Timeline of Major Train Crashes in the US Since 2000

ABC News took a look at the major train crashes since 2000.

— -- Today's NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, that killed one woman and injured 108 others has become the latest deadly episode in our nation's rail system.

The following list highlights some of the major train crashes in the United States from 2000 until now.

April 18, 2002Traveling from Sanford, Florida, to Lorton, Virginia, and carrying 413 passengers and 33 crew members, Amtrak Auto Train #P052-18 derailed around 5:08 p.m. near Crescent City, Florida. At the time of the derailment, the train was traveling on a CSX track. (CSX is a freight train company.) The train was traveling around a left-hand curve at 56 mph when it derailed, sending 21 of its 40 rail cars off the tracks and resulting in four fatalities, 36 serious injuries and 106 minor injuries. The NTSB concluded that the derailment likely occurred because of a "heat induced track buckle that developed because of inadequate CSX Transportation track-surfacing operations, including misalignment of the curve, insufficient track restraint, and failure to reestablish an appropriate neutral rail temperature."

April 23, 2002Around 8:10 a.m. PT, a freight train collided head-on with a standing Southern California Regional Rail Authority passenger train. Two people died and 162 people were transferred to local hospital as a result of the collision. The NTSB reported that the probable cause for the crash was due to "the freight train crew's inattentiveness to the signal system and their failure to observe, recognize, and act on the approach signal." Additionally, the NTSB said positive train control (PTC) could have prevented the crash.

May 12, 2015Carrying nearly 250 passengers and eight crew members, Amtrak train 188 traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed around 9:21 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The derailment occurred after the train entered the Frankfurt Junction curve at 106 mph, despite the 50 mph speed restriction for that curve. Eight people were killed and more than 180 people were transported to local hospitals. The Amtrak 188 crash and its substantive investigation culminated in an NTSB report that cited the probable cause was due to "the engineer’s acceleration to 106 mph as he entered a curve with a 50 mph speed restriction, due to his loss of situational awareness likely because his attention was diverted to an emergency situation with another train." The NTSB also said in its report that a lack of PTC on this section of the track likely contributed to the accident.