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September 12 2022: U. S. Nationwide

Railroads in the U. S. stopped accepting shipments of hazardous and other security-sensitive materials due to the looming threat of a strike Friday the 16th of September. A major national railroad, Union Pacific, whose operations would be stopped by a strike, said it was being done to “protect employees, customers, and the communities we serve.” A statement from the railroad’s trade group said they needed follow federal rules to “ensure that no such cargo is left on an unattended or unsecured train.” The unions that represent the members of those threatening to go on strike say the railroad’s new restrictions are designed to “put pressure on Congress to block the unions from walking out,” adding the move was “completely unnecessary” and “no more than corporate extortion.” As we went to press, Amtrak had begun cancelling all long-distance trains as the strike loomed.

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24 August 2022: The English Channel

A Le Shuttle incident began when the train’s alarms went off. Passengers were left stranded for several hours inside the Channel Tunnel when the train from Calais to Folkestone broke down. In footage that emerged later, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle passengers were shown being evacuated through an emergency service tunnel after having to abandon their vehicles. Eventually, the passengers were transferred to a replacement train and taken to the Folkestone terminal in Kent. A Eurotunnel spokesman said services were now back to normal however the incident was being investigated. “The Shuttle was brought to a controlled stop and inspected. As a precautionary measure, for their safety and comfort, we transferred the passengers on-board to another shuttle, via the service tunnel [which is there for exactly that purpose],” a spokesman for the enterprise said.

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27 June 2022: Brentwood, California

Three people died and two others were seriously injured when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Brentwood, California, over the weekend according to the East Contra Costa Fire Department. The two people who were wounded (one was a child), suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital, according to officials.

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28 June 2022: Mendon, Missouri

Three people died and another 50 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed after hitting a dump truck in Missouri, authorities said. Cpl. Justin Dunn, a spokesperson for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, told reporters that two of the people who were killed were aboard the train while the third was in a dump truck that the train struck. Amtrak said the train collided with the dump truck at a public crossing near the city of Mendon. Authorities said the incident happened at an intersection that did not have warning lights or motion gates. A gravel road crosses the railroad tracks southwest of town at that intersection. Eight cars and two locomotives left the track, “after striking a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri,” company officials said in a statement. The train was en route to Chicago. “Saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries in the Missouri train derailment today & Northern California collision over the weekend,” Pete Buttigieg, U. S. secretary of transportation, tweeted. Federal Railroad Administration staff and the NTSB will be on site to investigate. It was the second train accident in two days in which an Amtrak train hit a passenger vehicle.

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24 August 2022: Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine

Twenty-two people were killed on Wednesday 24 August in an attack on the Chaplyne train station in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. “Chaplyne is our pain today,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky. “As of this moment, there are 22 dead, five of them burned in the car, a teenager died, he was 11 years old, a Russian rocket destroyed his house. Search and rescue operations at the railway station continue. We will definitely make the occupiers answer for everything they have done. And we will certainly throw out the invaders from our land,” he said.

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29 March 2022: Kaduna, Nigeria

An attack on a passenger train, the second since October happened on 29 March. Armed rebels in the northeast and bandits who have kidnapped hundreds for ransom in the center and northwest parts of the country have left the population scared. Nigerian government officials said a passenger train headed left Abuja headed to the northern city of Kaduna was trapped and attacked by armed bandits. The attackers reportedly planted explosives to halt the train, forced their way on board and gunshots were reported. The NRC suspended operations on Abuja-Kaduna route temporarily.

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8 June 2022: Tabas, Iran

A train derailed in eastern Iran, killing 21 people and injuring 87 more, according to reports. The train was part of state-run Islamic Republic Railway and was carrying around 350 people when it derailed near the town of Tabas, 340 miles southeast of Tehran, on its way to the city of Yazd. That route began as an overnight train out of Iran’s holy city of Mashhad. Rescue teams including ambulances and helicopters arrived at the crash site which is remote. Aerial footage of the disaster showed train cars toppled over, with rescuers trying to care for the injured.

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3 June 2022: Burgrain District, Germany

A train derailment ina Bavarian Alpine resort in southern Germany killed five and injured 30. Rescuers used ladders to reach passengers who became trapped. “In the serious train accident, as of 3:32 pm (1532 GMT), four people were fatally injured,” a police statement said. The train was “very crowded and many people were using it, hence the high number of injure,” according to Stefan Sonntag of Upper Bavaria’s police force. The train departed Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Munich, when the accident took place. The operator, Deutsche Bahn, has not yet determined the cause of the accident.

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8 April 2022: Kramatorsk, Ukraine

A Russian attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine has killed as many as 50 people according to sources inside Ukraine. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration released a statement on Telegram. The people killed were civilians waiting to evacuate the area to safety. Krylenko’s statement says the Iskander missile contained cluster munitions. Independent verification is forthcoming, reports say. Photos posted by Krylenko show heavy smoke coming from the station, fire, bodies and debris including abandoned luggage at the station.“This is an evil that has no limits,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a separate statement. “And if it is not punished it will never stop.” He also said rescue workers were on the scene and more than 100 people were injured.