June 27, 2016

Carrier at fault for June 3 Oregon derailment, says feds

Federal investigators are placing the blame squarely on Union Pacific Railroad for their lack of track maintenance as the cause of the June 3rd fiery derailment that resulted in a mass evacuation as 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the small town of Mosier, Oregon. Read the complete story here.  Photo courtesy of Silas […]

UP oil train derails and catches fire in Oregon

According to The Oregonian, a Union Pacific oil train traveling through the Columbia River Gorge derailed and caught fire Friday afternoon. Although no injuries were reported, local schools evacuated students and nearby state highways were shut down. The train originated from North Dakota and was carrying the volatile Bakken crude oil to Washington state. Eleven […]

Amtrak, BNSF sue feed company after derailment

On Friday, April 8, Amtrak filed a lawsuit against Cimarron Crossing Feeders, LLC, claiming “gross negligence” as the alleged cause of a derailment last month that left 32 passengers injured. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found in their investigation that one of the feed company’s trucks had struck the side of the railroad trucks, […]

Two CSX workers injured in Ohio train derailment

The Columbus Dispatch reported that yesterday, February 9, two CSX employees were injured when their train, bound for the Honda plant, collided with a stationary car. CSX has not yet issued a statement. Read the complete story here.    

FRA investigates Ohio train derailment and fire

CantonRep.com reported that Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) inspectors are now analyzing evidence to determine what led to the derailment of eight rail cars in the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway yard in Brewster, Ohio, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Cargo included flammable liquid that ignited upon impact, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents. […]

Freight cars derail in Minn.

News8000.com reported this morning that six mixed-freight cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed last night near Reno, Minn.  No injuries were reported.  Click here to read the entire article.

Wis. unveils rail safety bill in wake of derailments

Wisconsin State Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at improving rail safety in her state. Co-authored by Wisconsin State Sens. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), the bill would provide for more state rail track inspectors; require railroads to submit prevention and response plans to the state; provide training […]

Amtrak train derails in Northfield, Vermont

A southbound Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in central Vermont after apparently striking a rock slide, officials said. The accident occurred in the town of Northfield, about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. A spokesperson for the Montpelier Fire Department said they had reports of four people injured so far after five cars […]

Train derailment prompts evacuation in Tenn.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — A fire continued to burn Thursday afternoon at the site where a train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, and officials said firefighters have been trying to keep neighboring rail cars cool as they make efforts to move them away from the flames. At a 4:30 p.m. […]

NTSB issues second update on Amtrak derailment

WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing investigation into the May 12, 2015, derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia, the NTSB today provides this update on the analysis of the engineer’s cell phone and related records. The NTSB is conducting a detailed examination of the engineer’s cell phone calls, texts, data and cell phone […]