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FACTBOX-Recent major U.S. commuter train and ferry crashes
January 4, 2017 / 8:57 PM / 8 months ago

FACTBOX-Recent major U.S. commuter train and ferry crashes

Jan 4 (Reuters) - A commuter train operated by the Long Island Rail Road derailed at a terminal in the New York City borough of Brooklyn during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, injuring more than 100 people. The train, which was arriving from Far Rockaway in the borough of Queens with between 600 and 700 people on board, went off the tracks after it failed to come to a full stop on time.

It was the New York metropolitan area's second major rail accident since late September.

The following are some recent U.S. passenger train and commuter ferry crashes:

September 29, 2016: A New Jersey Transit train plowed into a terminal in Hoboken in September, killing a woman standing on the platform and injuring 114 people, including the engineer.

Going at 21 miles per hour (34 kph), twice the normal speed limit, the train brought down portions of the roof and scattered debris over the concourse.

A lawyer for the engineer revealed that the operator of the train had been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, a condition that causes drowsiness. NJ Transit later announced that it would no longer allow trains to be operated by engineers with uncontrollable sleep apnea.

October 8, 2016: A Long Island Rail Road commuter train derailed near New Hyde Park, New York, injuring up to 29 people when a passenger train struck a work train.

April 3, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from New York hit a backhoe performing maintenance on the tracks in Chester, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, killing the two men working with the construction equipment and resulting in 41 people going to hospitals. A National Transportation Safety Board report determined the men had a right to drive the backhoe on the tracks at the time.

May 2015: An Amtrak passenger train derailed in Philadelphia after entering a curve at 106 miles per hour (171 km per hour), more than twice the recommended 50-mile-per-hour (80 km-per-hour) speed, killing eight passengers and sending 185 others to hospitals. The locomotive and seven passenger cars went off the rails.

February 2015: A Metro-North train collided with a sport utility vehicle at a railroad crossing in the New York suburb of Valhalla. The collision killed five train passengers and the SUV's driver as hundreds of feet of electrified rail skewered the train's first two carriages.

December 2013: A Metro-North train derailed in New York City's Bronx borough, killing four people and injuring at least 61. The National Transportation Safety Board said that at the time of the accident the driver of the train had an undiagnosed sleep disorder. The seven-car train had been traveling at 82 miles per hour before entering the 30-mile-per-hour (48 kph) curved section where it crashed. The driver applied the brakes seconds before impact.

May 2013: An eastbound Metro-North commuter train derailed, then collided with a westbound Metro-North train in Bridgeport, Connecticut, injuring at least 65 people.

January 2013: A high-speed, privately operated passenger ferry traveling from New Jersey to New York struck a pier in Manhattan, seriously injuring four people and resulting in minor injuries for 75 passengers and one deckhand.

June 2009: A Washington, D.C., Metro subway train struck the rear of another Metro train stopped ahead of it in the nation's capital, killing the running train's operator and eight passengers, and sending 52 people to hospitals.

September 2008: A Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific Railroad freight train in Chatsworth, a suburb of Los Angeles, resulting in 25 deaths, including the commuter train's engineer. The force of the collision caused the Metrolink's locomotive to telescope into the lead passenger coach by 52 feet (19 metres). More than 100 injured people were taken to area hospitals.

January 2005: A Metrolink commuter train hit an unoccupied vehicle near a grade crossing in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, derailing and then colliding with a Union Pacific freight train, which was tied down on a siding. Eleven people were killed and more than 100 injured.

October 2003: A New York City-operated ferry carrying commuters from Manhattan to Staten Island struck a maintenance pier on Staten Island, killing 10 passengers and injuring 70. An 11th passenger died two months later of from injuries sustained.

Sources: Reuters, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, U.S. Surface Transportation Board, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Compiled by Gina Cherelus and Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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