Recent Rail Accidents

Feds investigate train derailment in Brevard

Feds investigate train derailment in Brevard

December 21, 2015 | Click Orlando| VIERA, Fla. – Authorities, including federal transportation investigators, were working to determine what caused a freight train hauling non-hazardous cargo to derail Sunday morning, sending a locomotive engine and four rail cars off the tracks. Neither the train conductor nor the engineer, who were aboard the 57-car train at […]

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Firefighters battling large fire near Highway 30 in industrial NW Portland

Firefighters battling large fire near Highway 30 in industrial NW Portland

December 13, 2015 | Oregon Live | Firefighters work at the scene after a semitrailer truck crashed into railroad cars causing a fire near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. A semitrailer truck crashed on a roadway near a Portland railroad yard, sparking a railcar fire that sent up plumes […]

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Second derailment in a matter of weeks

December 2, 2015 | WWLP | WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second time in a matter of weeks, train cars derailed near the CSX rail yard in West Springfield. Three tanker cars went off the tracks off Circuit Avenue Wednesday morning. CSX Railways spokesperson Rob Doolittle told 22News that the three cars on […]

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The Flipside of Accuracy: NPR Report on Oil and Ethanol Train Derailments Full of Industry Talking Points

The Flipside of Accuracy: NPR Report on Oil and Ethanol Train Derailments Full of Industry Talking Points

December 2, 2015 | DESMOG |On November 7th, a train carrying ethanol in DOT-111 tank cars derailed in Wisconsin, resulting in rail cars rupturing and a spill of 18,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River. The next day, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in a residential area in Watertown, Wisconsin, resulting in a […]

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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

November 30, 2015 | DESMOG| On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries. There is general consensus […]

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Crews work to clean up train derailment in Laurel County

Crews work to clean up train derailment in Laurel County

November 30, 2015 | WKYT | EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (WKYT) – Authorities in Laurel County were busy after a train derailed late last night. Dispatchers in Laurel County tell WKYT that officers responded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday after a CSX train derailed just north of East Bernstadt. They say at least five to six rail […]

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Train derailment in West Springfield; bridge re-opened

November 24, 2015 | WWLP | WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Five train cars derailed just west of the CSX rail yard in West Springfield Tuesday morning, causing the closure of a nearby bridge. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge (commonly referred to as the Strathmore Bridge) between West Springfield and Agawam was closed for hours following […]

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CN train derails north of Manteno; no injuries or leaks reported

CN train derails north of Manteno; no injuries or leaks reported

November 23,2015 | Daily Journal | Manteno, IL — A Canadian National Railway freight train carrying at least one tank of hydrochloric acid derailed just before 11:55 p.m. sending six cars off the track just south of the 11000N Road crossing at Illinois Route 50. Only two people — the train’s conductor and engineer — […]

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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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