August 31, 2016

Rep. Bucshon: Tear down that bill

A daily fact of life for train crews is transportation to and from terminals in shuttle-vans operated by firms under contract to railroads. Over the past year, four crew members died and another was seriously injured in two separate accidents while riding in shuttle vans. Shuttle-van drivers are almost always non-union and required to work […]

Shuttle van service fined after deadly BSNF crash

KELSO, Wash. – Shuttle van operator Coach America Crew Transport has been fined more than $13,000 by the State of Washington for alleged safety lapses in the wake of a train-van accident in March that killed a BNSF engineer, a conductor trainee and the van driver, and seriously injured a UTU-member conductor. The shuttle van, […]

Conductor, engineer killed in Mont. crew-van accident

FRAZER, Mont. — A BNSF conductor and UTU member, along with a BNSF engineer, were killed late Friday night, Aug. 19, when the crew van in which they were riding was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2 just east of here in eastern Montana. This was the eighth UTU member fatality in 2011, and […]