July 31, 2015

Safety Team member assisting NTSB in Calif.

The SMART Transportation Division’s National Safety Team has assigned one of its members to assist the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of the crash and derailment of a Metrolink commuter train in Ventura County in California Feb. 24. Twenty-eight people were injured, four of them critically, when the five-car Metrolink commuter train traveling [...]

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. [...]

SMART TD safety experts on call to NTSB 24/7

The SMART Transportation Division Transportation Safety Team (TST) is comprised of 17 members of the SMART TD, each of whom is on call 24 hours a day to assist in determining the facts in rail-related accidents. The team members are selected by the SMART Transportation Division president based upon their knowledge of operating rules and [...]

UTU TST assists NTSB after Amtrak derailment

The UTU Transportation Safety Team is assisting National Transportation Board investigators following an Oct. 21 derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in Niles, Mich. News reports indicate the investigation initially is focusing on whether the train was on the wrong track. Some 174 passengers were on board, according to news reports, and seven passengers and [...]