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Deadliest commuter train crashes in the US since 2000

A timeline of the deadliest train crashes of the 21st century so far.
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    A man walks past a commuter train wreck on January 26, 2005 in Glendale, California|Getty Images

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    Firefighters search for survivors in the wreckage of a Metrolink commuter train that |Getty Images

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    Rescue workers respond to the site of two Metro trains that collided with one anothe|Getty Images

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    Cranes lift the derailed train wagons near the Spuyteh Duyvil station on December 2, |Getty Images

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    Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers and police investigate a Metro-No|Getty Images

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    Investigators and first responders work near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger trai|Getty Images

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    Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 on April 3|Getty Images

On Thursday, one person was killed and more than 100 injured when a train crashed in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Since 2000, there have been at least nine fatal commuter train crashes in the United States.

April 18, 2002 — Crescent City, Florida

Four people were killed and 142 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in an area near Crescent City, Florida.

Jan. 26, 2005 — Glendale, California

A Metrolink commuter train struck a Jeep Cherokee that was parked on the railroad tracks and left unattended. The train derailed and crashed into a northbound train and then into a freight train nearby, resulting in 11 fatalities.

Sept. 12, 2008 — Chatsworth, California

A Metrolink commuter train collided with a Union Pacific freight train, killing 25 and injuring more than 100.

June 22, 2009 — Washington, D.C.

A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority commuter train crashed into the rear of a train that was stopped near the Fort Totten station on the Red Line. Nine people were killed and dozens were injured.

June 24, 2011 — Churchill County, Nevada

A commercial truck struck an Amtrak passenger train at a crossing. Four passengers, the train conductor and the truck driver were all killed as a result of the crash.

Dec. 1, 2013 — Bronx, New York

Four people were killed and at least 61 were injured when a Metro North train heading to Grand Central Station derailed. The train was traveling at 82 miles per hour when it approached the curve just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station.

Feb. 3, 2015 — Valhalla, New York

Six people were killed when a Metro North train struck an SUV at a crossing.

May 12, 2015 — Philadelphia, PA

Eight people were killed and more than 200 people were injured when an Amtrak train heading to New York from Washington derailed as it was going around a curve at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

April 3, 2016 — Chester, PA

Two Amtrak construction workers were killed and 41 passengers were injured when an Amtrak train slammed into a backhoe that was on the tracks.

September 29, 2016 — Hoboken, New Jersey

At least one person was killed and more than 100 were injured when a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken Terminal station during morning rush hour.

 

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