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First responders often unprepared for derailments

Emergency personnel examine the wreckage of a train derailment near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania February 13, 2014. A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift, according to town and company officials. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY TRANSPORT)

Amid the sounds of wrenching metal and crackling fire, the hissing whine signaled that one of the overturned tank cars was doing its job. Flames licked the tanker just outside the state fairgrounds on July 11, 2012. Thousands of gallons of ethanol heated up inside the car. As pressure mounted, the intense heat weakened its shell, less than an inch ...

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Repairs done, Union Pacific reopens Texas line after floods

CORSICANA, Texas — Repairs have been completed on some washed-out tracks in North Texas blamed for a weekend derailment that sent two locomotives into floodwaters. A Union Pacific spokesman says the line about 4 miles north of Corsicana reopened at 7:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Spokesman Jeff DeGraff (duh-GRAF’) says work will continue to finish the cleanup and clear out equipment. ...

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Cleanup continues from North Texas derailment during storms

CORSICANA, Texas — Cleanup crews are dumping gravel to firm up an area near two overturned locomotives that derailed during North Texas flooding. A Union Pacific spokesman said Tuesday that crews are working to rebuild track washed away during storms north of Corsicana. Two crewmembers swam to safety after much of the 64-car train derailed early Saturday during storms that ...

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Train strikes semi in Forest River, N.D.

A crash between a train and a semi in Forest River, N.D., Friday morning resulted in no injuries and minor damage. It was about 9:40 a.m. when Christopher Romann, 32, of Moorhead was waiting for a train to pass on Brennen Street in Forest River, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol news release. Once the train cars had passed, ...

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New Wyoming rail yard takes opportunistic track

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A new crude-to-rail operation has begun operating in Casper, Wyoming, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. On Tuesday, Granite Peak Development unveiled its brand new $60 million crude-to-rail facility. The new facility is heavily focused on serving the Express Pipeline, which begins in Canada and connects to the Platte Pipeline, which runs to Illinois from Casper. This facility is unlike any ...

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CN freight train derails, catches fire (Video)

A Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed on Tuesday, causing over 20 railcars to catch on fire, according to the Associated Press. The train was made up of three locomotives hauling 100 railcars, two of which were carrying petroleum distillates, which ultimately caused the massive fire and billows of thick, black smoke. No members of ...

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Train derails in Dickinson, no injuries


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ On Saturday morning, Forum News Service reported that a train derailed in Dickinson, N.D. There were no injuries and no oil tank cars derailed. Four flatbed railcars and a boxcar went off of the tracks while the BNSF train was heading east. The derailment did cause a natural gas leak, but it is currently being contained. ...

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