Recent Rail Accidents

Safer tank cars on CSX oil train didn’t prevent blast

February 17, 2015 |lohud| The apparent failure of safer tank cars to prevent an explosion in Monday’s West Virginia oil train derailment is worrying the top safety official in Rockland County, where similar trains rumble through daily. No one was hurt when the train hauling 109 cars filled with Bakken crude oil from North Dakota […]

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CSX apologizes for derailment as fire still burns

CSX apologizes for derailment as fire still burns

February 17, 2015 | Metro News| FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. – A CSX spokesperson offered an apology Tuesday as fire continued to burn at the site of a train derailment that forced 1,000 people to evacuate. “I would like to apologize for the significant disruption in the lives of a lot of people in those communities […]

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4 pm Update: 26 dot-111’s derail, 19 involved in fire

February 17, 2015|WVNS TV | 4:00 p.m. UPDATE: The investigation into the derailment of a CSX train on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 reveals more details about the accident.  According to CSX, 26 tanker cars derailed during the incident.  Of those cars, 19 were involved in the fire.  As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a limited […]

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Rachel Maddow Report on the Oil Train Explosion

Rachel Maddow Report on the Oil Train Explosion

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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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