train http://kgou.org en Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash http://kgou.org/post/conductor-deadly-spanish-train-crash-was-phone-court-says The driver of a Spanish train that derailed and killed 79 people was speaking on the phone and had taken the train to nearly twice the speed allowed on the stretch of track where the crash occurred, according to court investigators who reviewed the train's "black box" recorders.<p>After reaching speeds of 119 miles per hour, train conductor Francisco Jose Garzon Amo tried to slow the train down "seconds before the crash," according to an Associated Press report on the court's preliminary findings, which were released Tuesday.<p>Amo was speaking on the phone with staff members of the state rail Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 10632 at http://kgou.org Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash ODOT: Passenger Rail Expansion "Distant" http://kgou.org/post/odot-passenger-rail-expansion-distant <h5 style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0.5em; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 19.488636016845703px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 19.488636016845703px;">Passenger railway travel between Oklahoma City and Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Wichita Kansas may be a distant possibility, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials.</span></h5><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: small; li Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:38:13 +0000 eCapitol & Christie Southern 10615 at http://kgou.org ODOT: Passenger Rail Expansion "Distant" Poor Eyesight Probable Cause Of Oklahoma Train Crash http://kgou.org/post/poor-eyesight-probable-cause-oklahoma-train-crash <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Federal officials say a train driver's failing eyesight was the probable cause of a fiery train crash that killed three people in the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: red;">Oklahoma <span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Panhandle last year.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Dr. Mary Pat McKay told the National Transportation Safety Board that the driver’s eyesight fluctuated from day to day and he couldn’t always distinguish red, green and yellow lights.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">“This was a very bright, sunny clear day,” McKay says. “He may have had difficulty telling which of the lights were illuminated.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:26:03 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 8070 at http://kgou.org Poor Eyesight Probable Cause Of Oklahoma Train Crash Mayors Back Passenger Rail Extension To Kansas http://kgou.org/post/mayors-back-passenger-rail-extension-kansas <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Supporters of passenger rail service through Wichita are joining forces with officials in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;and Missouri.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:56:47 +0000 Associated Press 5764 at http://kgou.org Mayors Back Passenger Rail Extension To Kansas