Recent Rail Accidents

Update 12:17pm – Large Explosion @ 11:30pm

February 17, 2015 | WSAZ|  FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — What was described as the “biggest” and “loudest” explosion following Monday’s train derailment happened just before 11:30 p.m. Emergency crews on the scene tell WSAZ that following that explosion all neighbors who were still in the affected area had been accounted for. The American Red […]

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Explosion and oil spill after train derails in West Virginia

Explosion and oil spill after train derails in West Virginia

February 16, 2015 | CNN | (CNN)A train carrying crude oil derailed Monday in West Virginia and exploded, filling the sky with thick clouds of fire and smoke. One home was destroyed, but there were no reports of injures, according to Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. […]

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Health Department Checking To See If Permitted Facilities Affected By Train Derailment Have Adequate Water

February 16, 2014 | WCHSTV| CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said health-department-permitted facilities affected by the Montgomery, Cedar Grove train derailment are being contacted by health inspectors and may only operate only on a conditionional basis. “Availability of sufficient water is a basic requirement for proper sanitation within a food establishment,” said Dr. […]

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Crude oil train derails in Fayette County, WV

Crude oil train derails in Fayette County, WV

February 16, 2015 | Charleston Daily Mail| Residents who were near the derailment of a crude oil train in Fayette County say it shook and rocked their community like a Biblical judgment. Around 1:20 p.m. Monday, a CSX train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in the Mount Carbon area of Fayette […]

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UPDATE: State of Emergency declared in Kanawha and Fayette Counties

Beckley, Bluefield February 16, 2015 | WVNS TV| West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) declared a state of emergency for Fayette and Kanawha Counties at 5:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.  The declaration was in response to the CSX train derailment that lead to the evacuation of the Powelltown Hollow area, which includes […]

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Train derailment sends crude oil cars into Kanawha River; explosions erupt

Train derailment sends crude oil cars into Kanawha River; explosions erupt

February 16, 2015 | WV Metro News| MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — Multiple tanker rail cars carrying crude oil derailed Monday afternoon in Fayette County, triggering explosions and a 100-yard-high flames as several cars rolled through a residential subdivision and into the Kanawha River.  CSX officials say “at least one rail car appears to have ruptured and caught […]

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Another oil train derails, ignites fire in Canada

Another oil train derails, ignites fire in Canada

February 15, 2015 | McClatchy DC| Another train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Canada early Sunday, potentially putting pressure on the White House to accelerate its review of new regulations intended to improve the safety of hazardous rail shipments throughout North America. The 100-car Canadian National train left the tracks in a […]

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CN train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Northern Ontario

CN train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Northern Ontario

February 15, 2015 | The Globe and Mail| A Canadian National Railway Co. train carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil derailed and caught fire in Northern Ontario early Sunday morning. A CN spokesman said there were no injuries in the derailment that happened around midnight on Saturday about 80 kilometres south of Timmins, Ont., […]

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Crude oil train derails in Alberta

Crude oil train derails in Alberta

February 15, 2015| Montreal Gazette| FRANK, Alta. — A train hauling crude oil has derailed in southern Alberta, but the railway and the Transportation Safety Board say there does not appear to be any leaks. CP Rail says in a news release that a dozen cars carrying crude on a westbound train derailed near Frank […]

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Iowa DNR: No problems With Canada Pacific after train derailment

February 14, 2015|KCRG| DUBUQUE COUNTY — More than a week after a major derailment north of Dubuque, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said they have “no problems” with the railroad company behind the initial response and the cleanup. “It’s progressed real smoothly,” said Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa DNR’s Iowa City field office on […]

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