Recent Rail Accidents

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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Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

September 30, 2016 | tdn.com | In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge,  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments. Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging […]

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Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

September 30, 2017 | ABC News | The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios. [Read the entire article here.]  

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1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

September 23, 3016 | KWWL | At about 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, a train derailed from an apparent track washout near Ferryville, WI, about 25 miles north of Prairie du Chien. The crew was not injured in the incident, but have been transported to a local hospital as a precaution. News clip from KWWL. [Watch […]

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DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

September 22, 2016 | DOT-111.info | Ferryville, WI — [Editorial]  Two days of flooding rain caused numerous mudslides and flash floods along the Upper Mississippi River Basin. First responders, emergency management and the WI DOT were on the lookout for problems along Wisconsin’s roads but one must wonder why BNSF allowed trains to travel through […]

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Washout causes derailment near Ferryville; no injuries reported

Washout causes derailment near Ferryville; no injuries reported

September 22, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | A BNSF freight train derailed and leaked diesel fuel Thursday morning after tracks washed out north of Ferryville as a second night of heavy rains triggered flooding and mudslides. Two locomotives and five rail cars left the tracks around 5:40 a.m. as the result of a washout […]

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