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 3 hours ago

Crude oil train derails, catches fire while traveling through Illinois

05 MAR 2015 AT 20:11 ET   

NSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company.

The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety.

Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local that two of the cars were potentially on fire. Images posted online by Dubuque Scanner showed flames several hundred feet high, while aerial footage showed the wreck spread across two sets of track.

The train with 105 loaded cars — 103 of them carrying crude oil — derailed around 1:20 p.m. CST (1920 GMT), according to a BNSF statement. The incident occurred on what appears to be a major rail line alongside the Mississippi River that handles as many as 50 oil-trains a week, one official said.

“The sky is pretty dark down there, the smoke is pretty black,” said Kevin Doyle, whose property borders the tracks. “If you’re standing on the tracks you can throw a rock in the water.”

BNSF said there were no reported injuries and no evacuations. The Berkshire Hathaway Inc unit did not know what had caused the derailment, which occurred about 3 miles outside Galena, a town of just over 3,000 on the border with Wisconsin.

Eight cars derailed, according to Galena City Administrator Mark Moran, six of which had tumbled onto their side. He said emergency responders were called back to Galena as a precaution, and BNSF responders had taken over control of the site. It was not clear if oil had spilled from the tank cars.

It was also not immediately clear where the train originated or where it was heading. Chicago, which is 160 miles east, is a major rail hub for shipments from both North Dakota and Canada’s oil sands. It was unclear if the train’s tank cars were older models widely criticized for being prone to puncture during accidents.

About 40 to 50 oil trains come through the area each week, Jo Daviess County Emergency Manager Charles Pedersen said. He had said earlier that there was no explosion or fire at the site.

The accident is just the latest involving oil trains in the United States and Canada.

In 2013, 47 people were killed in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. The last incident was just three weeks ago.

Last month, a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailment in nearby Dubuque, Iowa, spilled ethanol fuel into the water and set three cars on fire. Dubuque, which is 14 miles to the north west of Galena, has almost 60,000 inhabitants.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the federal agency was not investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

Emergency crews respond to train derailment in Trinity

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

Train derails near Meacham; 10 cars go off track

March 2, 2015 1:18PM

A train has derailed near Meacham, sending one car loaded with hazardous materials down an embankment near Meacham Creek.

A train derailed early Monday morning near Meacham, sending one tank car loaded with hazardous materials down an embankment near Meacham Creek.

The incident happened at about 6:20 a.m., with 10 cars total jumping off track. Nine cars were empty, though one did contain liquid petroleum gas residue, said Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo.

Castillo did not immediately know what was inside the loaded tank car, but did confirm it was not crude oil. No spills were reported, and the incident remains under investigation.

The 95-car train was heading from Idaho into Oregon, Castillo said, bound for Union Pacific’s Hinkle Yard near Hermiston. The derailment took place in a remote area, and no structures were nearby.

A hazardous materials team is on the scene to ensure no hazardous materials are spilled into the creek. Eight trains have been delayed as a result of the derailment.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

CORRECTION: The derailment did not occur on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, as was previously reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Monday

Train derails spilling soybeans in Scottsburg

UPDATED 12:15 PM EST Mar 02, 2015

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. —A train derailed Monday morning in Scottsburg, Indiana, spilling a load of soybeans.

Dispatchers said the derailment happened just before 9 a.m. on Fairgrounds Road.

According to the Emergency Management Agency director, the end of the train that derailed.

Cleanup is underway to pick up the soybeans, which are now mixed in with the snow.

No injuries were reported.

This was the second derailment in the area in less than a year. Last May, a train carrying new cars derailed.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2015 at 6:48pm

Train derails in northeast MN, involves hazmat cars

11:24 a.m. EST February 25, 2015

COTTON, Minn. - Crews are cleaning up after the derailment of a Canadian National Railway train near the town of Cotton early Tuesday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says 13 cars went off the tracks around 3:25 a.m., including three that contained hazardous materials. Both the sheriff and Canadian National insist there is no leakage from any of the haz mat cars and no danger to the public. The other 10 cars involved in the derailment were either carrying plastic pellets or were empty.

County emergency services manager Scott Camps says the southbound train had a total of 107 cars. He says the hazardous material is naphthalene. That's best known as a main ingredient in mothballs. It was headed from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Superior, Wisconsin.

"CN has crews, including hazardous materials specialists, mobilized," CN spokesperson Patrick Waldron told the Duluth News Tribune. "We'll conduct a cleanup and full investigation into the cause of this morning's accident. We'll bring in heavy equipment that will allow them to clean up and move the rail cars."

Cotton is about 20 miles south of Virginia, MN. The Grand Lake, Northland, Cotton and Fredenberg fire departments responded to the scene.

No cause has been determined, the sheriff's office said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 21, 2015 at 7:19am

2 trains collide in northern Switzerland, 1 derails; 5 people injured


February 20, 2015 - 4:47 am EST

PHOTO: Rescue service men and firemen work at a derailed train a the accident site in Rafz, canton Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. The collision of two passenger trains in the early morning caused five injured, one of them severe, police said. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza)
Rescue service men and firemen work at a derailed train a the accident site in Rafz, canton Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. The collision of two passenger trains in the early morning caused five injured, one of them severe, police said. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza)

One of the trains then derailed, Zurich canton (state) police said. Five people were injured, one of them seriously.

Train cars were knocked off the tracks, but not overturned.

Switzerland's national railway said the two trains — a fast train traveling from Zurich to Schaffhausen and a commuter service from Rafz to Schaffhausen — collided at a switch just outside the station, with one hitting the other side-on.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 20, 2015 at 9:19pm

Mozambique freight train derails, at least 17 dead

MAPUTO Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:24am EST

Feb 20 (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed after a freight train carrying commuters and merchandise including coal derailed in Mozambique's capital on Thursday, a railway company driver told Reuters on Friday.

The Mozambique Ports and Railways train derailed at about 1200 GMT. It was travelling from Maputo to neighbouring Zimbabwe. No further details were available.

The company had no immediate comment.

Comment by Mark on February 17, 2015 at 7:12am

Coal train derails at Kankool in the NSW Upper Hunter (Australia)

What is expected to be a week long clean-up and repair operation begins today at the site of a coal train derailment in the Upper Hunter.

The empty coal train derailed at Kankool between Murrurundi and Willow Tree early yesterday morning.

Rail safety regulators have inspected the scene and handed the line back to the Australian Rail Track Corporation to begin the salvage operation.

Heavy lift cranes will be used today to recover the 19 wagons that left the track.

ARTC says the line is expected to re-open late on Friday.

The derailment has disrupted coal exports from the Gunnedah Basin and road coaches are replacing passenger trains between Muswellbrook and Werris Creek.

New England Highway motorists are being warned to exercise caution with a number of near misses involving people stopping to view the scene.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 17, 2015 at 1:04am

West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

Associated Press
By JOHN RABY, Associated Press41 mins ago

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as a state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.

The state was under a winter storm warning and getting heavy snowfall at times, with as much as 5 inches in some places. It's not clear if the weather had anything to do with the derailment, which occurred about 1:20 EST along a flat stretch of rail.

A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene. © AP Photo/John Raby A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene. Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said responders at the scene reported one tanker and possibly another went into the river. Messina said local emergency responders were having trouble getting to the house that caught fire.

James Bennett, 911 coordinator for Fayette County, said he knew of no injuries related to the house fire or subsequent tanker fires. He said a couple hundred families were evacuated as a precaution.

The rail company acknowledged the derailment on its Twitter page.

"A CSX train derailed in Mount Carbon, WV," the company tweeted. "We are working with first responders on the scene to ensure the safety of the community."

The fire continued burning along a hillside Monday evening, and small fires could be seen on the river.

David McClung said he felt the heat from one of the explosions at his home about a half mile up the hill.

His brother in law was outside at the time of the derailment and heard a loud crack below along the riverfront, then went inside to summon McClung, his wife and their son.

One of the explosions that followed sent a fireball at least 300 feet into the air, McClung said.

"We felt the heat, I can tell you that," McClung said. "It was a little scary. It was like an atomic bomb went off."

The office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, which has issued a state of emergency, said the tanker cars were loaded with Bakken crude from North Dakota and headed to Yorktown, Va.

Local emergency officials said all but two of the 109 cars being hauled were tanker cars.

West Virginia American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan said the company shut down a water treatment plant, located about 3 miles from the derailment, at about 2:30 p.m. The plant serves about 2,000 customers.

State health officials said another water plant downstream in the town of Cedar Grove also closed its intake. They asked customers from both water systems to conserve water.

The U.S. Transportation Department is weighing tougher safety regulations for rail shipments of crude, which can ignite and result in huge fireballs.

Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, including one this spring in Lynchburg, Va., the government proposed rules in July that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids. It's not clear how old the tankers were on the derailed train.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2015 at 8:19pm

CN train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Northern Ontario

Published Sunday, Feb. 15 2015, 10:23 AM EST

Last updated Sunday, Feb. 15 2015, 1:28 PM EST

A Canadian National Railway Ltd. train carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil has derailed and caught fire in Northern Ontario.

A CN spokesman said there were no injuries in the derailment that happened around midnight on Saturday about 80 kilometres south of Timmins, Ont., on the CN mainline in a remote area inaccessible by road.

Twenty-nine cars jumped the tracks and seven are still on fire early on Sunday afternoon.

Rob Johnston, an investigations team manager with the Transportation Safety Board, said the train was travelling eastbound at 40 miles an hour when the crew felt an impact and saw flames about 10 cars behind the locomotive. They halted the train and detached the engines and pulled ahead, according to safety procedures.

The TSB investigators, who are not yet on the scene, will face difficult conditions determining the amount of any spill and the cause due to the site's remote location and the cold weather, Mr. Johnston said in an interview.

"There is a fire at the scene," said Patrick Waldron. "CN has initiated its emergency response plan and has crews responding to the site. That includes firefighting and environmental crews and equipment."

Via Rail said it has cancelled passenger rail service between Toronto and Winnipeg until the rail line has been cleared. Via said it will offer alternate arrangements for passengers already en route or due to travel Sunday.

The increase in the amount of crude moving on the rails has raised safety concerns that were highlighted by the 2013 tragedy in Lac Megantic, Que., where a runaway train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people. Since then, governments in Canada and the United States have begun phasing in tougher crash standards for tank cars and lower speeds for oil trains. But several trains carrying oil and other petroleum products have crashed and caught fire since the tragedy in Lac Megantic, including derailments in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan in 2014.

Oil producers have increasingly used trains to move crude amid a shortage of pipeline space, and to enjoy the flexibility railways offer. The plunge in oil prices has dampened growth in the crude-by-rail business since the fall, but the number of trains carrying oil is expected to rise this year as new terminals are opened.



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