Recent Rail Accidents

Union Pacific sues to force track expansion where crude oil train derailed last summer

January 11, 2017 | Omaha World-Herald | MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific is asking a federal judge to reject local rules that threaten to derail its plans to add a second main track along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. The Omaha-based railroad filed the lawsuit Tuesday against […]

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Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

December 28, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune| Federal authorities say crew fatigue may have contributed to the derailment of a BNSF freight train that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol after leaving the tracks last year near Alma, Wis. The engineer applied the brakes too suddenly, in violation of railroad guidelines, causing 25 cars […]

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97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

December 6,, 2016 | CBS/AP| JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — A train carrying BMWs from an automaking plant in South Carolina derailed, damaging 97 of the vehicles, authorities said. The train was heading from a BMW plant in Greer to Charleston when it derailed shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, officials said, CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC reported. It […]

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Freight train derailed in New Britain

Freight train derailed in New Britain

December 6, 2016 | WTNH| NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Eight cars of a freight train have derailed along Columbus Boulevard in New Britain, according to the New Britain Mayor’s Office. A spokesperson with the Mayor’s Office tells News 8 that eight cars of the freight train derailed on Columbus Boulevard and Colombus Boulevard is […]

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Costs of oil train derailment along Columbia River adding up

December 3, 2016 | The Register-Guard | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the […]

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Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

November 16, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | In the wake of the most recent train derailment on the Mississippi River, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind is asking BNSF Railway what steps it has taken to prevent future mishaps during severe weather. In a letter sent Wednesday, Kind cited the derailment of a BNSF train near […]

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All clear in Ellendale after train derailment, evacuation

All clear in Ellendale after train derailment, evacuation

November 11, 2016 | MPR News | Authorities Friday afternoon gave the OK for residents in the southern Minnesota town of Ellendale to go home after ordering evacuations following a nearby train derailment and hazardous waste spill. Several cars in a 146-car Union Pacific train left the rails about 5 a.m. Friday morning. Two were […]

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Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

October 25, 2016 | WPR | Four Union Pacific cars derailed from BNSF track just before midnight Monday night in the Town of Superior. Town of Superior Fire Department Chief Darryl Fiegle said volunteer fire crews arrived to find three tank cars rolled on their side and one leaking a flammable liquid called octene that’s […]

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

October 25, 2016 | Duluth Tribune News | Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies continued work to contain a derailment spill of the combustible material octene south of Superior on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported as the result of the spill that happened late Monday and closed a portion of State Highway […]

3 oil train tankers derail in N.J., no spill – local media

3 oil train tankers derail in N.J., no spill – local media

October 15, 2016 | Reuters | Three train tankers carrying oil from an Exxon Mobil lube plant in Paulsboro, New Jersey, derailed overnight but there was no spill, local media reported on Tuesday. The derailment, which happened on private property in Paulsboro, occurred as one of the rails was bent, the report said, quoting a […]

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