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China: Design Flaws, Lax Safety Standards to Blame for July Train Crash

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials have blamed lax safety standards and design flaws for the deadly crash of a bullet train in July. The accident sparked widespread anger over the condition of the country’s public transit system. Forty people were killed when the train traveling in the eastern province of Zhejiang crashed into another train that had stalled […]

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Afghanistan Opens First Major Train Service

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan operators ran the first train down Afghanistan’s first major railroad Wednesday, paving the way for expanding trade in and out of the landlocked country. Deputy Public Works Minister Noor Gul Mangal said the cargoless train arrived in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif after a 75-kilometer trial run from the border with Uzbekistan. The Asian […]

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Nuclear Waste Enters Germany, Sparking Protests

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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German police fired water cannons on anti-nuclear protesters Friday in Germany as a train carrying nuclear waste made its way closer to a controversial storage site. Protesters blocked the road with large tree branches and lit flares on the road near the railroad track. Police in riot gear followed in an armored personnel carrier clearing […]

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French Nuclear Waste Train Enters Germany

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A French train carrying 11 containers of reprocessed nuclear waste entered Germany Friday on its way to a storage site. French authorities had stopped the train Thursday before it reached the German border, in hopes of avoiding protests over the radioactive material headed for storage in the northeastern German city of Gorleben. Protesters have maintained […]

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France Stops Nuclear Waste Train Headed For Germany

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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French authorities have stopped a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste to Germany before it reached the border, in hopes of avoiding protests over the radioactive material headed for storage in the northeastern city of Gorleben. The train was late leaving the Areva nuclear reprocessing facility near Normandy on Wednesday because police clashed with hundreds of […]

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German Train Hits Car, At Least 20 Injured

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A regional train in eastern Germany derailed after crashing into an automobile Tuesday, injuring more than 20 people, at least six seriously. The auto hit by the train was pushed onto the tracks by the vehicle behind it, but the driver managed to escape before impact with the train. The accident near Leipzig, south of […]

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Human Error Suspected in India Train Crash

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indian railway officials say human error may be to blame for Tuesday’s collision between two passenger trains that killed nine people and injured nearly 100 others. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred at a train station near the port city of Chennai in southern India. Southern Railway General Manager Deepak […]

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Train Accident in India Kills at Least 5

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Two trains have collided in southern India, killing at least 5 people and injuring at least 30 others. Police say the accident occurred Tuesday near the port city of Chennai, when one train slammed into another one that was stopped at a signal point. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Pakistan: At Least 2 Dead in Lahore Train Collision

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say at least two people were killed following a collision between two trains in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday. Local media reports say the accident happened when a passenger train coming from Karachi struck a Lahore-bound train that had made an unscheduled stop after hitting a young boy. Officials say at […]

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Indonesian Police Foil Attempted Train Hijack

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Indonesia say they have arrested two men who allegedly tried to hijack a train headed for Jakarta from the east on the island of Java. Authorities said the incident took place early Saturday when three men on the train threatened the engineer. Reports did not elaborate on where the men wanted the train […]


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