July 1, 2015

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, [...]

Train carrying crude oil derails, explodes in Ala.

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A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, leaving 11 cars burning and potentially bolstering the push for tougher regulation of a boom in moving oil by rail. No injuries have been reported, but 20 of the train’s cars derailed and 11 were still [...]

Crew member texting before Ind. derailment

A federal investigation found a freight train crew member was distracted by text messaging soon before crashing into a stopped train in northwestern Indiana, causing the derailment of more than two dozen locomotives and rail cars. The January 2012 derailment in a rural area a few miles from Valparaiso prompted the evacuation of more than [...]

Spain train derailment kills 78

At least 78 people have been killed in the passenger train derailment in northwestern Spain on July 24. More than 140 were hurt, 36 seriously, after all eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near Santiago de Compostela. Read the complete story at British Broadcasting Corporation.  

Train disaster spurs rail vs. pipeline debate

A train disaster that killed five people in Quebec promises to touch off debate over the safety of shipping crude oil by rail or pipelines such as TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL. As authorities began investigating the explosion of refinery-bound tank cars hauled by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd., Quebec’s Green Party demanded stricter [...]

Three confirmed dead in freight train explosion

QUEBEC – The official death toll has grown to three Lac-Mégantic, Que., one day after a derailed train carrying crude oil exploded in the town’s core, levelling buildings and forcing as many as 2,000 people from their homes. Quebec provincial police said two more bodies were discovered overnight in the hardest hit area in the [...]