Recent Rail Accidents

Three derailments are three too many

November 23, 2015 | Winona Post | It’s hard to believe Andy Cummings, spokesperson for Canadian Pacific Railway, when he says CP Rail feels it is “absolutely” safe to resume the transportation of oil in the wake of the three derailments last week in Wisconsin. The first derailed (BNSF) train hurled 32 cars off the […]

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Freight train toxic soil derailment

Freight train toxic soil derailment

November 22, 2015 | News 12 | NUTLEY – A freight train derailment left a mess in Nutley Saturday afternoon. The train, operated by Norfolk Southern, was making a run from the old Roche Pharmaceuticals campus when it derailed. The rail company says some soil containing lead and PCBs was spilled. [Read the entire article […]

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Amy McBeth: BNSF takes rail safety seriously

Amy McBeth: BNSF takes rail safety seriously

November 20, 2015 | LaCrosse Tribune | At BNSF Railway, we aren’t counting on luck as a safety strategy, as this paper’s editorial board suggests (Sunday’s Tribune). We begin with a comprehensive safety program dedicated to continuous risk reduction and then take additional steps, often beyond federal requirements, to reduce risk and improve safety for […]

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

November 17, 2015 |McClatchy DC|WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements. The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about […]

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Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Novembmer 15, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| When it comes to rail safety, we shouldn’t have to count on luck. The derailment upriver more than a week ago could have been much, much worse. Frankly, it was bad enough. A derailed BNSF Railway freight train dumped as much as 20,000 gallons of ethanol in Mississippi […]

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Train derailment at Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in Upper Merion under investigation

Train derailment at Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in Upper Merion under investigation

November 13, 2015 | The Times Herald | UPPER MERION >> Five tanker cars on a train carrying heavy crude oil bound for New Jersey derailed near the Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in King of Prussia Friday. No one was injured and no oil was spilled. The derailment occurred around 4:30 a.m. during switching operations […]

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Baldwin, FRA chief visit Alma derailment site

WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |   November 13, 2015 | WXOW | Alma, WI (WXOW) – Six days after 32 train cars derailed and ended up in the backwaters of the Mississippi River in Alma, Wisconsin, federal investigators are still working in full force. On Thursday, U.S. fish […]

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‘We dodged a bullet’: State, federal officials visit Alma derailment site, call for safety measures

‘We dodged a bullet’: State, federal officials visit Alma derailment site, call for safety measures

November 13, 2015 | Winona Daily News| ALMA, Wis. — There were no injuries and so far no signs of environmental damage after a freight train carrying ethanol went off the tracks Saturday, but state and federal officials are calling for better regulation and safety measures in the wake of two Wisconsin derailments in as […]

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Wrecked oil train had passed nuclear silos

November 11, 2015 | MSNBC | Rachel Maddow reports on two separate oil trail derailments on two consecutive days this weekend in Wisconsin, one of which was carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota where its path took it in very close proximity to live nuclear missile silos. [Watch Rachel Maddow Here]

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Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend

Quinault Raise Alarm Yet Again After Two Oil Trains Derail in One Weekend

November 12, 2015 | Indian Country Today | Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, these two in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the dangers inherent in such transport. “The frequency of these train crashes combined with the danger they pose to people and to the environment […]

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