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 on May 29, 2011 at 8:45pm

MOSCOW, May 28 (UPI) -- A cargo train carrying fuel oil derailed in eastern Siberia, spilling an undetermined amount of fuel oil on the ground, Russian officials said.

The derailment Friday involved the locomotive and 22 oil tanker cars, 14 of which were carrying the fuel oil, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.

The head spokesman for the East Siberian Railway, Yevgeny Khokhryakov, initially said the train wasn't carrying hazardous cargo and said no spill occurred.

The report didn't say why the train derailed. There were no injuries and railway workers were working to restore rail services.

At least 10 passenger trains were delayed because of the accident, officials said.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/05/28/Russian-train-der...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 28, 2011 at 7:45pm

Japanese train derails, injuring 39 people

The government ordered the railway company, JR Hokkaido, to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident


Tokyo: An express train in Japan derailed and caught fire inside a tunnel overnight, injuring 39 passengers, railway officials said on Saturday.

The injured were taken for hospital treatment though no-one was seriously hurt, officials said.

The train, carrying 240 passengers, made an emergency stop inside a tunnel on the northern Hokkaido island on Friday after its driver noticed smoke emerging from the train.

The passengers escaped but the fire continued to burn until early on Saturday morning, destroying the six-carriage train.

Officials and emergency workers found marks on the track and said one of the carriages had apparently derailed just before entering the tunnel.

The government ordered the railway company, JR Hokkaido, to carry out a thorough investigation.

Naotoshi Nakajima, president of JR Hokkaido, apologised for the accident.

"This serious accident caused injuries to so many of our passengers," he told reporters. "We are extremely sorry. We will investigate the cause and will draft prevention measures," he said.

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/japanese-train-derails-i...
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 26, 2011 at 3:57pm
  I had no problem posting this piece of news outside of the US.  Interesting.

Trains delayed after engine derails near Panipat

May 25, 2011, 01.19pm IST

LUDHIANA: Commuters had a tough time on Tuesday owing to delay in arrival of trains. The derailment of an engine in the rail yard, near Panipat resulted in the delay. The commuters were seen inquiring the status of the trains for reaching their destinations but even the railway employees at the inquiry counters seemed helpless as they were unable to inform the exact reasons for the delay.

However, the tracks were cleared in one hour but it disturbed the schedule of major trains like Shatabdi Express, Malwa Express, Happa Jammu Tawi Super Fast, Shane Punjab and Dadar Express. These trains were delayed for more than three to four hours adding to woes of the commuters who kept waiting for the trains to arrive.

When contacted, divisional traffic manager at the city railway station Parminder Singh said, "An engine derailed in the rail yard in Diwana station near Panipat because of which the rail track was obstructed. By afternoon the movement of trains had returned to normalcy."

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-05-25/ludhiana/295...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 26, 2011 at 3:53pm

TODAY, I'M HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME STAYING ON THE INTERNET WHEN I SEARCH THE US LOCAL NEWS FOR TRAIN DERAILMENTS.  THERE IS A HUGE UPTICK IN TRAIN DERAILMENTS BUT WHEN I TRY TO READ THE ARTICLE, I'M BOOTED OFF IMMEDIATELY AS IF I'M BEING TOLD.  YOU DON'T LIVE IN THIS AREA, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO READ THIS PAPER.  MY GUT TELLS ME THIS WILL BE HAPPENING TO ALL OF US AS WE DILIGENTLY POST THE EARTH CHANGES.  TPTB ARE PLAYING THEIR HAND AT MAINTAINING INTERNET SECRECY.  IF THEY CAN'T SHUT DOWN THE INTERNET, THEY WILL USE WHATEVER TACTIC THEY CAN TO SLOW DOWN THE RUSH OF INFORMATION BEING SHARED.  THIS IS JUST IMO BUT IT'S HAPPENING TO ME AND I'VE HAD TO HIGHLIGHT THE ADDRESS BAR IMMEDIATELY BEFORE I'M BOOTED OFF AND THEN GO BACK AND TRY TO QUICKLY COPY AND PASTE WHAT I CAN.  AS FAST AS I TRY TO DO THIS IS AS FAST AS I'M BOOTED.  I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH NON NEWS AFFILIATED LINKS.  I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO READ THIS ARTICLE IN ITS ENTIRETY BUT THIS WAS ALL I COULD GRAB.  INTERESTING.


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According to the Washington County dispatch, a train on the Battenkill Railroad line has derailed in the town of Eagle Bridge. Officials tell CBS6 the train was carrying propane tanks as cargo. HazMat teams are on their way to the scene. ...

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 26, 2011 at 3:40pm
Mogadore train derailment closes Gilchrist Road

By Beacon Journal staff


Authorities say a portion of Gilchrist Road just north of Mogadore Road could be closed until Friday after a train derailment Wednesday morning.

Police Chief David Fowler said three train cars carrying lumber along the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway lines derailed Wednesday about 7:45 a.m. at the Gilchrist Road crossing.

No one was injured, although a motorist narrowly escaped being struck by a snapped utility pole, police said. No hazardous materials were spilled.

A cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Gilchrist Road, between Munroe Falls and Mogadore roads are closed. Trucks may enter the industrial parkway in the area.

Fowler said railroad officials are waiting for equipment to lift the train cars and clear the heavily damaged crossing. The equipment is expected to arrive from Toledo by Friday, he said.


Workers on the scene of a train derailment on Gilcrest Rd. just north of Mogadore Rd. on Wednesday in Mogadore. The crossing will be closed until Friday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Authorities say a portion of Gilchrist Road just north of Mogadore Road could be closed until Friday after a train derailment Wednesday morning.

Police Chief David Fowler said three train cars carrying lumber along the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway lines derailed Wednesday about 7:45 a.m. at the Gilchrist Road crossing.

No one was injured, although a motorist narrowly escaped being struck by a snapped utility pole, police said. No hazardous materials were spilled.

A cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Gilchrist Road, between Munroe Falls and Mogadore roads are closed. Trucks may enter the industrial parkway in the area.

Fowler said railroad officials are waiting for equipment to lift the train cars and clear the heavily damaged crossing. The equipment is expected to arrive from Toledo by Friday, he said.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/122600644.html

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 26, 2011 at 3:38pm


Train derails in Brunswick

Six cars, including one carrying liquid fertilizer, off track in Eagle Bridge
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  • A fertilizer tanker on its side in Eagle Bridge, N.Y., after a train derailment on May 25, 2011. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN / AL
    A fertilizer tanker on its side in Eagle Bridge, N.Y., after a train derailment on May 25, 2011. 

WHITE CREEK -- Six cars in a train operated by the Batten Kill Railroad derailed Wednesday and three overturned, owner William Taber said. There were no injuries and Taber said he doesn't know yet why the derailment happened.

One car was carrying liquid fertilizer, which began to leak slowly, Taber said, but the fertilizer was not a hazardous material. The liquid was collected in buckets and carried away while the car was drained.

A tanker truck from the Carovale Company in Salem was brought in to suck out 20,000 gallons of fertilizer.

The other cars were loaded with grain.

The Washington County Hazardous Materials Team was called to the scene, Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell said.

Taber was driving the train at about 10 MPH when the cars went off the track in Eagle Bridge. Derailments are not unusual, said Taber, a veteran engineer after 25 years on trains, but this is the worst one he's seen as the owner of the Batten Kill Railroad.

"We'll get it back together pretty quick," he said.

The train runs from Greenwich to Salem to Eagle Bridge.

According to its website, the railroad is based in Greenwich and carries 40,200 tons of grain, fertilizer, logs and wood pulp in 413 cars annually over 34 miles of track.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 25, 2011 at 3:25pm

Derailment shuts down Kelowna bound line

Lumber product cars became derailed Monday morning on the Kelowna Pacific Railway near Vernon. No one was injured. The line has not had a derailment in four years, according to General Manager Kevin Woods.
Lumber product cars became derailed Monday morning on the Kelowna Pacific Railway near Vernon. No one was injured. The line has not had a derailment in four years, according to General Manager Kevin Woods.
Photo Credit: Jim Douglas, CHBC News

A freight train has derailed on the Kelowna Pacific Railway south of Vernon.

The accident took place around 4 a.m. Monday on a stretch of rail below the Kalamalka Lake lookout parallel to Highway 97.

The rail has broken and six lumber product cars have derailed.

Recovery work is taking place through the week, according to KPR General Manager Kevin Woods. Locomotives are on the way to help move all the derailed cars.

The Kelowna Pacific Railway is a 200 km shortline that connects goods with the CP mainline in Kamloops. The KPR is a subsidiary of KnightHawk Rail Ltd.

The KPR handles approximately 9,000 carloads per year. The major commodities are forest products, grain, and industrial products.

Woods says no one was injured and no property was damaged, which is likely because the train was traveling less than 15 km/h.

The KPR line between Vernon and Kelowna will be back in operation by the weekend, according to Woods.

An investigation continues into the accident. Woods says the KPR line has not had a derailment in more than four years which, he says, is above average.

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/Derailment+shuts+down+Kelowna+bound...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 25, 2011 at 3:22pm

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Officials have reopened Highway 75 in Mineral Springs nearly 24 hours after a train collision killed two crew members and injured two other workers early Tuesday morning.


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Two locomotives traveling northbound collided at 3:38 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 75 and South Potter Road.

CSX Spokesman Gary Sease said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board would be in charge of the investigation into the cause of the crash.

In addition, the Federal Railroad Administration will be investigating the accident.

Sease said officials are not sure if the collision was caused by human error or mechanical failure. Investigators will be looking at on-board cameras from both trains.

They will also be working with the train dispatch center in Florence, South Carolina, which monitors which trains are on the tracks at any given time.

The first train that was stopped on the tracks was heading from New Orleans to Hamlet, NC. It had nine freight cars and was transporting items such as concrete and scrap metal.

The second train had 12 freight cars and was traveling from Atlanta to Charlotte. Some of the cars were filled with clothing. When the trains collided, the clothing kept burning making it nearly impossible to extinguish.

The fires were completely extinguished by late Tuesday night and officials reopened Highway 75 around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday once all fire trucks and apparatus were cleared from the road.

The two crew members killed included a locomotive engineer and a conductor. Their names have not been released. Both of these men were on the second train which crash into the stopped train.

The two crew members on the stopped train received minor injuries only. 

Sease says there were more than 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel which leaked out of second train after it collided with the stopped train. He said the fuel made the fire extremely difficult to contain. 

Officials say they will be conducting soil and water containment in the immediate area to ensure the leaked fuel and water sprayed on the fire doesn't contaminate surrounding land or drinking water.

Sease said these tracks are considered "high volume" and that 15-20 trains use these tracks daily. The trains that would normally travel in this area have been re-routed onto other tracks until the wreckage is clear.

While the tracks did not sustain major damage, some minimal repair will be necessary before trains are allowed transport cargo in this area. They are bringing in 50-feet sections of replacement tracks.

Resident James Bailey says he made the first call to 911 to report the collision. Since he didn't know what was on board, the emergency dispatcher told him to leave his home immediately.

Bailey's home is so close to the tracks, he actually heard a voice coming from the rubble.

"I believe he [conductor] was trapped from the way he sounded and, evidently, he couldn't move, he was just crying out," Bailey said.

Bailey's nephew, whose first name is also James, actually climbed through the mangled mess of metal to help.

"I just heard one of the conductors screaming for help, he was in and out of consciousness and the other one was pretty calm about everything," Bailey said.

James Bailey and his nephew stayed with the injured workers until rescue crews arrived on the scene.

One employee on the second train died at the scene. The other employee died after being transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main.

"I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the families and coworkers of the two CSX workers who lost their lives in this tragedy," said Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker. 

The American Red Cross opened a temporary shelter Tuesday morning at the Mineral Springs United Methodist Church for residents living near the collision who were evacuated from their homes.

That's where we found resident Shirley Ritter who was still shaken by what happened. But this isn't the first time she's had to quickly evacuate from her home due to an emergency situation.

"I'm a survivor of Katrina, and my first instinct was, Father God, I thank you, I don't wish nothing on nobody else... I just wish whatever it is, it's a distance so we can get out of here," Ritter said.

A representative with the American Red Cross said a dozen families were displaced from their homes and six of them are temporarily staying in local hotels.

One evacuee said he was told his family would have to remain in the hotel three to seven days before they are allowed to return home.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/14702934/train-derailment-causes-road-clo...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2011 at 6:25pm

Train Derailment in Kansas Sparks Big Fire

By Associated Press

Mon 11:14 AM 05/23/2011

The highway was closed from Moran to the Kansas 39 intersection east of Chanute.
 

The highway was closed from Moran to the Kansas 39 intersection east of Chanute.

A 23-mile stretch of U.S. 59 in southeast Kansas is closed after several cars of a Union Pacific train derailed, causing a large fire.

 

The Allen County Sheriff's Department says some of the 15 cars that derailed from the 80-car train were filled with ethanol alcohol.

 

The derailment occurred early Monday about four miles south of Moran. The highway was closed from Moran to the Kansas 39 intersection east of Chanute.

 

Deputies went door to door to homes near the derailment to warn residents of the threat. The Iola Register reports that crews could do little more than watch as the fireball burned. A plume of smoke was visible as far west as Iola.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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Aurora Derailment again?!? Doesn't it make all of us wonder how common it is?

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2011 at 6:20pm

Train cars derail in Bangor

Railroad repair crew members pick up tools along the railroad tracks behind Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday after replacing ties in in that area. Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river.
Railroad repair crew members pick up tools along the railroad tracks behind Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday after replacing ties in in that area. Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river. Buy Photo
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Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river behind Eastern Maine Medical Center as seen on Monday. Railroad repair crews were seen replacing ties and shoring up tracks with crushed rock on Monday afternoon.
Seven rail cars carrying sheet rock flipped on their side along the Penobscot River early Sunday morning spilling cargo towards the river behind Eastern Maine Medical Center as seen on Monday. Railroad repair crews were seen replacing ties and shoring up tracks with crushed rock on Monday afternoon. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Railroad police late Monday afternoon were still on the scene of a derailment in Bangor that sent seven cars off the track behind Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The derailment occurred about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Cynthia Scarano, spokeswoman for Massachusetts-based Pan Am Railways.

Scarano said investigators were still working late Monday afternoon to determine what caused the derailment.

Six of the cars that went off the tracks were carrying gypsum wallboard and one was empty.

“What they are trying to do now is get the track back together,” Scarano said. She said that the affected section of track is the company’s freight main line for the region and that the track is expect to remain out of service until at least Tuesday morning.

The train, which consisted of two locomotives and 29 cars, was en route from Calais Junction to Ayer, Mass., when the derailment occurred, Scarano said. She said no one was injured in connection with the incident.

http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/05/23/news/bangor/train-cars-de...

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