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Train Accident

Congressman Calls for Tougher Train Regulations

A U.S. Representative is calling for new regulations following a train derailment that resulted in thousands of gallons of a hazardous chemical being released into the air in New Jersey last week. Investigators believe that not all of the locking mechanisms on the swivel-type bridge were secured. Another accident that happened at the same bridge …

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Schools Closed After Chemicals Leak from Train Derailment

Rising levels of toxic chemicals from a freight train that derailed last week has led to the closure of schools in Paulsboro, N.J. Investigators said they had checked the bridge just a day before the collapse. Seven of the cars derailed into the creek. Vinyl chloride was able to escape from a gash in one …

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Former Trooper Concerned About Increase Train Traffic

A former Washington State Patrol trooper has questioned the logic of adding as many as 60 trains a day hauling coal through Spokane County en route to China. The trooper said the elevated tracks through downtown are already a safety concern, and if a derailment occurs there, potentially hazardous cargo could cause a catastrophe in …

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NTSB Finds Truck with Vets Crossed Tracks After Warning

A timeline produced by the National Transportation Safety Board shows that a truck pulling a float with veterans began crossing the railroad tracks after warning lights activated, according to Business Week. Four veterans on the float were killed, and 16 were injured. Investigators believe there were warning bells and flashing crossing lights. They only had …

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Four Military Veterans Killed in Train Collision

A freight train crashed into a flat at a parade to honor military veterans in Midland, Tex. The men, ages 34, 37, 43 and 47, were all military veterans. The crash which happened Thursday afternoon remains under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The float was carrying 26 people. Many of them were …

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Three Injured Following Kentucky Train Derailment

A chemical fire started Monday following a train derailment in Louisville, Ky., according to the Associated Press. The derailment forced many people in the area to evacuate as the fire was expected to burn at least through Thursday. Three people have been taken to a local hospital with at least one suffering serious injuries. The …

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