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Rick Shapiro

Former Survivor Contestant Killed on the Job in Railroad Accident

There is sad news for fans of the “Survivor” television series.  Caleb Bankston a contestant on the show in 2013 was crushed between two railroad cars.  He was an engineer for the Alabama Warrior Railway.  While checking on something between […]

Rick Shapiro

Commonwealth Confidential – Why Is Virginia Keeping Oil Train Travel Info Secret?

The U.S. Department of Transportation determined that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information and should be released to state officials. This decision was made after big railroads like CSX, BNSF Railways, and Union Pacific sought […]

Rick Shapiro

Amtrak Passengers Injured in Collision With Truck Near Private Crossing

Four passengers suffered injuries of varying severity when the Amtrak train on which they were riding collided with a tree-trimming  truck and its attached wood chipper near a private crossing in Berlin, Connecticut (CT). The driver of the truck also […]

Patrick Austin

Environmental Impact Report of Virginia Avenue Tunnel Construction Issued, Safety Concerns Partially Addressed

[Source] An environmental impact report was recently issued, discussing the ramifications for the reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington D.C. Owned and maintained by CSX, the railroad company aims to reconstruct the tunnel and add a second set […]

Patrick Austin

Oil Refiners Lobby Maintains that DOT-111 Oil Tankers Are Ok to Ship Crude Oil

Manufacturers and operators of the US fleet of DOT-111 tank cars argue that these cars are perfectly safe to ship crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. A consensus has been emerging in recent months that these […]

Rick Shapiro

James River Accident Results in Death of Two Boaters

What likely began as a fun weekend boating trip turned tragic when two men died after a boat overturned in the James River near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News. The boat involved in this tragic incident was a […]

Patrick Austin

NTSB Investigating Virginia Crude Oil Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is taking charge of the investigation of an oil train on April 30 that was hauling crude oil through Lynchburg, Virginia (VA). However, it will be many months before any conclusions are reached and […]

Rick Shapiro

CSX Oil-Train Derails in Lynchburg – Raises Questions About Crude Oil Transport

A CSX Corp train was carrying crude oil when it derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The derailed cars wound up  spilling oil into the James River and forced 300-350 Lynchburg residents to evacuate. The CSX train […]

Jim Lewis

Mechanical Failure Suspected in Virginia Plane Crash That Injured 2

Shortly after a small plane crashed just yards from a house in Louisa County, Virginia (VA), on the night of April 11, 2014, officials reported that mechanical failure likely brought down the Cessna U206G Stationair. The pilot and passenger aboard […]

Rick Shapiro

I-95 Commercial Bus Crash in Stafford County – Oversight Needed on Bus Driver Hiring?

At least four people suffered serious injuries after a commercial bus overturned on Interstate 95 (I-95) in Stafford County, Virginia (VA). The bus reportedly overturned on its side in the southbound lanes between Stafford and Fredericksburg. There were 54 passengers […]