Recent Rail Accidents

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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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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