Spain Experiences its Worst Train Accident in 40 Years

An increase in train derailments was one of the first symptoms of the approach of Planet X to become noticeable, being expressed even before Planet X entered the inner solar system in 2003.

Planet X was described as affecting the Earth from afar, like tugging on the edge of a spider web where the effects are felt elsewhere on the web; in this way there has been an increase in earthquakes and unpredictable weather going back years, even before Planet X entered the solar system, due to the increased swirling of the Earth’s core.

It is therefore logical that an increase in train derailments would accompany any increase in seismic activity – train tracks need to be straight and even the slightest shift to the side of a section of track would cause a train to derail.

The area most affected by train derailments is the stretch zone.  Stretch zone quakes are silent, and people are generally unaware anything is happening, although signs such as booms and trumpet sounds can occur.

This zone stretches from Western Europe across the Eurasian Plate, and also includes the South-East United States, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Red Sea and the African Rift.

In other parts of the world, shifting ground is more associated with earthquakes that people are aware of, such as the Pacific which is compressing, so authorities inspect railway tracks after any seismic activity, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo 20 hours ago

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/02/us-train-fire-csx-idUSKCN...

Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:49pm EDT

Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed and a rail car caught fire in Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of nine for breathing in fumes, officials said.

The evacuation of homes and businesses took place after the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp (CSX.N) train in Blount County, eastern Tennessee, they said.

Nine people were admitted to Blount Memorial Hospital with respiratory issues, while another 21 were held for observation in the emergency room, hospital spokesman Josh West said.

Matt Farr, his brother and their parents woke up to the news in Maryville city and grabbed a change of clothes at about 8:30 a.m. ET before heading to a nearby animal center to drop off their Yorkie dog, Rosie.

Farr, 21, said the four residents planned to stay at a nearby hotel until the evacuation is lifted.

"We didn't think we'd be there that long, but now it's starting to look like we may be there for a couple days," he said from the animal center. "We've had trains derail before, but not with chemicals, so it's pretty bad."

Firefighters were allowing the blaze to burn itself out on the advice of specialists, as attempts to extinguish it could be hazardous, Blount County firefighter Kermit Easterling said.

The county has urban and rural areas and is also home to part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he said.

Of the 30 people at the hospital, 10 officers - five each from the Blount County Sheriff's Office and the Alcoa Police Department - were exposed to chemical-laden fumes from the blaze, sheriff's spokeswoman Marian O'Briant said.

HAZARDOUS

CSX said a tank car loaded with acrylonitrile, a hazardous material used in manufacturing plastics and other industrial processes, derailed on the train headed to Waycross, Georgia, from Cincinnati, Ohio. It said no one was injured in the derailment.

The substance is flammable and presents an inhalation risk, CSX said. The 57-car train included 27 carrying hazardous materials, including cars carrying acrylonitrile on either side of the burning rail car, it said.

There was no crude oil among the 57 cars, CSX said.

The incident comes on the heels of other derailments in North America.

In May, a train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Wells County, North Dakota, forcing the evacuation of a nearby town, according to local media.

In March, a freight train with cars carrying methanol derailed in central Texas. In February, 11 railway cars carrying ethanol fuel derailed in Iowa. Officials said there were no injuries in these U.S. incidents.

EVACUATION

Maryville residents could be forced from their homes for up to two days and the Red Cross has set up a shelter in a nearby high school, officials said.

About 100 people were sheltered at Heritage High School in Maryville early Thursday, while many others opted to stay with friends and family, O'Briant said.

CSX said it was offering displaced residents assistance, including lodging.

"People are coming in left and right now," Peter O'Neill, volunteer director at the Blount County Red Cross, said in a telephone interview. "We have food set up. Cots. And we sent games for the kids."

Residents within a two-mile radius were evacuated initially, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The zone was changed to 1-1/2 miles later on Thursday, O'Briant said.

Maryville officials recommended as a precaution that some residents refrain from drinking well water until groundwater contamination could be ruled out, according to a city government Facebook post.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo 21 hours ago

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33368391 

Double whammy, bridge collapsed plunging train into the canal.

Asia

Train plunges into canal in Pakistan, killing 12

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Security officials rescue passengers after a train dreailed into a canal near Gujranwala, 80 kilometers north of Lahore, Pakistan, 02 July 2015.Four carriages of the train derailed after part of the bridge collapsed

At least 12 soldiers have been killed in Pakistan after a train carrying hundreds of army personnel derailed from a bridge and plunged into a canal.

The army said four carriages derailed after part of the bridge collapsed near Wazirabad in Punjab province.

It was not clear what caused the bridge to collapse, but reports said it dated back to the British colonial era.

Khawaja Saad Rafique, Pakistan's railways minister, suggested sabotage may have been involved in the accident.

"It seems like some other hand must be involved because derailment does not happen like this," he told local media.

The dead reportedly included a senior officer.

Mr Rafique called the incident "unprecedented".

"It could either be a case of a blast or someone has tried to loosen the fish-plate on the track," he told Karachi's Geo TV.

A preliminary report would be issued on Thursday night, followed by a more detailed report within 72 hours, he said.

Comment by Mark on Wednesday

Freight train derails near Lincoln

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/06/freight-train-derails-near-lincoln/

The lines between Lincoln Central and Market Rasen and Grimsby are currently closed after a derailed freight train near Lincoln.
The incident happened at around 2.40pm near Station Road (A159) level crossing at Langworth.

Around eight wagons have derailed from a DB Schenker train which totalled 22 wagons. Both lines of the railway are blocked.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended the derailment and confirmed that there are no spillages of chemicals and no injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Wednesday

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Train-Derails-In-Rural-Central-T...

Train Derails In Rural Central Texas

BREMOND (June 30, 2015) 

Fourteen cars of a Union Pacific train derailed early Tuesday in a rural area south of Bremond in Robertson County.

The cars, which were hauling sand, derailed at around 5 a.m. Tuesday along state Highway 14 between Carroll Bashinski Road and Tidwell Prairie Road.

There were no reports of injuries.

The train was bound from Wisconsin to San Antonio.

The derailment was the second in a little more than two weeks.

On June 12 ten cars loaded with corn derailed in Kosse, about 10 miles north of Bremond in neighboring Limestone County.

No one was hurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Monday

http://www.kxlf.com/story/29428028/train-derails-north-of-dillion-c...

Posted: Jun 28, 2015 9:06 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 28, 2015 9:07 PM EDT

Train derails north of Dillion causing backups on I-15

Photo courtesy @T_GorgatelliPhoto courtesy @T_Gorgatelli
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DILLON -A train derailed north of Dillon Sunday afternoon closing down a part of I-15.  Montana Highway Patrol says a train derailed in the Glen area of I-15 around 2:30 forcing traffic to be rerouted through Whitehall.

 Trooper Michael Voss says the train derailment caused structure damage to the north bound bridge.  He says one of the train cars was carrying logs and another was carrying Magnesium chloride which is used for dust abatement.

Montana Department of Transportation is on scene investigating the accident.
Comment by Mark on June 17, 2015 at 4:05pm

Derailed train had come from the Sault

http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=93233

A derailment that occurred around 30 kilometres west of Sudbury Saturday afternoon should be cleaned up by Wednesday night, said the company that operates the train involved in the derailment.

“We are cleaning up presently,” said Manon Beauchemin, vice-president of administration with Geneese & Wyoming Canada Inc., which owns Huron Central Railway, the small rail company involved in the derailment.

Because there were no injuries or hazardous materials on board the train, Beauchemin said the company is responsible for the investigation.

Huron Central operates a 278-kilometre rail line from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury, that interchanges with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. Its customers include Essar Steel and Domtar.

The train that derailed Saturday, near the intersection of Municipal Road 4 and Bay Street, was carrying large steel coils. It was headed east, from Sault Ste. Marie toward Sudbury.

Beauchemin said around 15 cars left the track.

Comment by Mark on June 17, 2015 at 4:00pm

Metrorail train derails, 7 injured

http://www.enca.com/south-africa/train-derails-leaving-7-injured

JOHANNESBURG – Three people are seriously injured and five others are being treated for minor injuries after a train at the Doorfontien station derailed.

Gauteng spokesperson Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said, “The accident happened after 12 midday. There were 70 people on the train and seven have minor injuries.”

“The train was travelling from Pretoria towards Park Station when the last two cabins derailed,” she added.

City of Joburg emergency services on Twitter said, “Three people have been seriously injured and others are being treated for minor injuries.”

Mofokeng said, “Trains coming from the Eastern side of Johannesburg, are running 2 hours late, as our teams are working re-railing the train and pull it out.”

This accident come almost a month after as head on train collison in which killed two and left seven with serious injuries.

Metrorail is still investigating the accident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 17, 2015 at 3:49am

http://tribune.com.pk/story/904524/eight-injured-as-breach-in-dadu-...

Railway accident: Dadu canal breach derails six coaches

Published: June 16, 2015
Eight people were injured when six coaches of a Quetta-bound Bolan Mail derailed in Shikarpur on Tuesday. The incident occurred due to a breach in the Dadu canal that allowed water to flow alongside the railway track, washing away its foundation. PHOTO: ONLINE

Eight people were injured when six coaches of a Quetta-bound Bolan Mail derailed in Shikarpur on Tuesday. The incident occurred due to a breach in the Dadu canal that allowed water to flow alongside the railway track, washing away its foundation. PHOTO: ONLINE

SUKKUR: Six coaches of a Quetta-bound Bolan Mail derailed between the Madeji and Ruk railway stations in Shikarpur district on Tuesday. No fatalities were reported, but eight injured people were shifted to Civil Hospital, Shikarpur.

The breach occurred in the Dadu canal near RD-96 on Monday night and water flowed alongside the railway track, washing away the foundation of the track. When the Bolan Mail reached the spot, putting pressure on the track, six coaches derailed, injuring eight passengers.

Comment by Mark on June 15, 2015 at 12:08pm

Disruption for Glasgow passengers as train derails

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/u/disruption-for-glasgow-passeng...

No-one was injured in the derailment of the engineering train in the earlier today at the Greenhill Upper Junction, around three miles west of Falkirk.

The junction is where the main Glasgow to Edinburgh line meets with that heading towards Stirling and Alloa.

The accident and its knock-on to the network comes just 24 hours after work on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line got under way, with passengers expected to face at least six weeks of significant disruption.

The Winchburgh tunnel near Linlithgow in West Lothian will be closed to allow upgrades to be carried out.

The new organisation set up by ScotRail franchise holder Abellio and Network Rail said the derailment had forced some services to Glasgow Queen Street to use alternative routes, impacting upon already lengthened journey times.

A ScotRail Alliance spokesman said: "In the early hours of Sunday morning an engineering train derailed at low speed at Greenhill Upper Junction, north of Glasgow.

"The derailment is a minor incident with only one set of wheels off the rails. The train remains upright and undamaged and there have been no injuries to staff.

"Engineers are on-site working to rerail the wagon and remove the train from the area, but the incident has caused some damage to the track below which will also require repairs.

"We are working to restore normal services as quickly as possible, but the incident is likely to affect trains throughout Sunday."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 12, 2015 at 6:31am

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/spring/news/train-derails-off-bridge...

Train derails off bridge over Old Katy Road and Washington Avenue n...

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:24 pm | Updated: 9:28 pm, Thu Jun 11, 2015.

Commuters down Old Katy Road near the 610 Loop were turned away early Thursday morning after a train derailed and fell off the bridge onto the pavement below. Officials say no one was injured in the accident.

Around 8:30 a.m., a westbound Kansas City Southern train traveling between Beaumont and Kendleton derailed at the Eureka Junction in West Houston.

The 84-car train had two locomotives.

Kansas City Southern operates a two-man crew, a conductor and an engineer, and neither was injured in the accident according to Union Pacific spokesperson Jeff DeGraff.

Nine cars, including the locomotive, came off the rails and two cars came off the overpass; one landing on Old Katy Road and the other coming to rest on the embankment.

According to DeGraff, the derailed car that landed on the street was transporting plastic pellets and the car on the embankment was carrying soy beans.

DeGraff confirmed that there were no hazardous materials involved in the incident.

Crews from Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern are on the scene attempting to upright and re-rail the cars and conduct repairs to the track according to DeGraff. Crews with R.J. Corman Railroad Group are leading the rerailing efforts.

“There was significant damage and it will take some time to cut and replace those rails,” he said. “Union Pacific will be handling the cleanup and rerail since it’s their track.”

The dmaged track remains closed, but the track on the north sideof the bridge was not damaged. DeGraff said it is being used to allow trains to bring supplies to the crews. Old Katy road is closed in both directions while repairs are being done.

DeGraff said vacuum trucks are being used to offload the products, but he was unsure how long the process will take, but he is hopeful that the roadway will be cleared by Thursday evening.

“We’re beginning a lengthy process to upright the cars and clear the area,” he said. “It will take several hours to get the product offloaded from the cars.”

The cause of the train’s derailment is currently under investigation.

“ I’m unsure on the facts on how the derailment occurred and the actions of the crew,” he said. “That investigation has already started, but it will take some time.

“We’re in the process of downloading that information from the data recorders that were on both locomotives,” he said. “There was one locomotive at the head of the train and one in the middle of the train to give it distributed power. We’ve pulled the data recorders from both locomotives that will help give us an idea of how the train was functioning and what was happening when the event occurred.”

DeGraff added that investigators will also analyze video from the locomotives and get the account of the accident from the engineer and conductor on board the train.

“Once the trains have been pulled out, we’ll start doing measurements and inspections and scans of the track and the wheels of the cars involved. All of that gets put together to give us the full picture,” he said.

About four hours after the accident, crews had removed the cars that were upright on the track and a locomotive was able to pull them away.

“We’re going to bring in a locomotive from the east side to attach to the back end of the train and we will pull those cars east to our Pierce yard,” he said.

DeGraff said there is no history of problems at this junction to his knowledge.

“I’d have to go back and look through our logs to see if there have been any specific issues,” he said.

DeGraff says they’re doing their best to make the roadways passable as soon as possible, but they will not be able to assess how much damage was done to the pavement until the cars are removed.

“Certainly our focus is on getting this roadway reopened so we can have a minimal impact on the public,” he said.

DeGraff said because no one was injured in the accident, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were not called to the scene. He says Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern will work together on the investigation.

“Certainly we are very fortunate that there were no injuries at all sustained by the crew or any of the passing motorists, which is why the investigation into why this happened is very important, so we can make sure to avoid future incidents like this,” he said.

DeGraff said Union Pacific doesn’t wait for red flags such as this to examine the infrastructure of the company.

“We invest a considerable amount of private capital into our infrastructure, such as these tracks and these bridges,” he said. “In Texas alone we’ve spent $300 million over the last 10 years to upgrade our tracks. We take this very seriously because we want to avoid incidents like this. We’ll certainly be looking into this incident and see if there’s additional work that needs to be done. Our derailments have gone down considerably the last 10 years.”

DeGraff said officials have not yet estimated how much the clean up operation will cost.

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