Archive for April, 2015

Train derailment in North Wichita

Train derailment in North Wichita

April 3, 2015 | KWCH|WICHITA, Kan. – Crews responded to a train derailment north of downtown Wichita Thursday morning.   Crews were called to the tracks along Santa Fe between 13th and 21st Street shortly after 5 a.m. hree train cars tipped on their sides.  The overturned cars are grain cars and were not carrying hazardous […]

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All roads reopened after Tuesday night train derailment in Irondale

All roads reopened after Tuesday night train derailment in Irondale

April 3, 2015 | WBRC|IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) – All roads have reopened near Irondale City Hall after a train derailed on Tuesday night. Crew have also finished repairing the rails damaged in that derailment. They spent all day Wednesday removing three locomotives and 11 train cars from the crash site. Some chemicals did leak from […]

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Can lower speeds prevent crude oil train derailments?

Can lower speeds prevent crude oil train derailments?

April 3, 2015 | MPR | BNSF Railway announced this week that crude oil trains traveling through the Twin Cities will slow down, no faster than 35 mph. The safety measure comes in the wake of several high-profile derailments in the United States and Canada. BNSF hauls much of the oil produced in the Bakken […]

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U.S. readying emergency oil train safety measures

U.S. readying emergency oil train safety measures

April 3, 2015| Inforum| WASHINGTON – The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday.  The measures, which could include emergency orders, safety advisories, or […]

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Engineer Suing BNSF After 2013 Casselton Train Derailment

Engineer Suing BNSF After 2013 Casselton Train Derailment

April 2, 2015 | WDAZ | WDAY – The engineer of the oil tanker train that exploded in Casselton in December 2013 is suing his employer, BNSF. He says he suffered severe and permanent injuries in the crash between his oil tanker and a grain train. [Read the entire article here.]

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CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

April 1, 2015 | newsadvance.com|RICHMOND — The State Water Control Board approved a consent order fining CSX Transportation Inc. more than $360,000 after a tanker spilled nearly 30,000 gallons of oil into the James River almost one year ago. [Read the entire article here.]

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North Dakota’s new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

April 1, 2015 | Reuters | (Reuters) – New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether the state’s much-anticipated rules will make oil train shipments safer. High vapor pressure has been identified as a possible factor […]

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BNSF upgrading rail bridges near Stoddard

BNSF upgrading rail bridges near Stoddard

April 1, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | STODDARD, Wis. — BNSF crews are working around the clock to replace one of two rail bridges south of Stoddard that are more than 100 years old. Work began Monday on the first bridge replacement, BNSF official Paul Nowicki said. That bridge should take about four days. [Read […]

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