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No Injuries in Central Illinois Freight Train Derailment

May 17, 2017 | News Channel 20| ELKHART, Ill (WICS/WRSP) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment in Elkhart. Crews were called to the scene around 10:15 p.m. Monday, with five different fire departments responding. Of the 77 car freight train, 18 cars are either derailed or off the tracks. Union Pacific […]

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Trains collide near Greenwood causing derailment

Trains collide near Greenwood causing derailment

May 1, 2017 | WTVA |LEFLORE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — Trains collided Sunday near Money sending 10 to 12 cars off the tracks and causing a fire. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says the collision was caused by a miscommunication when switching trains.  He adds that weather did not play a role in what happened. […]

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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322,000 Gallons of Ethanol Released in Fiery Iowa Derailment

April 4, 2017 | US News | GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have determined that 322,000 gallons of ethanol were released during a northwest Iowa train derailment that erupted into flames. The Union Pacific train derailed early March 10 on a trestle bridge spanning a creek near Graettinger (GREHT’-ihn-jur), about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest […]

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Railway Safety Advocates Raise Concerns Over Proposed Legislation

April 4, 2017 | KSTP | Railway safety advocates are worried private companies could avoid adequate liability under identical bills state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to pass. The bills give the Metropolitan Council and counties the ability to contract with railroads “for the joint or shared use of the council’s […]

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Frac Sand Train Derailment in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday

Frac Sand Train Derailment in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday

March 30, 2017 | WKBT-TV | PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (WKBT) – At 11:15 p.m., March 29, Prairie du Chien Police responded to a train derailment between the Pattison Sand Company’s loading site on Hwy 18 and the Prairie du Chien Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant. [Read the entire article here.]

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At least 10 freight train cars derail in Lake Forest

March 15, 2017 | WLS | LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A freight train derailed early Wednesday in north suburban Lake Forest. At least 10 cars from the Union Pacific train derailed about 3:10 a.m. near Route 41 and West Deerpath Road, according to a statement from Lake Forest police. No hazardous materials were found leaking […]

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3 tank cars remain in Iowa creek after fiery derailment

3 tank cars remain in Iowa creek after fiery derailment

March 13, 2017 | ABC News| Authorities say three tanker cars containing ethanol remain in a rural creek, three days after a fiery train derailment in northwestern Iowa. Environmental specialist Amber Wolf with the Iowa Natural Resources Department said Monday that the fire finally went out midday Sunday. The blaze erupted after the derailment around […]

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Derailment prompts call for quicker replacement of old cars

March 11, 2017 | Beloit Daily News | “God forbid this happens in a community or with people sitting in their cars waiting for the train to go by. It’s not like we haven’t seen that kind of tragedy before,” said Karen Darch, co-chair of an Illinois-based coalition of local officials, called TRAC, that has […]

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