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Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday. A failure of the fastener between the railroad tie and the line was likely the problem, but more investigation will be required before railroad officials know for sure, Raquel Espinoza said Sunday. Union Pacific inspects the ...

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Critics: River route no place for oil trains after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. At least eleven cars derailed Friday in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the company said several caught fire. ...

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to complete a risk assessment and safety plan by ...

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Broken rail blamed for 2014 Lynchburg train derailment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal report has concluded that a broken rail was likely to blame for the April 2014 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. The National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings in a report released Wednesday. The April 30, 2014 derailment sent three oil tankers into the James River, dumping nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil ...

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Lac-Megantic settlement fund ready for distribution

Mourners walk the perimeter of the red zone as rescue workers line the streets following a memorial service to honour the victims of the train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

PORTLAND, Maine — The massive settlement fund for the families of 48 people killed in the July 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train explosion has been transferred into a trust and will go to victims’ families early next year. The bankruptcy trustee for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and the official overseeing bankruptcy proceedings in Canada announced late Tuesday that the ...

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Report: Human error, defects cause most railway incidents

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of crude oil-carrying train derailments in recent years have prompted federal regulators to focus on improving the safety of tanker cars, though a newspaper’s analysis of federal records show that track defects and human error are to blame for most incidents. Trains carrying Bakken crude — a type of highly volatile oil — have made safety ...

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