Tag: derailment

Lack of information sharing, integration impedes railroad industry R&D

‘There are disconnects all through the system’ By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Although February’s train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, has renewed calls to bolster railroad safety, the rail industry needs to be more proactive about how research and development efforts can advance the utilization of freight rail and encourage the railroads to think across departments, sources […]

NTSB investigating crash of two Union Pacific trains in Texas

Two people were hurt when a freight train crashed into another on a siding about 70 miles northwest of Dallas The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating a Sunday crash between two Union Pacific trains in Texas that left two crew members injured. A freight train traveling south hit an unoccupied train on […]

Longer trains, fewer workers: Minnesota derailment follows years of railroad cost cutting

By Trevor Hughes usatoday.com For decades, railroads have been able to both cut costs and improve safety.But union railroad workers – and federal statistics – suggest we may have reached a tipping point. Some train accident rates have risen nearly 25% in the past decade, and union workers say further cuts to staffing imperil the nation’s safety in the wake […]

Residents forced to evacuate after train carrying ethanol derails, catches fire in Minnesota

By Natalie Neysa Alund for usatoday.com A train carrying ethanol derailed early Thursday in rural Minnesota, and several cars caught fire, forcing nearby residents to evacuate homes as a precaution. The derailment took place at 1 a.m. in the small city of Raymond, the Raymond Fire Departmentreported. The city is in southwest Kandiyohi County about 110 miles west of Minneapolis. Homes […]

‘Crafting an illusion’: US rail firms’ multimillion-dollar PR push

Norfolk Southern, the company behind the Ohio train crash, and other rail firms spent millions on marketing and lobbying By Adam Lowenstein for theguardian.com Six children, smiling and laughing, sit at a table with lunch boxes open in front of them. “Hey guys! My dad can stop a train with his finger,” one brags. “My […]

Union Pacific derailment comes close to striking large propane tank

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief for rtands.com Union Pacific has not set a timeline on when a line of track in Albany County, Wyo., will be reopened following a 57-car derailment over the weekend. The cars that left the track were carrying grain, and crews were busy cleaning the area and repairing the track on Sunday. No […]

Arizona train derailment and fire described as ‘a scene from hell’

By Ray Sanchez and Hira Humayun, for cnn.com One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a Union Pacific train derailed andcaught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona, officials said Wednesday.Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky beneath a trail of flames on video and images from the […]

Union Pacific investigating cause of explosive train derailment

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) is investigating why a train carrying flammable liquid derailed and caught fire at UNP’s rail yard in Dupo, Illinois, on Sept. 10. Dupo is across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. A preliminary review of the accident indicates that train handling might have played a role in the derailment, according […]

Several train cars derail in northwest Iowa

HULL, Iowa (KCRG) – Authorities in northwest Iowa released new video of a train derailment. The Sioux County Sheriff’s office posted video to their Facebook page yesterday. It shows the aftermath of a derailment Wednesday afternoon near Hull, southeast of Sioux Falls. Investigators say 25 of the 83 cars derailed. There are no reported injuries. […]

Crews detonate 11 train cars in ‘fireball’ as part of cleanup of derailed Union Pacific train

EUREKA, Juab County — In order to safely continue cleanup of the aftermath of a derailed Union Pacific train in Juab County, officials conducted a “controlled detonation” of 11 cars carrying explosive materials. “The decision was made to detonate,” Juab County Undersheriff Brent Pulver said Sunday evening. The explosion was set off about 9:30 p.m. […]

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