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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Indian Railways: Faizabad Express derails near Hapur

Seven coaches of Indian Railways Faizabad - Delhi Express got derailed near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh this evening resulting in injury to some passengers.

By: PTI | Published: May 2, 2016 11:34 AM

Seven coaches of Indian Railways Faizabad – Delhi Express got derailed near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh this evening resulting in injury to some passengers.

“Seven coaches including four AC coaches, two sleeper coaches were derailed at 9.05 pm. No death has been reported so far but some passengers have suffered injuries,” said the Northern Railway Spokesperson Neeraj Sharma.

He said a relief train and medical van have been rushed to the spot.

Northern Railway General Manager A K Puthia along with senior officials have rushed to the spot, he added.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo yesterday

Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical

Associated Press
Published: May 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Officials warned Washington D.C. area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

The train derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station and one of the cars leaked sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents, CSX said.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said no trains will be running on the tracks Monday and CSX couldn't say how long the cleanup might take.

"We understand that this a significant inconvenience to commuters and to this community so we're working as quickly as we possibly can with safety as the first priority," CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said.

Sodium hydroxide, also known as corrosive lye, is a chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes. D.C. Fire and EMS Deputy Chief John Donnelly said officials believe about half of the 15,500 gallon tanker leaked into the rail bed and ground before it was plugged, but no problems have been reported.

"At this point all of the air monitoring has been good," Donnelly said.

The Federal Railroad Administration issued a statement later Sunday that 15 cars had derailed, nine of them empty and one a general freight car carrying scrap steel. Spokesman Matthew Lehner said five were tank cars, including the one loaded with sodium hydroxide.

Officials found that another derailed car had been leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride, CSX said. That leak has also been plugged, the company said.

A third car was slowly leaking ethanol from the base of a valve, CSX said. Officials worked to re-seal the valve, and the spilled the ethanol has been contained.

It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment of the train, which was heading to Hamlet, North Carolina, from Cumberland, Maryland.

Crews were inspecting the tracks, which are used by CSX, the MARC commuter rail system and Amtrak. The Metro tracks are above and adjacent to the derailment site.

MARC officials said commuters should expect major services disruptions on the Brunswick Line Monday. MARC said trains likely won't operate past Silver Spring and urged residents to find an alternative way to get to work.

The Red Line's Rhode Island Station was also closed and Metro was reporting delays along that line. Metro officials said they hoped to have Red Line service fully restored Sunday evening.

Photos tweeted by D.C. Fire and Emergency showed cars in a zigzag line across the tracks.

Chris Nellum said he lives nearby and his window looks directly over the tracks.

"I thought it was like a semi-truck coming toward the building and when I looked out the window, I saw cars piling up," said Nellum, who had just moved in the night before. "So I'm not even used to hearing trains. It was jarring."

Nellum said his girlfriend tried to leave the area and was told to stay put, but she eventually found a way out.

"She's an environmentalist so she is very concerned about whatever is leaking," he said.

The CSX train had three locomotives and 175 cars, including 94 that were loaded with mixed freight, and 81 that were empty.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 27, 2016 at 3:55am

Sampark Kranti Express derails again

B B Goswami | TNN | Apr 27, 2016, 06.36 AM IST

Silchar: Within four days, the New Delhi-Silchar Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express was derailed again in the Lumding-Silchar hill section of the Northeast Frontier Railway.

The train, comprising 21 coaches, had left Silchar at 6.30pm on Monday for New Delhi. Rail service in the hill section was disrupted as a pair of wheels of the luggage cum parcel van of 15601 Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express was derailed at about 1.50am on Tuesday. This happened between Mahur and Phiding stations, about 83 km from Lumding, amid inclement weather conditions. There was no report of any injury to passengers.

On Saturday, two wheels of the front engine of 15602 UP Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express derailed between Ditokcherra and Bandarkhal station in the Lumding-Silchar hill section. There were no injuries in the incident either.

A senior NFR official said running of normal train services in the Lumding-Silchar hill section resumed from 1.20pm on Tuesday after the derailed luggage cum parcel van was re-railed at 8am on Tuesday. The 15601 Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express, which was stranded at New Haflong, left for Lumding on its onward journey. However, train services in the Lumding-Silchar hill section are being controlled, following the derailment.

Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express of April 26, scheduled to leave Guwahati at 6.15pm, has been rescheduled to leave at 10.15pm from Guwahati. The Guwahati-Silchar Kanchanjungha Express of April 26 will remain cancelled between Guwahati and Silchar. Silchar-Guwahati Kanchanjungha Express of April 27 will remain cancelled between Silchar and Guwahati. Guwahati-Silchar fast passenger of April 25, which was rescheduled to leave from Guwahati at 10.30am on April 26, was cancelled. Silchar-Guwahati fast passenger of April 26 will be short-terminated at Chandranathpur and will return to Silchar as a special train.

Apart from derailment, train services are being affected every now and then in the Lumding-Silchar Hill section over the past few weeks due to frequent landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in the region. The hill section was converted to broad gauge last year and the first BG passenger train was launched in the newly converted section on November 21.

NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said weather condition continues to remain inclement in the affected areas and road communication to the Barak Valley also remains disrupted.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 21, 2016 at 5:53am

Train derails in Fostoria

No one was injured Monday when a CSX freight train derailed in Fostoria. Eleven of the train’s more than 230 cars tumbled onto their sides at about 6:40 a.m. near the Columbus Avenue crossing. The derailed cars were empty. (Photo by Leyland Spencer)No one was injured Monday when a CSX freight train derailed in Fostoria. Eleven of the train’s more than 230 cars tumbled onto their sides at about 6:40 a.m. near the Columbus Avenue crossing. The derailed cars were empty. (Photo by Leyland Spencer

FOSTORIA — No one was injured Monday morning when a CSX freight train traveling through Fostoria derailed near the Iron Triangle.

Eleven of the train’s more than 230 cars came off the tracks and tumbled onto their sides at about 6:40 a.m. while preparing to maneuver around a curve at the Columbus Avenue railroad crossing. The derailed cars were empty, according to the Associated Press.

Dean Henry, public information officer for the Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, said no hazardous materials were released and no injuries were reported. Fostoria Fire Division and emergency medical personnel did respond to assist CSX in its cleanup efforts.

According to the Associated Press, the train of more than 230 cars and five locomotives left Walbridge and was en route to Cumberland, Maryland. The company said at least 75 cars on the train were carrying freight that included automotive parts, agricultural products and consumer goods.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Matt Lehner, public affairs director with the Federal Railroad Administration, said an inspector for the organization was on scene Monday afternoon assessing the damage and reviewing the circumstances that led to the incident.

Columbus Avenue, between Crocker and Town streets, was closed for most of the day Monday while a contractor with CSX spent several hours putting derailed cars back on the track.

There was no word Monday night on when Columbus Avenue would reopen.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 15, 2016 at 4:05am

Railroad company BNSF investigating cause of derailment

5:51 p.m. CDT April 14, 2016

The railroad company that was hauling 118 rail cars Wednesday when 11 of them derailed is in charge of investigating the incident.

"At this point, this is a BNSF investigation," Joe Faust, public affairs director for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, said Thursday

The BNSF train was heading west out of Lafayette around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when 11 cars jumped the tracks near Pecan Grove Road, between Cameron and Willow streets.

All the cars remained upright except a tank car containing phosphoric acid. Luckily, it didn't leak, but residents in 138 homes were forced to evacuate until 8:30 p.m.

The cause of the derailment has not been determined, but BNSF is conducting "a full investigation" that will probably take at least 30 days to conclude, Faust said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration investigates some train derailments, but not this one.

An FRA inspector visited the derailment site and remained on the scene until the rail cars were placed upright Wednesday night, an FRA spokesperson wrote in an email response to The Daily Advertiser's inquiry.

A derailment must meet certain criteria for the FRA to conduct an investigation.

Those criteria include a derailment resulting in a fatality or serious injury, derailment of a large number of cars resulting in extensive property damage, a derailment resulting in the "release of hazardous materials and incidents involving an evacuation, especially if it poses an imminent safety hazard to persons in the surrounding locale," or incidents that "arouse considerable public interest."

Faust wouldn't say what was in the other 10 derailed cars, only that it was "mixed freight." Some of the cars were empty, he said.

The track and ballast — rocks that support the rail —  were replaced, allowing trains to travel the route again, Faust said. A crossing near the derailment remained closed Thursday afternoon but was expected to re-open by mid-day Friday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 13, 2016 at 11:24pm

Posted: Apr 13, 2016 11:50 AM EST Updated: Apr 13, 2016 1:31 PM EST

Train derails in Scott; trailer park being evacuated

Several cars of a train traveling through Scott partially derailed Wednesday morning, but no injuries have been reported. 

The cars partially derailed near the intersection of the tracks and Pecan Grove Road at about 10:30 a.m. 

As of 12:40 p.m., officials are saying that, although one car was carrying a dangerous chemical, no leaks have been detected. A company that specializes in hazardous materials leaks is en route from Houston to verify that, Lafayette Fire officials said. 

Residents within a quarter mile of the tracks to the north were evacuated, including the Little Blessings day care center and the G&R trailer park. Those residents currently are at the Scott Events Center. 

As of 1 p.m., according to State Police, the following streets are affected by the evacuation: Pecan Grove Road, Benford, Hobby, Gary, Finley, Clay and Shell. 

Cameron Street was closed between Westgate and Ambassador Caffery for approximately two hours, but as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday it had been reopened. 

Although it is unclear who ordered the evacuation, employees at Service Chevrolet on Ambassador Caffery, south of the tracks, say they were evacuated this morning; by 1 p.m. the dealership was open again. 

Since the incident was reported at about 10:30 Thursday morning, there has been confusion among various first responding agencies regarding the facts of the derailment. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office spokesmen reported at one point that there was a leak on the train, but the Lafayette Fire Department has stated that no leak has been detected. The LPSO's spokesmen have since stated that no leak has been detected.

The LPSO spokesmen also stated that the evacuation was a one-mile radius, but again the Fire Department spokesman said it was only a quarter mile, and just north of the railroad tracks. Telephone calls to businesses located within the one-mile radius indicate that those employees were still in place, and business owners tell KATC TV3 that they have not been contacted by anyone. 

Lafayette Fire officials said the substance on the train was phosphoric acid.

Phosphoric acid is mainly used to make fertilizers, detergents, and pharmaceuticals, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It becomes dangerous if it's inhaled, ingested or comes in contact with the skin or eyes and can cause irritation of eyes, skin, upper respiratory system; burns; and dermatitis, according to the CDC.


12:30 p.m. update: 

Cameron Street is now open.  

Although deputies say the evacuation zone is one mile, firefighters say the evacuation zone is only a quarter mile north of the railroad tracks. 

The mobile home north of the railroad tracks in Scott, near Pecan Grove Road, is being evacuated.  Residents are being taken to the Scott Event Center where Red Cross will be assisting them.  We're told the substance in the car is phosphoric acid, and it is not believed to be airborne at this time.

Phosphoric acid is mainly used to make fertilizers, detergents, and pharmaceuticals, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It becomes dangerous if it's inhaled, ingested or comes in contact with the skin or eyes and can cause irritation of eyes, skin, upper respiratory system; burns; and dermatitis, according to the CDC.

 Firefighters say they're unsure if the car is leaking.  


Authorities are responding to a train derailment in Scott near Pecan Grove Road. 

Details are scarce, but a KATC reporter on scene says evacuations are under way on Cameron Street from Ambassador Caffery Parkway toward Scott as far as the reporter can see.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2016 at 7:46am

Train derails near 124th Street and Capitol Drive April 10 in Wauwatosa

April 10, 2016 7:54 p.m.

Railroad officials are reportedly investigating a derailed train in Wauwatosa.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a derailed train at 4:57 p.m. April 10, said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case. The incident occurred near Home Depot on 124th Street and Capitol Drive, he said.

Fire department members verified there were no hazards and that no injuries occurred, Case said. All train cars remained upright and were believed to be empty. Case added it did not appear that any tank cars were involved.

Union Pacific Railroad was on scene when fire department officials left and will continue to investigate the situation, Case said.

Union Pacific did not immediately respond to media requests Sunday evening.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 9, 2016 at 7:26pm

Tewksbury freight train derails

04/09/2016 10:28:55 AM EDT

TEWKSBURY -- A Pan-Am Railways train carrying carbon dioxide derailed off Shawsheen Street at midday Friday, but it did not result in any injuries, leaks or damage, officials said.

Three cars carrying carbon dioxide derailed off the tracks around 12:30 p.m. in the area of 1600 Shawsheen St. All cars remained upright.

Numerous fire and hazardous materials first-responders, along with train employees from Pan Am Railways, worked throughout the afternoon to return the rail cars back on the tracks -- which were not on a commuter rail line.

Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel said the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

"It could have been due to the recent rain. It's unclear," Hazel said.

"It was pretty uneventful," he added. "The Pan Am workers fixed it pretty quickly."

The train was making a delivery to Praxair, which offers compressed carbon-dioxide gas and liquid carbon dioxide in a variety of purities and concentrations, according to its website.

The refrigerated carbon dioxide is a non-flammable gas, said Hazel. He added, "in this case, there was no damage to the train."

Pan Am Railroad spokesman Cynthia Scarano said they are investigating the cause, and may have a positive conclusion in a few days.

"We'll look at the black box and make a determination," Scarano said.

She said the conductor and engineer on board were not injured.

The state Department of Fire Services Hazardous Materials Response team was on the scene.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 6, 2016 at 5:34am

ONR train with seven acid cars derails in North Bay

Seven rail cars are off the tracks, but believed to be empty
This rail car being held up by trees. Photo by Chris Dawson.

NORTH BAY — An ONR train derailment early this morning left rail cars hanging from trees off Highway 63, and caused police to close the highway for a time.

The road has now been re-opened.

Three homes were evacuated as police feared the rail cars might roll down the hill and onto the house. A couple of cars are just feet from a house and Malcolm Small Engines business. 

The accident occurred about 30-40 metres from the road.  The rail cars came off tracks on a the rail line running parallel with Highway 63 between Silver Lady Lane and Peninsula Road.  

Seven sulphuric acid rail cars of a total of 25, are off the tracks, but are empty. 

Renée Baker, Communications Manager at ONTC told BayToday that, "At 5:30 this morning 25 empty rail cars derailed about six miles north of North Bay. There were no in juries and no environmental concerns and no spills. Our crews are currently re-railing the cars."

Baker said an engineer and conductor were on the train at the time.

Mayor Al McDonald says, "The derailment was believed to be 24 cars, West of Peninsula. We believe the cars to be empty. The fire department is on scene, ONR representatives. We have sent our engineer to the site. 

"We believe there is no diesel spill from train engine as engine did not leave track. They may have to close the highway again for clean up of train cars as some cars leaning against trees." 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 3, 2016 at 7:53pm

2 Dead After Amtrak Train Derails Outside Philadelphia

By Reuters On 4/3/16 at 10:52 AM

A damaged window is seen on an Amtrak passenger train near Chester, Pennsylvania, in this social media picture from Glenn Hills Jr taken Sunday.

An Amtrak train locomotive partly derailed when it struck a backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, and two people were killed in the accident, television stations reported.

Amtrak, the U.S. passenger train company, said about 31 passengers had been transported to hospitals, none with life-threatening injuries.

Services were suspended between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, until early Sunday afternoon, it said in a statement. It had said earlier it was suspending service between Philadelphia and New York.

The southbound Palmetto train running from New York to Savannah, Georgia, had about 341 passengers and seven crew members aboard when it struck the backhoe and partly derailed, Amtrak said.

Philadelphia's ABC and NBC television affiliates reported two deaths. The Amtrak statement did not mention any deaths. Spokesmen for the Chester police and fire departments were not available for immediate comment.

Fox News said those killed were construction workers who were unable to clear the tracks in time. It quoted witnesses as saying the train's horn sounded before it struck the equipment.

Passenger Stephanie Burroughs described a fireball and windows on the train being blown out upon impact.

"The conductor did inform us that there was a fatality, that there were people working on the track," she told Fox News.

A spokesman for the Trainer United Methodist Church in Chester, about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, said it was being used as a staging area and hundreds of passengers were in the church's gymnasium.

In one of Amtrak's deadliest recent accidents, eight people were killed and 43 hurt last May when a New York-bound train derailed in Philadelphia. Officials are still determining the cause of that crash.

Last month, about three dozen people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Kansas.

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