January 4, 2000 – Norway – Åsta accident, Åsta in Åmot: Two diesel passenger trains collided in Rørosbanen killing 19. The fire after the collision lasted nearly six hours.
February 6, 2000 – Germany – Brühl train derailment: The D 203 "Schweiz-Express" train travelling from Amsterdam to Basel negotiates a low speed turnout at three times the correct speed and derails near Brühl station, killing 9 people.
March 2, 2000 – Denmark – Kølkær. Two regional trains heading to Herning and Vejle collided in Kolkær station. The train to Herning had entered the station and was slowing down, when it was hit head-on by the oncoming Vejle train at 116 km/h. 1 passenger in the Herning train and both train drivers were killed, 10 passengers were seriously injured. The investigation concluded that the crash was caused by the driver of the Vejle train, who had completely ignored stop signals.
March 28, 2000 – United States – A school bus failed to stop at a crossbuck in Tennga, GA and drove into the path of an oncoming CSX train and was struck. Multiple injuries and fatalities. Crew suffered emotional trauma/shock due to incident.
June 6, 2000 – Switzerland – A passenger train and a freight train collide at Hüswil. One person was killed.
July 6, 2000 - France - In Paris, France, a Eurostar Train derailed due to a fault on the train track, 6 people were injured.
July 13, 2000 – Canada – A Canadian National train heading westbound pulling grain hoppers hit a semi-trailer that had become stuck at a level crossing west of Wainwright, Alberta. The two locomotives and 28 cars derailed. The train crew suffered only minor injuries after jumping from the train prior to the collision.
August 26, 2000 – United States – A Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern train bound for Central South Dakota was derailed in Brookings, South Dakota, killing the conductor and severely injuring the engineer. The accident was caused intentionally by a vandal who broke the lock off of a railroad switch using a hammer and covering the warning reflector with at least one trash bag. The suspect called it a 'prank.'
October 17, 2000 – United Kingdom – Hatfield rail crash, Hertfordshire: As a GNERLondon to LeedsInterCity 225 express passes at 115 miles per hour (185 km/h), a faulty rail shatters into 300 pieces because of a condition known asrolling contact fatigue. Four people are killed and 102 injured. This rail failure forces the biggest and most expensive re-railing exercise in British history, with huge service disruption for many months. Infrastructure owner Railtrack is found guilty in one of the longest rail-related trials in UK legal history, but manslaughter charges against company managers are not sustained.
February 28, 2001 – United Kingdom – Selby rail crash: A sleep-deprived driver on the M62 motorway falls asleep at the wheel, causing his Land Rover to swerve off the road. It travels down an embankment onto the main line below. After failing to reverse off the track, he exits the vehicle, and while he contacts emergency services, it is hit by a GNERInterCity 225 passenger train, which derails and collides at high speed with a coal train traveling in the opposite direction. 10 people are killed (all due to the second collision) and over 80 are injured. The Land Rover driver is later jailed for 5 years for causing death by dangerous driving.
March 27, 2001 – Belgium – Pécrot rail crash: Two passenger trains collide on the same track. 8 people die and 12 are injured. Lack of common language a factor.
April 12, 2001 – Canada – Stewiacke Via derailment: a teenager tampers with a track switch, derailing Via Rail Canada's Ocean. As many as 22 people are injured in the resulting crash.
May 15, 2001 – United States – CSX 8888 incident,Toledo, Ohio: A CSX freight train of 47 cars, including some with hazardous molten phenol acid, runs away in the yard at Toledo with no engineer aboard. The engineer had stepped out to reset a switch but had improperly applied the dynamic brake, causing the train to accelerate. Multiple locals attempt to jump on and stop it, but chicken out as they see the speed of the train. It runs for 66 miles (106 km) to Kenton, Ohio, before being stopped by a railroad worker who jumps aboard and manages to stop it. CSX had slowed the train down to 10 mph (16 km/h) by coupling an engine onto the end. This incident was dubbed the "Crazy Eights" incident in reference to the lead locomotive's number (#8888). The incident inspired the Tony Scott film Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.
June 21, 2001 – India – Kadalundi train derailment: Six carriages of the Mangalore-Chennai Mail train derail while crossing Bridge 924 after it shifted following heavy rain. Three carriages plunge into the swollen Kadalundi River, killing 59 people.
July 18, 2001 – United States – Howard Street Tunnel fire, Baltimore, Maryland: A 60-car CSX train carrying chemicals and wood products derails in a 1.7-mile-long (2.7 km) tunnel under Baltimore, causing water contamination and a fire that burns for six days.
July 29, 2001 – United States – An Amtrak Texas Eagle carrying 174 passengers and 12 engineers (in 2 locomotives with unknown unit numbers, and 19 Amtrak cars including baggage cars) from San Antonio to Chicago derailed in Sabula, Missouri, located 120 miles away from St. Louis, possibly due to severe weather and flash flooding. Prior to the derailment, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Iron County, where the derailment occurred. 4 passengers and the engineer were reported injured and taken to the hospital.
November 8, 2001 – Russia – A nuclear waste train from Bulgaria crashes at midnight between the Krasnoyarsk and Kemerovo on the Trans-Siberian railway. 14 of the 20 tanker-wagons derail and the line is closed for about 12 hours. One kilometre of track is damaged.
November 15, 2001 – United States – Michigan: Canadian National train E243 running from Flat Rock, MI to Flint, MI collided with another CN train, L533 (bound for Detroit), at the Andersonville Siding on CN's Holly Subdivision. The engineer and conductor on E243 were killed in the accident, and a memorial to them has been erected at Durand Union Station in Durand, MI.
December 7, 2001 — United States – Wyoming: Two BNSF trains collide head-on in Arminto, Wyoming, killing the engineer of the moving train.
December 18, 2001 – Greece – Orestiada: 1 death results when a train becomes stuck in a snow drift and derails at the town of Orestiada, near the Bulgarian border. Temperatures fall to −20°C.
January 18, 2002 – United States – Minot train derailment: A Canadian Pacific train derails at 01:40 CST near a residential area west of Minot. Seven of 15 tank cars rupture, releasing more than 750,000 liters (200,000 US gallons) of anhydrous ammonia which vaporizes in the sub-zero air, forming a toxic cloud that drifts over much of Minot. One man dies and numerous others are treated for chemical exposure.
February 20, 2002 – Egypt – 2002 El Ayyat railway accident: A train packed to double capacity catches fire after a cooking gas cylinder explodes, killing 383 people.
February 21, 2002 – Switzerland – A freight train and a locomotive collide at Chiasso. Two people are killed and three are injured.
27 February 2002 - India - Godhra train burning: A Muslim mob sets fire to a Sabarmati Express train, killing 59 people, mainly Hindu pilgrims and karesvaks returning from Ayodhya. The accident led to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
March 30, 2002 - Spain - In Catalonia, Spain, a Euromed Express Train collides with another Euromed Express Train making many train cars crushed, 2 people were killed and 100 people were injured.
April 18, 2002 – United States – Crescent City, Florida: 21 cars of an Amtrak Auto-Train derail near Crescent City. Four human deaths, 142 injured. The National Transportation Safety Board initial accident report finds that the ECP brakes purchased for the train were not functioning: the final report determines that the accident was caused by a hot-weather "sun kink" misalignment of the track due to inadequate CSX maintenance-of-way, and stated that equipment and track damages totaled about $8.3 million.
April 23, 2002 – United States – [Placentina Train Collision] Placentia, California: A BNSF freight train collides head-on with a Metrolink train in Placentia, near the Atwood Junction, at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Van Buren Street. Two people die in the crash and twenty-two are seriously injured.
May 28, 2002 — United States — A BNSF coal train and intermodal train collided head-on near the small town of Clarendon, Texas, resulting in the death of the engineer of the intermodal train and the injuries of the coal train's crew and the intermodal train's conductor. It was revealed that the coal train's crew was distracted by their cell phones, ultimately causing their train to collide with the intermodal train.
July 29, 2002 – United States – Kensington, Maryland: The eastbound Amtrak Capitol Limited, train 30, while traversing a CSX route, strikes a sun kink at 1:55 PM while traveling at 60 mph (100 km/h) near milepost 11.78. Several cars go down an embankment and four Superliners overturn against trees. 16 people are seriously injured and 79 people suffer from minor injuries. The misalignment was determined to be caused by an improperly tamped ballast and excessive speed in the 96 °F (35 °C) sunny weather. "Slow orders" were imposed on passenger trains in the area on very hot days following this accident.
September 9, 2002 – Germany – Bad Münder: Two freight trains collide head-on after a brake failure on one of the trains. A tank car loaded with 1-chloro-2,3-epoxypropane explodes, contaminating the station and exposing 96 firemen to carcinogenic fumes.
September 27, 2002 – United States – Jamaica, New York: Three cars of a JFK Airtrain test train derail near Federal Circle. The train's lone occupant, a train operator testing the automated equipment, is crushed to death by the cement blocks inside the first car. The cement blocks were used to evenly distribute the weight inside the car, simulating the weight of customers when in passenger service. When the train derailed, the cement blocks collapsed onto the operator.
October 13, 2002 – Australia – Benalla level crossing collision, Victoria: A heritage train hauled by K classsteam locomotive K 183 collides with a B-Double truck that failed to clear the level crossing. The impact causes the locomotive to derail, rolling onto its side, and the locomotive's tender to be forced into the locomotive's cab. Three of the four people in the cab at the time of the collision are killed and one critically injured.
November 6, 2002 – France – Nancy: A fire breaks out in the front two carriages of an overnight sleeper train heading from Paris to Vienna. 12 passengers die of smoke inhalation, 9 are injured.
November 7, 2002 – Denmark – Holte: An empty S-train turning around at Holte did not brake in time and drove into the path of another S-train heading to Køge station. A woman was killed and 3 passengers were injured, 2 more seriously.
January 31, 2003 – Australia – Waterfall rail accident: The driver of a southbound passenger train suffers a heart attack and dies; the train speeds out of control and derails on a curve, overturning several cars; 6 passengers die.
February 3, 2003 – Australia – Broadmeadows train runaway and crash, Melbourne, Victoria: An unmanned electric suburban train rolls away from Broadmeadows station and runs for 16.848 kilometres at speeds in excess of 100 km/h through many pedestrian and level crossings before crashing into a stationary Diesel passenger train at Southern Cross station derailing both. No serious injuries result from this incident.
February 18, 2003 – South Korea – Daegu subway fire: A mentally ill man starts a fire which engulfs two subway trains, killing 192 people.
July 2, 2003 – India – Warangal train crash: 22 people die when a train's brakes fail and it falls off a bridge into a crowded fish market in Warangal.
July 7, 2003 – United Kingdom – Between Evesham and Pershore, Worcestershire, a First Great Western train collides with a minibus on a level crossing, killing 3 people in the minibus.
August 3, 2003 – United Kingdom – A Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway steam train hits a car driven across the level crossing. Steam train driver dies, car driver with passenger and some train passengers are injured.
August 7, 2003 – Switzerland – Two trains collide at Gsteigwiler. One person is killed and 63 are injured.
October 12, 2003 – United States – Chicago, Illinois: A Metra train carrying 350 passengers derails after its engineer ignores warning signals telling him to slow down for a track change and continues travelling at 73 miles per hour (117 km/h) over a 10-mile-per-hour (16 km/h) switch. Front locomotive rolls onto its side and catches fire. 45 injured. The engineer is not terminated and continues to work for Metra. This occurs in the same spot and for the same reasons as the 2005 Metra crash.
October 14, 2003 – Ireland – Cahir, County Tipperary. A freight train derails as it is passing over the River Suir, destroying the viaduct. The line is closed until September 2004.
February 15, 2004 – United Kingdom – Tebay rail accident, Cumbria, England. A sleeper (railroad tie) transporter trolley with defective brakes carrying 16 tonnes of rails becomes detached from a maintenance train south of Penrith and rolls down the falling gradient until it strikes and kills 4 workmen in a team repairing the line at Tebay, between Oxenholme and Penrith. The owner of the sleeper transporter truck (a contractor working for Network Rail) is prosecuted.
February 18, 2004 – Iran – Nishapur train disaster: 51 train cars break loose from their siding, roll down the track, derail and roll down an embankment into Khayyam, near Nishapur. During the cleanup operation, the cargo of the cars explode (an equivalent of 180 tons of TNT), killing 295 people and leveling Khayyam and damaging three nearby towns. The blast is felt as far away as Mashhad.
February 21, 2004 – Denmark – Tommerup Stationsby: An intercity train travelling to Copenhagen was travelling at 150 km/h when its rear wheels came off the tracks at Tommerup station, due to a broken rail. It was later revealed that the Banestyrelsen had studied the rail tracks in the area 2 years before, and had found that some tracks in the area were up to 33 years old.
April 16, 2004 – Turkey – Temelli: An overnight İzmir-to-Ankara express hits a truck in Temelli, near Ankara, as it crosses a level crossing. 7 to 10 children die and 2 to 5 more are injured according to various reports at the time.
April 22, 2004 – North Korea – Ryongchon disaster: 161 people killed and more than 1000 injured when an explosion takes place.
May 19, 2004 – United States – near Gunter, Texas: One person dies and four are injured when a BNSF train fails to adhere to an after-arrival track warrant and collides with another train.
June 1, 2004 – Denmark – Holstebro: Two regional trains enter the same track and collide head-on. 24 people were injured, 2 more seriously injured.
June 17, 2004 – India – Karanjadi train crash: 20 people die and 100 are injured when 10 carriages fall off a bridge during a monsoon-induced landslide.
June 28, 2004 – United States – Macdona, Texas, near San Antonio: 4 people die and 51 are injured when a Union Pacific train fails to stop at a signal and collides with another train, causing lethal chlorine gas to leak out of a train car. The UP driver and two local residents living near the tracks die. Several other residents and many visiting an area SeaWorld theme park are injured seriously by the gas.
September 10, 2004 – Sweden – Nosaby level crossing disaster: A heavy truck is caught between the barriers at a level crossing, and is hit by a passenger train. The 2 drivers die, 47 people are injured. The truck driver was found guilty of not attempting to move the vehicle away from the level crossing, and was sentenced to 14 months' imprisonment.
3 November 2004 - United States - In DC, Virginia at Woodley Park train station 2 dc metro train collided, 20 people were injured.
November 11, 2004 – United States – San Antonio, Texas: A Union Pacific train derails off the tracks in an industrial district, killing one man working in a warehouse office and injuring others.
November 15, 2004 – Australia – Cairns Tilt Train derailment: The world's fastest narrow-gauge train derails at 112 km/h. No one is killed or permanently injured. The accident is blamed on the train travelling too fast on a curved line.
November 29, 2004 – United States – Zephyrhills, Florida: Two CSX freight trains collide in early morning fog at Vitis Junction, killing one and injuring three.
January 6, 2005 – United States – Graniteville train crash: 9 people (including the engineer) died and 250+ were injured when a 42-car Norfolk Southern freight train collided head-on with a parked local freight train near the Avondale Mills plant in Graniteville. 16 cars (including a tank car that ruptured 90 tons of chlorine gas into the air) derailed in the accident, leading to the 9 deaths and 250+ injuries. The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was the failure of the local freight's crew members to realign the switch for mainline operations.
January 17, 2005 – Thailand – an empty MRT (Bangkok) train returning to the depot collided with another train filled with passengers at the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station. 140 people were hurt, most of whom sustained only minor injuries, and the entire Metro network was shut down for two weeks. More at MRT accident
January 26, 2005 – United States – 2005 Glendale train crash: In a planned suicide attempt in which the suspect changes his mind, a southbound Metrolink double-deck commuter train collides with the man's vehicle that he has driven onto the tracks and then abandoned. The southbound train derails, then strikes both a moving northbound Metrolink train on the adjacent track as well as a parked Union Pacific freight train on a siding. 11 people die, about 100 injured.
February 9, 2005 – Latvia – A Lielvarde-Riga passenger train collides with empty stock heading for Riga train depot, killing four people and injuring 32. Official report states that the conductor had missed the red signal.
February 14, 2005 — United States – Oxnard, California. An AmtrakPacific Surfliner passenger train traveling from Los Angeles Union Station collided with a semi-truck loaded with strawberries at the Rice Avenue grade crossing. The truck driver, who had stopped at the crossing, suddenly encountered a green traffic light that conflicted the crossing gates coming down. This confused the driver, who started crossing the tracks then, but the traffic light suddenly turned red after a few seconds, making the truck driver stop without realising that the rest of her truck was still on the tracks. The train was traveling too fast to stop in time and completely destroyed the truck's trailer, severely damaging the locomotive and spilling diesel fuel at the crash site. No one was killed, but a few passengers of the train had minor injuries.
February 14, 2005 – Denmark – Lyngby: An S-train to Høje Tåstrup runs into a stopped S-train which was heading for Køge at 60–70 km/h. 2 passengers and a driver were seriously injured. Snow which had settled on the signals made them difficult to read, meaning the train could not be stopped in time.
February 28, 2005 – Sweden – Ledsgard. A chlorine tanker train derails due to brake failure after they were wrongly set to "empty". The line was closed for 2 weeks.
March 11, 2005 -United States – Rochelle, Illinois: A collision took place between a Loram rail grinding work train, and a BNSF transportation freight train. The accident occurred at the at-grade crossing of Union Pacific and BNSF tracks.
April 21, 2005 – India – Vadodara train crash: Collision between freight and passenger express train; 18 people die.
April 25, 2005 – Japan – Amagasaki rail crash: A train derails on sharp curve and smashes into an apartment building. 107 people die, 549 are injured. Investigation shows the driver (who was among the dead) was speeding because of a slight delay.
May 5, 2005 – United States – Galt, Illinois: A Union Pacific train derails and destroys the 140-foot (43 m) Transcontinental mainline bridge at Elkhorn creek.
May 19, 2005 – Indonesia – Bandar Lampung: A passenger train from Palembang crashes into another passenger train at Bandar Lampung station and derails. 7 children die and just under 200 were injured. Human error is blamed for the accident and many of the dead are passengers clinging on to the sides of the Palembang train. The Indonesian government begins a crackdown on people clinging on to the exteriors of trains as a means of travel.
June 16, 2005 – Russia – Between Zubtsov and Aristovo in Tver Oblast, 27 of 60 fuel oil tankers bound from Moscow to Riga derail at a speed of about 70 km/h (43 mph), about 300 tonnes of fuel leaks. 641 metres (2,103 ft) of track are destroyed and the Volga River was contaminated briefly. The crash was blamed on poor track maintenance.
July 10, 2005 – United States – Anding, Mississippi: Two Canadian National freight trains collide head-on after the northbound train fails to stop at a red light. Both crews die upon impact.
July 10, 2005 – United Kingdom – A Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway steam train hits a car driven across a level crossing. Steam train driver dies, car driver and train passengers are uninjured.
July 13, 2005 – Pakistan – 2005 Ghotki rail crash: A chain reaction accident caused by one train missing a signal and colliding into another results in three trains crashed and over 150 people dead.
July 26, 2005 – Austria – Gramatneusiedl: passenger train of the ÖBB crashes into a cargo train, injuring 13 people.
July 31, 2005 – China – Shenyang: A train from Xi'an to Changchun passes a sabotaged railway signal and collides with a freight train, killing 5 passengers. Officials state that some wiring was stolen from a nearby signal box causing the signal to malfunction.
August 1, 2005 – Greece – Kilkis: a truck driver is struck by a train on a crossing and dies. The driver ignored crossing warnings.
August 2, 2005 – United States – Raleigh, North Carolina. Two people are killed when their truck is hit by an Amtrak train. The driver bypassed safety barriers.
September 17, 2005 – United States – Chicago, Illinois: A Metra commuter train traveling into Chicago derails, killing two and injuring 83.
October 3, 2005 – India – Datia rail accident: 100 die when a train travelling at six times the speed limit derails.
October 15, 2005 – United States – Texarkana, Arkansas, Union Pacific train rear-ends another train, derailing and puncturing a tank car containing propylene. The leak reaches an ignition source at a nearby house, causing a massive explosion and subsequent fire. A 1-mile (1.6 km) radius is evacuated, and one resident is killed.
October 26, 2005 – South Africa – The passenger train Shosholoza Meyl collides head-on with the stationary Blue Train at Deelfontein station just outside De Aar in the Northern Cape. Both trains derail. The Blue Train has much more damage than the Shosholoza Meyl. This particular set of the Blue Train (there are two sets) stayed out of service for the next two years.
October 29, 2005 – India – Veligonda train disaster: At least 114 people die and many more are injured when part of the track is swept away by a flood, causing a train to derail.
November 23, 2005 – Turkey – At 6.30 am a train hits a truck on a level crossing between Tarsus and Mersin. 9 people die and 18 are injured.
December 25, 2005 – Japan – Shonai, Yamagata: According to Japanese Railroad official and NTV report, all 6 cars of Akita–NiigataInaho express train derail and three passenger cars are crushed, 5 people die and 32 are injured. Strong winter winds are thought to be the cause.
January 6, 2006 – United States – Possum Point, Virginia: A broken CSX rail causes Virginia Railway Express Train #304 to derail at Possum Point. The last 3 of the 6 cars derailed but did not fall over. NTSB finds that CSX failed to post speed restrictions and repair/replace the track in a timely fashion. There are only a few minor injuries.
January 29, 2006 – Pakistan – A broken rail causes a derailment near Jhelum in the Punjab, killing 2 people and injuring 29. Poor maintenance is officially being cited as cause of the accident; sabotage is suspected by some authorities. The government inquiry later blames defective and aging rails.
March 13, 2006 – United States – Austin, Texas: Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, the reigning Miss Deaf Texas, is killed by the snowplow on a 65-car Union Pacific freight train while trespassing on the tracks and text-messaging her parents. The train sounds its horn repeatedly and attempts to apply the emergency brakes but did not stop in time.
April 5, 2006 – United States – Indian Orchard, Massachusetts: Patrick Deans, 18, high-school football player, is struck and killed by a CSX freight train while trespassing on the tracks. Two CSX trains are passing at the time. Patrick escapes one train and is struck by the other.
April 15, 2006 – Indonesia – Gubug, Java: 13 people die and 26 are injured as two trains collide and wreckage falls into a paddy field. One Swiss man is among the injured. Human error by the driver is officially blamed.
June 14, 2006 – United States – Kismet, California. The Kismet Train Collision: Two BNSF freight trains collide head-on due to one of the trains running a red signal. 5 people were injured. One of the train's crews, the one that ran the red, is suspected to be high on cocaine. There was a camera on board one of the locomotives involved in the collision; the Federal Railroad Administration, who investigated the crash instead of the National Transportation Safety Board as usual, released the video of the collision which is widely available on YouTube and related sites. All but one of the locomotives involved, despite heavy damage and being near-totalled, were repaired and returned to service after the accident.
October 9, 2006 - United States – Cactus train collision: A BNSF coal train is accidentally switched to a siding with 54 freight cars on it. The footage is widely available on YouTube and other related sites, much like the Kismet train collision.
October 11, 2006 – France – Zoufftgen train collision: Passenger and freight trains collide head-on at Zoufftgen, Moselle, close to the Luxembourg border. 5 people die, including the drivers of both trains, and 20 are injured. The accident is ascribed to human error in the controlling signalling centre in Luxembourg.
October 17, 2006 – Italy – 2006 Rome metro crash: Two metro trains collide at Rome's Vittorio Emanuele metro station, killing at least one person and injuring around 60.
November 20, 2006 – India – 2006 West Bengal train explosion: A train traveling between New Jalpaiguri and Haldiburi in West Bengal explodes, killing five people and injuring 25 to 66. Terrorism is suspected.
November 24, 2006 – Croatia – Drniš: HŽICN tilting train number 521 collides with a lorry loaded with Knauf cement boards at the railroad crossing that is not equipped with ramp or warning lights. Train engineer dies instantly, the lorry driver sustains severe injuries and survives. Train composition suffers major damage and is subsequently written off the Croatian Railways' rolling stock.
November 30, 2006 – United States – North Baltimore, Ohio: 15 cars carrying steel derail when the train inadvertently switches to a side track. These cars then impact a coal train on a parallel set of tracks, causing four of its cars to also derail. The PUCO blames the accident on a chain hanging from one of the rolling stock, which engaged a switch handle on the tracks, causing a shift of the rails. Three people who were in vehicles waiting for the train to pass are injured as a result of the accident, none seriously.
December 1, 2006 – India – Bihar, Bhágalpur: In the Ganges a portion of the 150-year-old 'Ulta Pul' bridge being dismantled collapses over a passing train of India's Eastern Railways, killing 35 people and injuring 17.
December 13, 2006 – Italy – Avio: A freight train operated by Trenitalia passes a red signal and crashes on a freight train of the private company Rail Traction Company. Two Trenitalia engineers die in the violent crash
January 16, 2007 – United States – East Rochester, New York: A 13-car CSXintermodal train carrying retail goods partially derailed, spilling at least five containers and two intermodal wells onto the road below an overpass.
February 28, 2007 – China – Wind blows 10 passenger rail cars off the track near Turpan, China, killing 3 passengers and seriously injuring 2 others.
May 2, 2007 – Ukraine – 32 passengers are injured as the "Stolichniy Express" high-speed train derails near Kyiv, Ukraine. Sabotage is suspected but investigation reveals that technicians tried and failed to quick-repair a switch in front of the approaching train.
June 5, 2007 – Australia – Kerang train accident: A B-Double truck collided with a Melbourne-bound passenger train 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of Kerang at the Murray Valley Highway level crossing, killing 11 rail passengers and injuring 23.
June 14, 2007 – Croatia – A CroatianHŽ commuter train bound from Zagreb to Karlovac collided with a lorry on the railroad crossing in Demerje. The lorry driver died instantly while the train engineer died during the rescue workers' attempt to get him out of the wreckage. The crash was caused by the lorry driver who ignored light and bell warnings about the incoming train. The train conductor sustained minor injuries. The locomotive No. 987811413846 suffered huge frontal structural damage, but was later repaired and put back into service.
June 15, 2007 – Italy – Two trains collided on the Italian island of Sardinia, killing 3.
July 16–17, 2007 – United States – Two AmtrakSilver Star trains on the Tampa to Miami route crash into automobiles and derail in two separate instances, one in Lakeland and one in Plant City. Four people in the automobile die in the first wreck; one in the automobile dies in the second accident. Nobody on either train is seriously injured.
July 16, 2007 – Ukraine – 15 carriages from a train carrying yellow phosphorus derail and catch fire, releasing toxic fumes affecting 14 villages in a 90 km2 (35 sq mi) area near Lviv, Ukraine.
November 9, 2007 – United States – CSX train derailment in the District of Columbia dumps 10 rail cars of coal in the Anacostia River. Improperly secured, a free-rolling cut of hoppers from Bennington Yard rolls onto an out-of-service bridge, which collapses.
November 30, 2007 – United States – Amtrak train No. 371, the Pere Marquette, strikes the last car of COFC freight train on the Norfolk Southern (ex-PRR) line near 65th Street in Chicago. Two people in the cab of P42DC No. 8 are injured, and many passengers are injured, including three critical. The crumple zone design of the locomotive is effective and prevents worse results. The engineer was running at approximately 40 mph (64 km/h) in a 15 mph (24 km/h) zone due to confusion about the meaning of a signal. The unit is subsequently scrapped.
December 19, 2007 – Pakistan – Mehrabpur derailment – A crowded passenger express train derails down an embankment 200 kilometres (120 mi) north-east of Karachi near Mehrabpur at about 2:20 am PST, killing 35 people and injuring about 269, 10 critically.
February 1, 2008 – England – East Midlands Connect train from Nottingham to Norwich strikes a footbridge in its path at Barrow-on-Soar. A road vehicle had struck and damaged the bridge causing it to be foul of the line. Six passengers are on board; the driver has to be cut free from the driving cab. In October 2011, Network Rail is fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,000.
February 5, 2008 – United States – Two people die and one is injured in a chain reaction accident involving six vehicles and a 50 car train at a fog-obscured rail crossing in Boswell, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Lafayette, Indiana. The rural crossing has seen five other crashes, two of which were fatal, since 1984. An FRA safety review is now planned for this crossing. The other fatalities were on October 10, 1984, and February 7, 1986, between a train and a truck, in which both truck drivers and the truck's passenger in the 1984 crash died.
February 28, 2008 – Bulgaria – Sofia – Kardam train fire – Nine people die in a fire on board Bulgarian State Railways train No.2637 travelling from Sofia to the north-eastern town of Kardam in Dobrich region. The fire starts in a couchette carriage with 35 people in it as the train enters the town of Cherven bryag around midnight, and spreads to a sleeping coach with 27 people. The fire takes more than three hours to extinguish. Among the victims of the fire is Rasho Rashev, the director of Bulgaria's National Archaeological Institute. Bulgarian government declares March 5, 2008 a day of mourning in memory of the victims of the deadly fire.
March 8, 2008 – Greece – A passenger train derails, injuring 28 of 174 passengers.
March 9, 2008 – Argentina – A Ferrobaires passenger train going from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata strikes an El Rápido Argentino bus going from Mar de Ajó to San Miguel (Greater Buenos Aires) at a crossing on the outskirts of Dolores, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bus had disregarded the active warning devices on the railroad crossing of Provincial Highway 63. 17 people die, 40 are injured.
April 28, 2008 – China – Zibo train collision: Train No. T195 carrying approximately 1200 passengers from Beijing to Qingdao derails at a section of temporary detour tracks Zhoucun-Wangcun, Hejiacun, on the outskirts of Zibo, Shandong at approximately 4:38am. It is then struck by the No. 5034 (Yantai to Xuzhou) passenger train at approximately 4:41am, also with approximately 1200 passengers aboard. The detour tracks had a lower speed limit of 80 km/h, but the speed limit was not delivered to T195's operation monitor system or driver, and the driver was following the regular speed limit; T195 was running at the regular speed of 131 km/h before it derailed. Fourteen passenger cars are crushed, 72 people die and 416 are injured.
May 10, 2008 – Romania – The locomotive and three cars of Romanian National Railway Company (CFR) passenger train No 1661 going from Bucharest to Iași derails at a defective switch near Valea Calugareasca station in Prahova county around 16:55 local time. Two of the cars are severely damaged. The train's speed is 68 km/h, below the 70 km/h maximum speed limit on that sector of 70 km/h. A 17-year-old girl is killed and four other persons are injured.
August 8, 2008 – Czech Republic – 2008 Studénka train wreck: Express train EC 108 Comenius from Kraków, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic travelling at 140 km/h crashes around 10:30 local time (GMT+1) into a section of a bridge undergoing construction that had fallen onto the track. Eight people are killed and 91 injured.
September 11, 2008 – United Kingdom-France – 2008 Channel Tunnel fire: A Eurotunnel Shuttle train carrying two vans and 25 lorries is severely damaged when a fire starts on one of the lorries. Six people are injured slightly, the part of the Channel Tunnel where the train came to rest is closed for repairs until February 2009.
September 29, 2008 – India – Yelagiri Express derails at Tirupattur in Tamil Nadu, India. The engine and three coaches attached to the Yelagiri Express derailed at Tirupattur, owing to a snag in the engine, in the early hours of Monday, disrupting train services for more than three hours. As there were no passengers, a major casualty was averted.
October 11, 2008 – Netherlands – Thalys trainset 4536 running between Paris and Amsterdam collides with a Koploper ICM unit near Gouda. A steam train hauled by a BR 232-6-2 locomotive, which had its route set into the path of the collision, makes a successful emergency stop.
November 18, 2008 – Australia – A Connex Melbourne express train collides with a car in Dandenong South, killing the car's 53-year-old female occupant after she failed to stop at an active level crossing.
November 20, 2008 – United States – A 119-car CSX coal train derails under and damages the Crain Avenue bridge in Kent, Ohio. No injuries.
January 1, 2009 – Australia – One person is killed and six others injured after a QR Sunlander train collides with a garbage truck at a level crossing with no boom gates or warning lights, near Innisfail, Queensland.
February 7, 2009 – Cuba – Three people are killed and more than 90 injured in a collision between two passenger trains in Camagüey, 570 kilometres (350 mi) east of Havana.
February 13, 2009 – India – Jajpur derailment: Twelve carriages of the Howrah-Madras Express derail soon after the train departs Jajpur Road station near the city of Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha, killing 9 people and injuring 250.
April 17, 2009 – Germany – A passenger train collides with a freight train in Berlin. Twelve people are injured.
28 April 2009 - United States - In Boston, Massachusetts, A T Trolley train derailed due to the Train Driver looking at text messages, 68 people were injured.
1 June 2009 - United States - In Louisville, Kentucky, in Louisville Zoo a train derailed at a curve, 22 people were injured.
June 5, 2009 – Canada – A 111-car Canadian Pacific Railway train derails in Oshawa, ON around 2:15 p.m. CDT. Two locomotives and 27 cars of the train derail, some of the cars come to rest in nearby backyards and a schoolyard during recess.
June 19, 2009 – United States – A major downpour of rain in Rockford, Illinois, causes 14 of the 114 ethanol tankers of a Canadian National freight train to leave the track and explode into flames. One person at a rail crossing dies, several others are burned.
June 22, 2009 – United States – June 2009 Washington Metro train collision – On the Washington Metro, in Northeast Washington, D.C., an electronic track-circuit module fails, causing a train to go undetected by the automatic train control system. A second train crashes into it, killing 9 people, the deadliest incident in the subway system's 33-year history.
June 29, 2009 – China – Chenzhou train collision: Two passenger trains collide at 2:34 a.m. local time at Chenzhou railway station, Hunan Province, killing 3 people and leaving 63 injured. The accident is allegedly caused by a brake failure, which is disputed.
July 5, 2009 - United States – Two monorails at Walt Disney World collide, killing 1; the cause was found to be human error.
18 July 2009 - United States - In San Francisco, California, a Muni Metro Train collided rear end onto another train that is stopped at West Portal Train Station, 47 people were injured.
July 24, 2009 – Croatia – Rudine derailment – HŽICN tilting train number 521 bound from Zagreb to Split derails at 10:08 GMT between Labin Dalmatinski and Kaštel Stari near the village of Rudine. 6 passengers die, 55 are injured, 13 of them seriously. The crash is caused by retardant that was sprayed on the railroad approximately 10 minutes before the accident, leaving the track surface slippery, which made braking impossible. 30 minutes after the crash, during the rescue operation, a rescue train experiences the same problem and derails on the very same spot. There are no further injuries or deaths, although the second train passes close to dozens of rescue workers and collides with the derailed wreckage. The ICN trainset has been written off due to the extreme damage.
September 16, 2009 – Ireland – A tram and bus collide in Dublin injuring 21 people.
September 24, 2009 – Netherlands – Barendrecht train accident – Two freight trains collide head-on below a viaduct on the A15 motorway near Barendrecht, killing the driver of one train. Derailed sections land on a parallel track, where a passenger train is approaching. A few passengers of the passenger train are lightly injured.
October 5, 2009 – Thailand – A passenger train derails in Hua Hin District at 04:50 local time (21:50 on October 4 UTC). At least seven people die and dozens are injured. Occurs during heavy rain.
October 21, 2009 – India – 22 passengers die and around 17 are injured when a Goa Express runs into the last coach of a stationary Mewar Express. Later, it is determined that the signalling system was tampered with.
October 23, 2009 – India – Thane train accident. – A huge concrete slab comes crashing down just before a train is about to run below it in northeast Mumbai on Friday morning, killing the driver and a commuter. Twelve other people are also injured in the accident.
October 24, 2009 – Egypt – 2009 El Ayyat railway accident – A passenger train was stopped after striking water buffalo in the El Ayyat area of Giza. Another passenger train, travelling in the same direction, later runs into the back of the stationary train, resulting in the deaths of at least 18 people.
November 4, 2009 – Pakistan – At least 18 people die after a passenger train, Allama Iqbal Express, collides head-on with a goods train in the suburbs of the city of Karachi. The driver of the Allama Iqbal Express passed a stop signal at Juma Goth Station and rammed into another train from Karachi on the same track.
27 November 2009 - Russia - In Saint Petersburg, Russia, a terrorist placed a bomb in a train, when the bomb exploded it made the derail, 26 were killed and 96 were injured.
December 21, 2009 – Croatia – An early morning HŽ commuter train number 5100 bound from Sisak Caprag to Zagreb fails to stop and crashes into the platform bumper at Zagreb Glavni Kolodvor in Zagreb at 15–20 km/h. The cause of the crash, which occurred at the very end of its journey, is lack of antifreeze fluid in the locomotive's braking system which froze due to the low outside temperature (−22 °C). The crash occurs at 5:26 local time (4:26 GMT). 60 people from the train (including the train's engineer) are injured, 7 of them seriously. There are no injuries among people on the platform. Witnesses report that the engineer leaned out of the locomotive window to warn people on the platform that his brakes have failed and the train would crash at the end of the platform.