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Singing Grandma Thrown Off Train Gets Support of Local Officials

ABC News(MIAMI) -- The family of an elderly Florida woman is furious that she was hauled off a commuter train because she was singing spirituals and is considering legal action.

The family of Emma Anderson, 82, claims she was injured by a Miami-Dade Transit security guard who they said roughly yanked her from a train seat and escorted her off the train on Feb. 20.

Anderson of Miami-Dade, was singing spiritual hymns from her train seat when a security guard asked her to stop. The security guard told Anderson that she was being disruptive.

"I was beating my little beads with the bottle and I was singing a song, and he came up to me and said, 'Ma'am, you're making too much noise,'" Anderson told ABC News’ affiliate WPLG.

A passenger started recording Anderson and the guard's interaction on his cell phone. The video shows Anderson being forcibly removed from the train.


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Subway Push Murder Suspect Implicated Himself, Police Say

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A suspect believed to be responsible for throwing a man into the path of an oncoming New York City subway train, and who was taken into custody Tuesday, has made statements implicating himself, police said.

According to Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne, the suspect has been questioned by police since at least early afternoon Tuesday, and while the suspect is in police custody, he has not been officially charged.

Police are continuing to question the suspect, and more lineups have been scheduled for Wednesday, Browne said.

Police have not released the suspect's name but began questioning him Tuesday afternoon about the death of Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, N.Y.

Han was tossed onto the subway track at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Monday after Han confronted a mumbling man who was alarming other passengers on the train platform. Han tried to scramble back onto the platform, but was crushed by an oncoming train.

The suspect fled the station, prompting a police dragnet for a man described by witnesses and seen on surveillance video as a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound black man wearing dreadlocks in his hair.

Witnesses tried to revive the victim after he was hit and provided descriptions of the suspect to police.

Dr. Laura Kaplan, medical resident at Beth Israel Medical Center who was standing on the platform during the incident, rushed to give Han aid after he was hit, she said in a statement released by her medical practice Tuesday.

"A security guard and I performed 3-4 minutes of chest compressions. I hope the family may find some comfort in knowing about the kindness of these Good Samaritans, as they endure this terrible loss," Kaplan said.

"I would like the family to know that many people in the station tried to help Mr. Han by alerting the subway personnel," she said.

Kaplan said she wanted to console the family of Han, whom she called "a brave man trying to protect other passengers that he did not know."

The suspect had reportedly been mumbling to himself and disturbing other passengers, according to ABC News affiliate WABC. Police told WABC that the suspect could be mentally disturbed.

The suspect could be heard arguing with Han just moments before he hurled Han onto the track bed, according to surveillance video released by the police. The suspect is heard telling the victim to stand in line and "wait for the R train."

A freelance photographer for the New York Post was on the platform and said he ran towards the train flashing his camera hoping to alert the train to stop in time, but the train caught Han against the shoulder-deep platform wall.

The photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, caught an eerie photo of Han with his head and arms above the platform and staring at the oncoming train.

Han was treated by EMS workers on the platform for traumatic arrest and rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Fire Department of New York.

"I just heard people yelling. The train came to an abrupt stop about three-quarters into the station and that's when I heard a man was hit by a train," Patrick Gomez told ABC News affiliate WABC.

Police set up a command post outside the train station Monday night searching nearby surveillance cameras to try and get a clear image of the suspect, reports WABC. They said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing.

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Train Hits Truck Carrying Wounded Veterans at Parade; Four Killed

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(MIDLAND, Texas) -- Four people died and 17 others were injured when a freight train plowed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans at a crossing in Midland, Texas.

The float was one of two flatbed tractor-trailers carrying wounded veterans and their families to an honorary banquet during Show of Support's Hunt for Heroes parade Thursday afternoon.  A Union Pacific train approached after 4:30 p.m. local time just as the parade was crossing the tracks, striking the vehicle, according to officials and witnesses.

Two people died at the scene and two others died at Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland Police Chief Price Robinson said.  Seventeen people in all were transported to the hospital and 10 were treated and released.  Four people were in stable condition and one is in critical condition as of Friday morning.

Joshua Michael, 34, was killed in the crash but was able to save his wife, his mother-in-law told the Amarillo Globe-News.

"He pushed his wife off the float -- my daughter," Mary Hefley told the newspaper.  "He was that kind of guy.  He always had a smile on his face.  He would do for others before he would do for himself."

Hefley said Michael retired from the Army due to health reasons.

About two dozen veterans and their spouses had been sitting in chairs on the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer decorated with American flags and signs identifying each veteran.

The first truck crossed the tracks in time, but the second did not, according to Hamid Vatankhah, a witness who owns a used car lot near the scene of the crash.

Sirens from the police cars in the parade may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train, Vatankhah said.

The impact, witnesses say, was deafening as the train struck the parade float.  "Some people were able to jump, and some that were sitting in wheelchairs on top couldn't do nothing about it," Vatankhah added.

Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange said it appeared safety devices at the crash site were working.  However, there were conflicting reports by eyewitnesses about whether the gates went down at the crossing when the train approached.

"I saw the truck crossing the tracks.  About halfway across the gates started coming down.  The truck tried to blow his horn to get the other people in front of him out of the way.  The gates actually hit the first people on the trailer," witness Michael Briggs said.

"Our preliminary findings indicate that the lights and gates were working at the time of the incident and that our train crew sounded the locomotive horn," said Lange.

The National Transportation Safety Board was at the scene and has launched an investigation into the accident.

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Four Dead as Train Hits Trailer Carrying Veterans at Parade

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIDLAND, Texas) -- Four people died and 17 others were taken to a hospital when a train crashed into a parade float honoring veterans in Midland, Texas, late Thursday afternoon.

"From what we know right now, apparently there were two fatalities at the time of the incident and two more at the hospital that passed away after they'd been transported," Midland Police Chief Price Robinson said.

Midland Memorial Hospital confirmed the four deaths to ABC News.

Of the 17 injured at the hospital, 10 were in critical condition and seven were in stable condition, Robinson said.

The float was one of two 18-wheel trailers carrying wounded veterans and their families during the parade when a train approached, according to Hamid Vatankhah, a witness who owns a used car lot near the scene of the crash.

The first truck crossed the tracks in time, but the second did not, Vatankhah said, adding that sirens from the police cars in the parade may have drowned out the sound of the approaching train.

"Some people were able to jump, and some that were sitting in wheelchairs on top couldn't do nothing about it," Vatankhah said.

The floats in the Show of Support's Hunt for Heroes parade were crossing Union Pacific train tracks at Garfield Street and Industrial Avenue en route to a Show of Support Banquet around 4:35 p.m. local time, according to ABC News affiliate KMID-TV.

Witnesses said the train crossing gate did not go down before the floats got to the tracks, KMID reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board was launching a team to the site to investigate the crash. It expected to have investigators at the site this evening and a full team on site by Friday.

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Train Derailment in Ohio Sparks Explosion, Prompts Evacuations

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- A train in Columbus, Ohio, derailed early Wednesday morning, sparking an explosion and the evacuation of about 100 people near the fire, ABC News affiliate WSYX-TV reports.

At least two people have been injured.  Their conditions are not yet known.

The derailment happened at 2 a.m. on Fields Avenue.  Eleven cars in total derailed.  WSYX says some of the cars were carrying ethanol, a highly flammable substance.  As of a result, two went up in flames.

People within a one-mile radius of the blaze have been evacuated, according to WSYX.  A hazardous materials team has been called to the scene.

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Dog Rescues Unconscious Owner from Oncoming Train

Courtesy Angell Animal Medical Center(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts pit bull named Lilly took on a freight train last week to save her owner, who collapsed unconscious onto the tracks during a late-night walk in Shirley. The 8-year-old dog used her teeth to pull Christine Spain, 54, off the tracks as the train approached. While Spain emerged unscathed, Lilly lost a leg.

The train's engineer, who didn't want to give his name, said he spotted the woman and her dog on the tracks just after midnight on May 3, according to the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He said he tried to stop the train in time, but feared he'd hit them both. When he got out, he found that Spain was unharmed, but the train's wheels had sliced through Lilly's front right leg, which was bleeding heavily.

An animal control officer rushed Lilly to an emergency animal hospital in nearby Acton, where Spain's son, Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, met them in the parking lot. Lanteigne said he had a feeling of dread as he got out of his car, but Lilly let him know she was OK.

"The first thing I see is just those big, beautiful eyes just looking at me, and next to her, I saw her right front paw was severely damaged," he told ABC News. "I saw her tail wagging the first time right there."

Lanteigne said he rescued Lilly three years ago, thinking she'd make a good therapy dog for Spain, who had battled alcoholism, depression and anxiety for many years. He said Spain doted on the dog, and often defrosted packets of green beans to cut them up and put them in Lilly's food. Eventually, he said, Spain's drinking decreased.

"We saved Lilly, and Lilly saved my mom's life," he said. "My hope is that this story is going to get out and show what pit bulls are truly about. I hope by Lilly going through this, it's going to get other dogs homes."

Lilly underwent two surgeries last weekend at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Steel plates were implanted to repair her fractured pelvis and support her left leg. She now has a long scar where her right front leg was amputated. Angell spokesman Rob Halpin said Lilly's doctors expect she'll be able to walk again, but adjusting to three legs will be hard for the senior dog.

Spain, who Lanteigne said relapsed before her collapse last week upon hearing some bad news, was arrested on the scene and arraigned the following day in Ayer District Court on charges of obstruction and danger on a railroad track, walking on a railroad track and animal cruelty, Shirely Police Executive Secretary Ann Whiting told ABC News. Spain was not arrested on any alcohol-related charges, but she was placed in protective custody because of intoxication, said Whiting.

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Baby Born on New Jersey PATH Train

F1online/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- A woman received quite the morning commuter surprise when she went into labor and gave birth on the New Jersey PATH train Monday morning.

The baby was born at 9:49 a.m. between the Journal Square Station stop in New Jersey and the 33rd Street stop in Manhattan, according to ABC station WABC-TV in New York.  A fellow passenger, who happened to be an attending physician at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, assisted in delivering the child on the train, a spokesperson for the hospital told ABC News.

When the PATH train crew learned that Rabita Sarker, 31, of Harrison, N.J., was in labor, the conductors switched the train to express service until 33rd Street. By the time the train reached 33rd Street, EMS workers and Port Authority police officers were ready and waiting to take the family to the hospital.  But the newborn baby boy had already been delivered and was being held by his father.

The hospital said the mother and her baby are doing well.

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Amtrak Train Derails in Southwest Nebraska

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(MAX, Neb.) -- An Amtrak train carrying approximately 175 passengers derailed in southwest Nebraska on Friday after hitting what the company described as an agricultural vehicle that obscured the tracks.

Some passengers were taken to a local hospital but there were no reports of life threatening injuries, Amtrak said.

“We are saddened by any injury and appreciate the emergency response by local and state agencies,” the company said in a statement Friday.

The train -- which left the San Francisco area on Wednesday -- was traveling from Emeryville, Calif. to Chicago.

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Amtrak Train Collides with Dump Truck in Maine

PRNewsFoto/Siemens(NORTH BERWICK, Maine) -- At least one person is dead after a crash involving an Amtrak train and a dump truck near North Berwick, Maine.

The rail company says there were no initial reports of serious or life threatening injuries to those aboard the Amtrak train, but attributed a single death to that of the truck driver.

“The driver of  the dump truck reportedly suffered fatal injuries,” Amtrak said in a statement Monday.

The train was approximately a half-hour from its destination of Portland, Maine, when the incident happened. Passengers were being transferred to buses to complete their trips.

Amtrak could not immediately say whether the train struck the truck or vice-versa.

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Some Passengers Still Unaccounted for in Nevada Train-Truck Crash

Robert Hill(FENLEY, Nev.) -- Five people were still unaccounted Sunday night following the collision of a passenger train and truck in the Nevada desert last Friday night, which killed at least six people and sent 20 others to the hospital.

The Zephyr train was headed from Chicago to California when Amtrak officials said a truck slammed into it about 70 miles east of Reno while attempting to pass through the railroad crossing even as lights flashed and the gates were coming down.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, the truck was part of a three-vehicle convoy employed by John Davis Trucking in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

It left skids marks of more than 100 yards before hitting the side of the train at a 45-degree angle.  Since visibility was excellent, the drivers of the other trucks said they couldn't understand why the lead driver, who was also killed in the collision, kept going.

There were also reports late Sunday that John Davis Trucking was cited previously for numerous violations for crashes and unsafe conditions.  Investigators also want to check cellphone records of the driver to determine if he might have been distracted while approaching the train.

As far as those who remain unaccounted for, an NTSB official admitted the number was "spongy" because it couldn't be determined how many people might have gotten off the train after it left Chicago.

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