Some recent passenger train accidents in the United States:
April 23, 2002: A freight train plows head-on into a Metrolink commuter train in Placentia, Calif., during the morning rush hour, killing two people and injuring about 260.
April 18, 2002: An Amtrak Auto Train derails at Crescent City, Fla., killing four and injuring more than 150
March 17, 2001: An Amtrak train carrying 210 people from Chicago to California derails in rural southwest Iowa, killing one passenger and injuring about 90 others.
Feb. 5, 2001: An Amtrak train collides with a freight train on the same track in Syracuse, N.Y., injuring 61 people.
Nov. 4, 2000: An Amtrak train derails after hitting a truck near Moorpark, Calif., killing the truck driver and injuring about 30 people on the train.
March 15, 2000: An Amtrak train derails alongside a cornfield near Carbondale, Kan., injuring 29 passengers.
Sept. 20, 1999: An Amtrak train rear-ends a freight train in a rail yard in Cumberland, Md., injuring 37 people.
March 15, 1999: An Amtrak train hits a truck and derails near Bourbonnais, Ill., killing 13 people and injuring more than 100.
June 18, 1998: A Chicago-bound commuter train slams into a tractor-trailer carrying large steel coils in Portage, Ind., hurling one of the coils into a rail car, killing three passengers and injuring four others.