Recent Rail Accidents

Train derailment dumps thousands of gallons of crude oil in Plainfield

Train derailment dumps thousands of gallons of crude oil in Plainfield

July 1, 2017 | Chicago Tribune | Clean-up efforts continued Saturday in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed early Friday evening. No one was injured in the derailment. Officials confirmed that oil leaked from two of the cars on the Canadian National freight train and a possible third car was leaking oil. It […]

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Cleanup underway after freight train carrying crude oil derails in Plainfield, IL

Cleanup underway after freight train carrying crude oil derails in Plainfield, IL

July 1, 2017 | WLS News | PLAINFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — A massive cleanup effort is underway in southwest suburban Plainfield after a train derailment sent cars carrying crude oil off the track on Friday. The derailment happened 6:54 p.m. Friday near Rte. 59 and Riverwalk Court. Police suggested several businesses nearby to close after […]

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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. […]

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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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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UPDATE: Freight train derailment and fire in Palo Alto County, IA

March 8, 2017 | KTIV | Palo Alto County, IA (KTIV) – Flames could be seen at least eight miles from the scene of a train derailment in Palo Alto County. The fire broke out in the early hours Friday morning. “Ten minutes to 1:00am we had received calls to a fire. When the emergency responders […]

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