Recent Rail Accidents

28 train cars derail in eastern Iowa

28 train cars derail in eastern Iowa

May 23, 2016 | KWWL | SABULA (KWWL) –Crews are now cleaning up after a train derailed in Jackson County. It happened last night around 8 p.m. near Sabula. A Canadian Pacific train, heading north, derailed 5 miles south of Sabula. CP says 28 cars went off the tracks. The train was carrying coal. [Read […]

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Freight train jumps tracks in Charlemont

Freight train jumps tracks in Charlemont

May 14, 2016 | The Recorder | HARLEMONT — A derailment Saturday along the south bank of the Deerfield River left 18 freight cars listing crazily on the tracks, but firefighters said the three carrying hazardous materials did not leak. Charlemont Fire Chief Douglas Annear said there were no injuries. The cause of the accident […]

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Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

May 5, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail | A train hauling coal overturned in the eastern part of Kanawha County Thursday evening, blocking the road for about two hours. The derailment happened just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cabin Creek Road and Ronda Road. The train, which has 150 cars and is 8,000 feet […]

Sodium hydroxide, Calcium Chloride and Ethanol leak from derailment in Washington D.C.

May 1, 2016 | ABC News |Mayor Muriel Bowser said no trains will be running on the tracks Monday and CSX couldn’t say how long the cleanup might take. “We understand that this a significant inconvenience to commuters and to this community so we’re working as quickly as we possibly can with safety as the […]

CSX train derails in Northeast D.C., possible hazardous leak

CSX train derails in Northeast D.C., possible hazardous leak

May 1, 2016 | WTOP | “CSX operations and hazardous materials personnel are working with first responders on the derailment this morning in Washington D.C.,” CSX said in a statement released about 8:45 a.m.  “The safety of the community, first responders and CSX’s employees is our highest priority.”  The company said one derailed car is leaking sodium […]

No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

April 23, 2016 | pix11 | JERSEY CITY, N.J. —  Authorities say no one was injured and nothing was spilled when freight train cars derailed in Jersey City Saturday morning. The derailment happened at 10:30 a.m., at the Newark Avenue crossing. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo, says Saturday […]

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Rail Safety Efforts

Rail Safety Efforts

  April 11, 2016 | News 8000 | A report on the Alma, WI and Brownsville, MN derailments, new MN legislation and an interview with CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, La Crosse. [Watch the video here.]

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Reports: human error, defective rail blamed in Mississippi River derailments

Reports: human error, defective rail blamed in Mississippi River derailments

April 8, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF Railway says human error caused the Nov. 7 derailment that sent more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River near Alma, Wis., while a broken rail has been blamed for a January derailment in Houston County, Minn. Both derailments remain under investigation by the […]

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Information about railroad hazards must be shared

April 1, 2016 | Star Tribune | Late last month, the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Callaway joined the growing list of Midwestern cities that no one wants to be on: the communities where freight train derailments have occurred. On March 24, a tanker truck apparently pulled in front of a Canadian Pacific Railway train […]

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

March 26, 2016 | KSTP | On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton toured the small town of Callaway. That’s where a train derailment caused an evacuation for nearly 24 hours this week. A preliminary investigation shows a propane tanker truck pulled out in front of a Canadian Pacific train in Callaway, causing a crash that evacuated […]

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