Recent Rail Accidents

Derailed tanker leaks gasoline

Derailed tanker leaks gasoline

June 1, 2015 | Commercial Appeal|It didn’t catch fire and no one was injured but a tanker car derailed Monday in Memphis, drawing a heavy response from firefighters. An unknown quantity of gasoline spilled from one of two tanker cars that partially overturned Monday entering a southeast Memphis rail yard, Memphis Fire Department spokesman Lt. […]

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Northern Minnesota railroad bridge fire, collapse disrupts Canadian route

Northern Minnesota railroad bridge fire, collapse disrupts Canadian route

May 28, 2015 | Pioneer Press |  A Canadian National Railway trestle near International Falls, Minn., caught fire early Wednesday, damaging several railroad cars that were caught on the burning span before it collapsed. There were no reports of injuries, or word on when service would resume on the busy rail line connecting northern Minnesota […]

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Small town’s residents see remainder of oil train derailment

May 24, 2015 | The Bismark Tribune | HEIMDAL (AP) — Residents of a small North Dakota community are seeing what’s left over from the derailment of an oil train carrying about 180,000 gallons of crude. The train derailed and caught fire May 6, with the mainline running through the 22 person town of Heimdal. […]

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North Dakota Crude Train Service Resumes But Questions Remain

North Dakota Crude Train Service Resumes But Questions Remain

May 21, 2015 | NGI Shale Daily| Bakken Shale crude oil shipments via train have resumed in North Dakota, but there remain unanswered questions about what caused 10 tanker cars to derail and ignite in Heimdal, ND, earlier this month. A spokesperson for BNSF, the railroad involved in the derailment, told NGI‘s Shale Daily on […]

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Train derailment evacuation expected to last until 6 a.m. Wednesday

Train derailment evacuation expected to last until 6 a.m. Wednesday

May 19, 2015| WAFB|ADDIS, LA (WAFB) –Four chemical tankers derailed at the interchange on Peter Messina Road in Addis around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials ordered the evacuation of Acadian Crossing and Sunset neighborhoods, and areas within 1,000 feet from the derailment site. The evacuation will begin at 7 p.m. and could possibly last until 6 […]

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New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk

New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk

May 18, 2015 | The Hill | Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.: These are just a few of the cities within the “blast zones” of mile-long trains carrying flammable crude oil across the country. Twenty-five million Americans live in these vulnerable areas; yet it will be years until dangerous tank cars are retrofitted or retired […]

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Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

May 15, 2015 | CNN | Barrington, Illinois (CNN)On the surface, this is a tidy, upscale community in suburban Chicago where the biggest headache is the commute to downtown. But listen to city officials talk, and they’ll tell you that in recent years, Barrington has become one of the nation’s epicenters for possible large-scale disaster. […]

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Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing at least five

Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing at least five

May 13, 2015 | Reuters |  An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck, which left some rail […]

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BNSF to reopen track at site of ND oil train derailment, fire

May 8, 2015 | MPR News| BNSF Railway is preparing to reopen its mainline track near the central North Dakota town of Heimdal where an oil train derailed and caught fire. The state Health Department says the railroad is making progress on cleaning up the oil that didn’t burn in the Wednesday wreck but instead […]

Oil in North Dakota Derailment Was Treated to Cut Volatility

Oil in North Dakota Derailment Was Treated to Cut Volatility

May 8, 2015 | ABC News | A shipment of oil involved in an explosive train derailment in North Dakota had been treated to reduce its volatility — a move that state officials suggested could have reduced the severity of the accident but won’t prevent others from occurring. Hess Corporation spokesman John Roper said the […]