August 22, 2014

Worker dies in railroad tank car near Las Vegas

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A worker at a North Las Vegas business died in a railroad tank car early Saturday, the North Las Vegas Fire Department said. Witnesses told fire crews that their co-worker had lost consciousness inside the empty tank car and was unable to climb out. Firefighters discovered that the tank car contained highly volatile ethanol vapors [...]

CN fuel cars derail, explode near Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta – A Canadian National Railway train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed and exploded about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, prompting an evacuation in the tiny community of Gainford. Parkland County Emergency Services says it received a call about the accident involving a westbound train around 1 a.m. MT Saturday. [...]

Railroad industry awaits new tank car regulations

BISMARCK — As oil industry representatives met here Tuesday to discuss the ever changing industry, one thing was clear, there will be new regulations over shipping crude oil by train. After the July derailment in Canada of a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota, the crude-by-rail safety inspections by the Obama administration, dubbed the [...]

Calif. propane tank car fire forces mass evacuation

UPDATE: Fire officials said at 10:30 p.m., Pacific time, Wednesday, Aug. 24, that the effort to siphon the remaining propane from the burning tank car has been successful and that the evacuation order should be rescinded before dawn Aug. 25. LINCOLN, Calif. – A tank car filled with 29,000 pounds of liquid propane was on fire Wednesday [...]