August 23, 2014

Funeral set for member Hayes, killed in UP crash

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A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas, for SMART Transportation Division member Roderick A. Hayes, 31, who was killed in a Union Pacific train collision Aug. 17. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6 [...]

Engineer, railway company talk as Lac-Mégantic burns

The following conversations took place on July 5 and 6, 2013, on the night of the devastating derailment in Lac-Mégantic. They were between railway engineer Tom Harding and company offices in Farnham, Que., and Maine. The transcripts, which are based on audio recordings of MM&A’s rail-traffic control communications, provide new insight into Mr. Harding’s actions [...]

Coroner reports railroad worker was shot

The Kern County’s coroner’s office released the official cause of death for Robert Limon, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway worker who was found dead on Aug. 17. According to the coroner’s office, Limon died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the matter as a homicide. Read the complete story at the Tehachapi News.

MoDOT seeking applicants for rail safety inspectors

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The Missouri Department of Transportation Aug. 19 posted job openings for two railroad safety inspectors for its railroad operations staff. The railroad safety inspectors will conduct routine grade crossing, track, hazardous materials, motive power and equipment, operating practice and signal inspections. Monthly salary is listed between $3,119 and $3,471. The locations of the jobs are [...]

Durbin sets hearing on Amtrak delays

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Weeks after calling for a study of the potential for increased service along Amtrak’s Chicago to Carbondale route, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is holding a hearing in Champaign Wednesday on freight train interference along the corridor. The meeting between Surface Transportation Board Chairman Dan Elliott, Amtrak board member Tom Carper and local [...]

Cargo rates trigger shipper backlash at railroads

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After CSX Corp. (CSX) raised rates for shipping specialty gas by 41 percent over three years, Diversified CPC International Inc. had to shutter a production line near Chicago. The buyer of a custom-ordered Diversified gas didn’t want the expense from those freight bills, so it decided to bring the manufacturing in-house. Read the complete story [...]

TSB slams Transport Canada in Lac-Mégantic disaster

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – Transport Canada was slammed Tuesday (Aug. 19) in a long-awaited report into last summer’s train disaster that claimed the lives of 47 people, for not forcing Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway to improve its safety record. “Each time (Transport Canada inspectors) were saying, ‘OK, we found this, you’ve got to do this,’ but [...]

NTSB: Crash wiped out signal that could hold clues

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal investigator said Tuesday (Aug. 19) that a signal that would have given a final instruction to the crew of a railroad train involved in a fatal head-on collision was damaged in the accident but could still hold clues as to what happened. Crews are hopeful they can recover data [...]

Member dies in UP train collision in Arkansas

Two Union Pacific Railroad employees were killed and two others were injured when two UP trains collided early Sunday (Aug. 17) morning in Hoxie, Ark. SMART Transportation Division member and conductor Roderick A. Hayes, 31, and engineer Chance Gober, 40, were both killed on the southbound train, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. [...]

NTSB now investigating UP train crash

HOXIE, Ark. – The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating a deadly train crash in Lawrence County. Sunday, Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head on, near the tracks off Highway 67. Two crew members were killed, another two members were injured. Read the complete story at Television Station WREG.