Disasters

What is Acrylonitrile?

July 2, 2015 | WVLT |We are learning more about the chemical burning in a Blount County train derailment. It’s full name is acrylonitrile, but it’s also referred to as AN or vinyl cyanide. When burned, it releases fumes of hydrogen cyanide. [Read the entire article here.]

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Emergency workers decontaminated after exposure from Blount County train derailment

July 2, 2015 | Commercial Appeal | Authorities have decontaminated 10 emergency workers exposed Thursday to a toxic substance released during a train derailment and the resulting fire, and another dozen first responders are expected to undergo the cleansing operation. Blount Memorial Hospital spokesman Josh West said three of the first responders had been decontaminated […]

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Was it a DOT-103 or DOT-111 carrying Acrylonitrile?

Was it a DOT-103 or DOT-111 carrying Acrylonitrile?

DOT-111 Reader | July 2, 2015 | I’m sure we’ll get more details as to this morning’s derailment near Knoxville, TN continues. Reviewing hazmat guides, it appears that acrylonitrile is carried in either DOT-103 or DOT-111 tank cars.    

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Tennessee Train Derailment: 5,000 Residents Evacuated From Maryville

Tennessee Train Derailment: 5,000 Residents Evacuated From Maryville

July 2, 2015 | NBC News| More than 5,000 residents were evacuated after a freight train carrying a “highly flammable and toxic gas” partly derailed and caught fire early Thursday just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, officials said. Seven officers were hospitalized after breathing in fumes from the blaze, Blount County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Marian O’Briant told […]

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At least 5,000 people under evacuation following Blount Co. train fire

At least 5,000 people under evacuation following Blount Co. train fire

July 2, 2015 | WBIR | Authorities said at least 5,000 people are under a mandatory evacuation Thursday morning following a train fire in Blount County. According to a Blount Memorial Hospital spokesperson, 12 emergency responders are supposed to be decontaminated. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

June 23, 2015 | The Hill | Canadian federal officials hit six railroad employees with criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 oil train disaster in Quebec that killed 47. Transport Canada said the employees were responsible for the train not having its brake properly engaged on the night of the derailment and explosion in […]

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Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

June 20, 2015 | McClatchy DC|Tank car improvements required by the U.S. and Canadian governments last month should cut the risk of spills and fires in oil train accidents, Canadian investigators have concluded. The finding came from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigation of on a derailment in January 2014 in Plaster Rock, New […]

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Investigation shows a cracked wheel caused Plaster Rock train derailment

June 19, 2015 | Global News| DIEPPE, N.B. – The Transportation Safety Board says a defective wheel is to blame for the derailment of a CN train in New Brunswick last year. The board released its findings Friday on the accident near Plaster Rock, N.B. on Jan 7, 2014, where 19 cars and a locomotive […]

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Court delays ruling on 2013 Quebec oil train crash settlement

June 18, 2015 | Reuters |  A Quebec judge reserved his decision on Wednesday on whether to grant a motion that would clear the way for a settlement between victims of the 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train disaster and dozens of companies and individuals linked to the crash that killed 47 people. Patrice Benoit, the lawyer […]

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Canadian Pacific challenging responsibility for Lac-Megantic disaster in court

June 16, 2015 | National Observer| A judge has begun hearing arguments that could determine the fate of more than $431 million destined for victims and creditors of the 2013 train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que. Lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway — the sole firm accused of responsibility in the rail disaster not to participate in […]

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