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Sunday
Mar042012

Poland Train Crash Kills 16, Injures 58

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WARSAW) -- Sixteen people died and 58 were injured on Saturday night in Poland’s worst rail crash in decades.

The Telegraph reports that a Krakow-bound express train from Warsaw collided with another train near Szczekociny.

“This is our most tragic train disaster in many, many years,” Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, said.

An unnamed American woman was among the victims killed.

Polish prosecutors opened an investigation to determine how one of the trains ended up on the wrong tracks.

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Friday
Aug122011

Train Derailed in Poland Kills Passenger, Injures Dozens

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WARSAW, Poland) -- Police say a train has derailed in central Poland, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of others.

The inter-city train was traveling south from Warsaw when the engine and three of the carriages went off the tracks, according to authorities.

One firefighter told Polish television station TVN24 the number of deaths from the incident could rise, according to BBC News.

"We are told that people are hurled through windows and landed under the wagon which is lying on its side," firefighter Wlodzimierz Kapiec told TVN24.

The cause of the accident is not immediately known.  Authorities will continue to investigate.

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Thursday
Jul212011

Glitches in China's New Bullet Trains Draw Questions about Safety

Comstock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- China's sleek new bullet trains, which began running earlier this month, are drawing delighted crowds of travelers, but snafus that have brought the speedy trains to a halt at times have some questioning whether their builders took shortcuts that sacrificed safety.

China's newest high-speed rail line went into service with great fanfare on July 1.  Initially planned to be completed in five years, the project was completed in just over half that time.

The government has been accused of rushing the completion of the train line to coincide with the Communist Party's 90th birthday, leading to concerns by some that accelerated construction deadlines were carried out at the expense of safety.

One major draw of rail travel in China is convenience.  It is cheaper than flying, and you don't have to book a ticket weeks in advance of your weekend getaway.  Gone are the headaches of endless airport security lines.  While you do have to show your passport and go through a metal detector to ride the new bullet train, your shoes stay on and you can keep your water bottle.

The 800-mile trip from Beijing to Shanghai is supposed to take a manageable five-and-a-half hours.  But during the past week, several "equipment malfunctions" stopped trains and delayed passengers.

At Beijing's crowded South Station, news of electrical problems hadn't dampened excitement surrounding the new train line.

"I don't worry about safety or delay," said one passenger waiting for the train.  "It's unlikely there will be more problems.  And look at how many people have chosen to take the train."

Another passenger was less confident.  "I don't worry about safety, but I do worry about being delayed," she said.

China's state broadcaster reported that days after the opening of the world's longest sea bridge off China's east coast, workers were still tightening bolts on the bridge that could easily have been loosened by hand, as 18,000 cars crossed the bridge daily. Nanjing South Station, the most expensive station built along the Beijing-Shanghai rail line, has had problems since its completion.  Repairs to a leaky roof and floor tiles that have already had to be torn up and replaced were defended by the technical director of the project as "fine tuning," Shanghai Oriental Satellite TV reported.

The government insists that the new rail lines are safe and that malfunctions are normal when a high speed rail line starts operating.

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Monday
Jul112011

India: Train Crash Leaves at Least 69 Dead

(STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images) (UTTAR PRADESH, India) -- As many as 69 people have been killed and an estimated 250 injured in a train crash in northern India Sunday near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Kalka Mail passenger train was traveling from Horah to Delhi.

Rescue workers continue to search for survivors, however they describe the efforts as difficult because of the mangled condition of the train.

The crash took place when the train derailed while traveling faster than local standards, at 62 mph.

While investigations into the cause of the derailment continue, some suspect it occurred when the conductor used the emergency break to avoid hitting cattle.

The crash marks the second in a week, coming after a train crash last Thursday that killed 38 people. The incidents amplify criticism from experts who say the system suffers from an aging infrastructure and outdated safety equipment.

India's 150 year old transportation system operates nearly 10,000 trains each day.

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Wednesday
May112011

Osama Bin Laden Operational Journal Among Evidence from Raid

CNN via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A journal apparently handwritten by Osama bin Laden is among the trove of evidence recovered by U.S. Navy SEALs in the operation that killed the al Qaeda leader more than a week ago, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The notebook, which was described by one official as a "professional journal," detailed al Qaeda doctrine, potential targets and how to carry out attacks against them. U.S. intelligence analysts conducted a handwriting analysis of the journal and believe it was personally written by bin Laden, who another official described as a "meticulous note-taker."

The notes describing potential plots against the U.S. rail system -- which prompted an advisory from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last week -- were part of the journal, officials said.

Previously, officials said the evidence recovered from bin Laden's compound amounted to a veritable "playbook" of al Qaeda operations, from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and other top commanders.

Analysts said the proposed rail plot was dated in February, 2010 and indicates a "low-tech" sabotage operation using trees and cement blocks was being considered on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

"As of February 2010, al-Qa'ida was allegedly contemplating conducting an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001," the FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin reads, using an alternate spelling for bin Laden's terror group. "As one option, al-Qa'ida was looking into trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or a bridge."

In a statement, DHS press secretary Matt Chandler stressed at the time that the message it sent out to its rail partners about a potential al Qaeda plot was "based on initial reporting, which is often misleading and inaccurate and subject to change. We remain at a heightened state of vigilance, but do not intend to issue [a National Terrorism Advisory System] alert at this time."

Analysts have been poring over the documents in the nine days since bin Laden was killed and still no imminent plots have been discovered, though officials said there is still much work to do.

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Sunday
Jan302011

Germany: Train Collision Kills At Least 10, Injures Dozens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HORDORF, Germany) -- At least 10 were killed when a commuter train collided with a freight train this weekend in one of Germany’s worst rail accidents in years.

Authorities say the death toll could rise as more bodies are recovered and the dozens of injured passengers struggle to recover from the devastating crash, which happened near the eastern village of Hordorf.

The U.K.'s Guardian reports that investigators are working to determine a cause for the crash.

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