rick Shapiro

Engineer and Train Crew Injuries After Railroad Accidents Often Go Unnoticed

A white cross near a railroad crossing is a silent reminder that a victim of a railroad accident lost their life.  Regardless of who was at fault, the driver for not obeying traffic signals or the railroad for an unsafe […]

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Coalition Opposes Truck Weight Increases – Takes Fight to Capitol Hill

Congress is working this month on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Consequently, a large coalition of public health and safety groups, law enforcement, truck drivers and truck crash victims are descending on Capitol Hill this week to oppose increase to […]

Rick Shapiro

Railroad Safety: Are Railroads Doing Enough at Crossings and Heavy Pedestrian Areas?

In the movie, Stand By Me, there is a famous scene where four boys try a short cut and walk out on a railroad track over a ravine.  This proves to be a mistake as the oncoming train almost runs […]

Rick Shapiro

Railroad Accident: Chicago Commuter Train Crashes at Airport: Injures 32 People

Talk about a rough ride.  Passengers that were on the Chicago Transit Authority railroad  line train got a rude awaking when their train derailed and crashed through a barrier and up an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  The cause of […]