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Train derailment cause still unknown

Train derailment cause still unknown

August 23, 2016 | Denton RC | Railroad officials still aren’t sure what caused a Union Pacific freight train to derail off a bridge over Denton Creek on Sunday, sending tons of Wyoming coal bound for Central Texas power plants onto creek banks and into the water. Whether a bridge failure triggered the derailment or […]

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Diesel fuel leak in heart of Toronto, no injuries

Diesel fuel leak in heart of Toronto, no injuries

August 22, 2016 | Benicia Independent | Human error is being blamed for a freight train derailment in the heart of Toronto Sunday morning that had crews scrambling to contain a diesel fuel leak. The derailment happened after a train struck the tail of another train at about 5:20 a.m. near Dupont and Bathurst Sts., […]

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26 coal cars derail, 5 end up in creek north of Fort Worth TX

26 coal cars derail, 5 end up in creek north of Fort Worth TX

August 22, 2016 | Benicia Independent | Crewmembers believe a bridge failure caused more than 26 rail cars on a Union Pacific freight train to derail north of Fort Worth Sunday night. It happened around 6 p.m. as the train was traveling over a bridge near Highway 377 in Roanoke. No one was hurt, but […]

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BNSF donates tank car to La Crosse Fire Department

August 14, 2016 | La Crossse Tribune |The La Crosse Fire Department will be able to take its preparedness for a rail emergency to a new level after BNSF donated what it calls a general service legacy tank car to the city. The Common Council on Thursday approved a donation agreement taking possession of the […]

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Train operations resume after Falmouth derailment

Train operations resume after Falmouth derailment

August 14, 2016 | WLWT | FALMOUTH, Ky. —Normal train operations can now resume following a massive train derailment in Falmouth, Kentucky, Wednesday morning. Authorities said 24 cars of a 125-car CSX train en route to Atlanta derailed Wednesday, including four hazardous-materials cars containing sulfuric acid. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Frac Sand Train derailment near Lewisville Ark., no injuries reported

Frac Sand Train derailment near Lewisville Ark., no injuries reported

August 14, 2016 | KTHV |LEWISVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A train has derailed near U.S. Highway 82 close to Lewisville on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. CBS affiliate KSLA reports that thirty-two of the cars derailed. Investigators with Union Pacific are still trying to determine the cause. Along with the derailment comes several hundred feet of damaged […]

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Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

August 2, 2016 | The Bellingham Herald | MOSIER, Ore. The Chinook salmon that Randy Settler and other Yakama tribal fishermen are pulling from the Columbia River are large and plentiful this summer, part of one of the biggest spawning runs since the 1960s. It is a sign, they say, of the river’s revitalization, through […]

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Crude-oil train movements down 45% this year

August 3, 2016 | The Inquirer | The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday confirmed what many trainspotters have observed: Movements of crude oil by rail within the United States for the first five months this year are down 45 percent from last year. An average of 443,000 barrels of crude moved by rail during the […]

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Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

July 22, 2015 | OPB.org | When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky. Now OPB has learned about invisible damage: elevated concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds in groundwater near the […]

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Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

July 21, 2016 | Desmogblog.com | In the most recent oil-by-rail accident in Mosier, Oregon the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) concluded that the tank cars involved — the jacketed CPC-1232 type — “performed as expected.” So an oil train derailing at the relatively slow speed of 25 mph should be “expected” to have breached cars resulting in fiery explosions. […]

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