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An investigation into serious and systemic failures on the nation's commuter rail lines that the rail industry and the Federal Railroad Administration have ignored for 20 years, failures which have led directly to death, injury, and large scale property loss. ABC documented engineers so tired from overnight split shifts that they were falling asleep at the throttle, passenger cars turning into deathtraps from which passengers could not escape because of unmarked emergency exits and hidden emergency door releases that literally required a screwdriver or dime to be opened and used in the event of a crash. (May 22, 1996)
American Journal investigates railroad safety and discovers unsafe train tracks across America, even in places where accidents have happened before. Journalists walked the tracks in five states with certified track inspectors. In just about every location, the inspectors found serious defects that could lead to derailments. (May 16, 1996)
Between 1990 and 1995 Ohio had more car-train crashes than all but three other states--Texas, Illinois and Indiana. An in-depth look at Ohio's highway-railroad crossings discovers that Ohio's population and economy make the state particularly prone to car-train collisions. People are being killed while red tape slows the installation of gates and lights at dangerous crossings. (May 12 - 14, 1996)
KPTV-TV (Portland) broadcasts a documentary on hearing loss among railroad employees; the companies knowingly exposed workers to dangerous levels of noise and forbade the use of ear plugs; since the story ran, railroad workers with hearing loss have been suing the company, and the industry is trying to repeal the law that makes that possible, July 19, 1990.