Recent Rail Accidents

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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Official: Fire still burning hours after Iowa derailment

Official: Fire still burning hours after Iowa derailment

March 11, 2017 | ABC News| A fire sparked by the derailment of a freight train hauling ethanol through rural northwest Iowa continued to burn strong nearly 15 hours later, but appears not to be leaking any significant amounts of ethanol into a creek at the site, an Iowa environmental official said Friday. “There was […]

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State Police: ‘Close To A Miracle’ More People Weren’t Hurt In Newburgh Train Derailment

March 8, 2017 | CBS New York | NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was “close to a miracle” that more people didn’t get hurt when a CSX freight train derailed in Newburgh after colliding with an articulating boom lift, a New York State Police captain said Wednesday. Crews are continuing efforts to remove the derailed […]

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Union Pacific sues to force track expansion where crude oil train derailed last summer

January 11, 2017 | Omaha World-Herald | MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific is asking a federal judge to reject local rules that threaten to derail its plans to add a second main track along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. The Omaha-based railroad filed the lawsuit Tuesday against […]

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Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

December 28, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune| Federal authorities say crew fatigue may have contributed to the derailment of a BNSF freight train that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol after leaving the tracks last year near Alma, Wis. The engineer applied the brakes too suddenly, in violation of railroad guidelines, causing 25 cars […]

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97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

December 6,, 2016 | CBS/AP| JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — A train carrying BMWs from an automaking plant in South Carolina derailed, damaging 97 of the vehicles, authorities said. The train was heading from a BMW plant in Greer to Charleston when it derailed shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, officials said, CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC reported. It […]

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Freight train derailed in New Britain

Freight train derailed in New Britain

December 6, 2016 | WTNH| NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Eight cars of a freight train have derailed along Columbus Boulevard in New Britain, according to the New Britain Mayor’s Office. A spokesperson with the Mayor’s Office tells News 8 that eight cars of the freight train derailed on Columbus Boulevard and Colombus Boulevard is […]

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Costs of oil train derailment along Columbia River adding up

December 3, 2016 | The Register-Guard | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the […]

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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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