July 24, 2014

First of 3 fuselages removed from derailment site

MISSOULA, Mont. – Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Experts from Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems, which built the fuselages, are at the site of Thursday’s derailment on [...]

Train carrying oil derails in Virginia in fiery blast

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A CSX Corp. train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday (April 30), spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Fire erupted on three cars, the company [...]

Train engineer in fatal derailment has sleep apnea

The National Transportation Safety Board will announce this week that the Metro-North Railroad engineer at the controls last year during a fatal derailment in the Bronx had an undiagnosed sleep disorder, according to a person with knowledge of the planned announcement.  The engineer, William Rockefeller, suffered from severe sleep apnea, which appeared to be aggravated [...]

‘Miracle’ no deaths in Chicago airport train crash

CHICAGO – A Chicago train driven by an apparently sleepy operator, which jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at one of the world’s busiest airports, could have caused untold death and destruction had the crash occurred during the day when the station is usually packed with travelers, a transportation expert said. More than [...]

Train carrying Canadian oil derails, leaks in Pa.

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A 120-car train making its way across Pennsylvania derailed Thursday morning, spilling thousands of gallons of oil and alarming observers who have called for stricter safety standards on trains hauling hazardous material. The train is owned by the New Jersey-based Norfolk Southern Corp — company officials told Reuters that 21 tank cars went off the [...]

Broken axle found at scene of N.D. derailment

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal investigators said Wednesday they have recovered a broken axle at the scene of an oil train derailment and fire in southeastern North Dakota but don’t know yet whether it caused the wreck. “We’ll want to know if it was the actual cause of the derailment, or was it broken during [...]

Oil train explodes, burns in crash with grain train

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A BNSF Railway grain train derailed and crashed into a crude oil train in North Dakota Monday afternoon, Dec. 30, causing tank cars to explode in towering mushroom-cloud flames. No one was injured in the accident that happened about 2:10 p.m. near Casselton, N.D., about 25 miles west of Fargo, but smoke billowed for hours [...]

BNSF offers reward for information of vandalism

A freight train carrying vehicles and commodities that overturned on railroad tracks near a north Tulsa community early Friday is being treated as an act of vandalism with company officials offering a $100,000 reward to help find the person responsible, officials said. Joe Faust, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman, said the company is working [...]

CN derailment in Minn. sends two to hospital

TWO  HARBORS, Minn. – Authorities are investigating what caused a train to derail just south of Two Harbors, Minn., Thursday (Dec. 5) afternoon. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, along with Two Harbors Police, the Minnesota DNR and rescue squads were called to the incident around 1:15 p.m. Read the complete story at Northlands Newscenter. This [...]

Seven dead in two separate railroad accidents

Seven people were killed in separate railroad accidents Sunday, Dec. 1, in New York and New Mexico. Three employees of the Southwest Railroad in New Mexico died when when the train’s locomotive plunged 40 feet into a ravine. In suburban New York City, a Metro-North commuter train derailed, killing four people and injuring 63, including 11 critically, [...]