Recent Rail Accidents

Train operations resume after Falmouth derailment

Train operations resume after Falmouth derailment

August 14, 2016 | WLWT | FALMOUTH, Ky. —Normal train operations can now resume following a massive train derailment in Falmouth, Kentucky, Wednesday morning. Authorities said 24 cars of a 125-car CSX train en route to Atlanta derailed Wednesday, including four hazardous-materials cars containing sulfuric acid. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Frac Sand Train derailment near Lewisville Ark., no injuries reported

Frac Sand Train derailment near Lewisville Ark., no injuries reported

August 14, 2016 | KTHV |LEWISVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A train has derailed near U.S. Highway 82 close to Lewisville on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. CBS affiliate KSLA reports that thirty-two of the cars derailed. Investigators with Union Pacific are still trying to determine the cause. Along with the derailment comes several hundred feet of damaged […]

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Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

August 2, 2016 | The Bellingham Herald | MOSIER, Ore. The Chinook salmon that Randy Settler and other Yakama tribal fishermen are pulling from the Columbia River are large and plentiful this summer, part of one of the biggest spawning runs since the 1960s. It is a sign, they say, of the river’s revitalization, through […]

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Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

July 22, 2015 | OPB.org | When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky. Now OPB has learned about invisible damage: elevated concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds in groundwater near the […]

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Crude oil and ethanol should not be shipped by rail

July 6, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Today marks the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Canada, which killed 47 people in a fiery explosion. This train passed through La Crosse days before the accident. Since this disaster, there have been additional oil and ethanol derailments that have resulted in spills […]

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NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

July 8, 2016 | RT&S | The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken control of the investigation into the June 28, 2016 accident between two BNSF intermodal trains near Panhandle, Texas. The head-on collision sparked a fire and left one crew member injured, two dead and one remains missing. In a statement, BNSF said […]

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Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

June 25, 2016 | The Columbian |Gov. Jay Inslee called for a halt on Union Pacific Railroad oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday until stricter safety standards are enacted. Inslee’s call comes after an oil train headed to Tacoma derailed in the Columbia River Gorge, in the town of Mosier, Ore., earlier this month. […]

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Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

June 24, 2016 | Q13 Fox | SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. […]

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Railroad blamed for fiery oil train derailment along Columbia River Gorge

Railroad blamed for fiery oil train derailment along Columbia River Gorge

June 23, 2016 | KOMO News | PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire […]

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Democrats Mount New Crude Train Safety Push After Derailment

June 15, 2016 | Bloomberg News | Senate Democrats are renewing a push for oil train safety legislation after a fiery crude-by-rail derailment resulting in a spill in Oregon’s pristine Columbia River Gorge, but analysts say the incident isn’t likely to be enough to spur congressional action anytime soon. The accident in Mosier, Ore., which […]

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