Railroad Destruction of Evidence

Listed below are the New York Times articles regarding railroad evidence destruction. The railroads were sanctioned by various federal and state courts for destroying evidence in connection with crossing accident lawsuits.

It is crucial that an injured railroad employee and his coworkers take all steps to preserve any relevant evidence. DO NOT TRUST THE RAILROAD TO PRESERVE EVIDENCE FOR YOU. If you are injured, the railroad will immediately begin working to reduce the value of your claim.

The articles are available as Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf format). You can view photographs and the entire series of NY Times articles at the "Death on the Tracks" website.

In Deaths at Rail Crossings, Missing Evidence and Silence

By WALT BOGDANICH, Jenny Nordberg contributed reporting for this article. Tom Torok contributed data analysis and reporting. Eric Koli contributed reporting from San Francisco.

Some railroads sidestep their responsibility in fatalities caused by crossing accidents, a seven-month Times investigation has found. (July 11, 2004)

A Crossing Crash Unreported and a Family Broken by Grief

By WALT BOGDANICH, Jenny Nordberg contributed reporting for this article. Eric Koli contributed research

In 1997, Hilary Feaster was killed at a railroad crossing. Two boys were killed at the same crossing four years before, but the railroad had never reported the accident. (July 12, 2004)

Amtrak Pays Millions for Others' Fatal Errors

By WALT BOGDANICH, Claire Hoffman, Eric Koli and Jenny Nordberg contributed reporting for this article

In accident after accident, freight railroads have used Amtrak to shield themselves from tens of millions of dollars in liability. (Oct. 15, 2004)

For Railroads and the Safety Overseer, Close Ties

By WALT BOGDANICH, Jenny Nordberg contributed reporting for this article

Has a close relationship to the railroad industry dulled the Federal Railroad Administration's enforcement edge? (Nov. 7, 2004)

Safety Group Closely Echoes Rail Industry

By WALT BOGDANICH, Jenny Nordberg and Eric Koli contributed reporting for this article

Documents show that the nation's most influential rail-safety group is tightly bound to the railroad industry. (Nov. 14, 2004)

Questions Raised on Warnings at Rail Crossings

By WALT BOGDANICH, Jenny Nordberg, Jo Craven McGinty and Tom Torok contributed reporting for this article

An examination of reported signal malfunctions in the railroad industry indicates that they may constitute a wide problem.(Dec. 30, 2004)

Oversight Is Spotty on Rail-Crossing Safety Projects

By WALT BOGDANICH and JENNY NORDBERG

When Missouri state auditors set out to learn if railroads were prudently spending government money to install warning signals, they found more than a few problems.(Feb. 18, 2005)