March 5, 2015

Train Derailments

The Department of Transportation has reviewed the risks of moving crude oil and ethanol via railway across the US and through major cities. The study, completed last July, estimates that trains carrying these fuels will derail approximately 10 times per year over the next decade. These derailments could cause billions in damages and possibly kill hundreds of people.

The railroad study came to light after an accident in West Virginia on February 16 in which a train loaded with crude oil derailed and caused a large fire which forced many families out of their homes. Flammable liquids are being transported by rail in higher volumes than in the past, largely due to the oil shale in North Dakota and Montana. In 2015, 27 billion gallons of oil and ethanol are anticipated to be transported over the railway system.

Senior federal officials indicate the need for stronger tank cars, more effective braking and other safety improvements. According to the reports, 16 million Americans live within a half-kilometer of the railroad tracks. Trains travel through major metropolitan areas like Chicago, Seattle and Philadelphia to get to destination refineries.

Federal railroad accident records reveal over 50 accidents of trains carrying oil and ethanol since 2006 in Canada and the United States. The accidents have involved fire, derailment and significant spillage. Federal officials anticipate that it would take 3 years to modify the existing 50,000 tanker cars. Industry representatives question this timeline, cautioning that it could take 10 years. These modifications are to prevent spills or ruptures during a train derailment. Better brakes and lower speeds also could help to lower damage.

Train derailments cause oil spills, lawsuits hold railroads liable

February 24, 2014
Train Derailment Crash Lawyer

Railways transport approximately 1 million barrels of crude oil each day in the U.S.. This number is expected to increase to 4.5 million barrels a day in the next ten years. Since 2008, there have been 10 derailments that have spilled at least 3 million gallons of crude oil and resulted in fires and explosions. […]

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Union Pacific train had signal to stop before Missouri crash

June 10, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is continuing its investigation into the May 25, 2013 collision between a Union Pacific train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train in Chaffee, Missouri (MO). The crash caused several rail cars to derail and careen into the supports of highway overpass that subsequently collapsed. The preliminary NTSB […]

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Missouri railroad crash causes train derailment and collapsed bridge

May 28, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

In Missouri, a Union Pacific (UP) train collided with a Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) train at about 2:30 A.M. Saturday over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The crash caused several cars to derail and careen into the support pillars of the Highway M overpass in Scott County, MO. No one was seriously injured in […]

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Dozens injured in California truck-train crossing accident

October 20, 2012
California Amtrak Train Accident

About 39 passengers were injured earlier this month when a semi tractor-trailer truck collided with an Amtrak train near Hanford, California. The truck, carrying cotton trash, failed to yield and was struck by the passenger train around noon Monday, October 1, 2012. Of the 169 passengers aboard the train, 19 had minor injuries and 11 […]

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Chicago Metra train derailment lawsuit settled for $1.8 million

October 2, 2012
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A Chicago woman and the railroad Metra have settled her personal injury lawsuit against the rail line for $1.8 million. Kathryn Kuk, age 54, was riding on a commuter train in Chicago’s South Side when it derailed on October 12, 2003. Her multiple injuries from the crash have necessitated two lower-back surgeries, according to her […]

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Amtrak trains crash and derail at California station, 18 injured

October 18, 2011
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An Amtrak train crashed into another at the Jack London Amtrak station in Oakland, CA on October 12. Both locomotive engines derailed and eighteen people were injured in the crash. The accident occurred when the San Joaquin train from Bakersfield to Oakland ran a red light at the station and hit the stationary Coast Starlight […]

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Truck-train crash lawsuit gets $1.75M verdict : Railroad Lawyer News

May 5, 2011
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Grady County, OK – An Oklahoma jury awarded a railroad conductor $1.75 million in damages for serious personal injuries suffered in a train derailment accident.  The lawsuit was filed in Grady County, OK shortly after the 2009 railroad crossing accident.  The jury trial of the truck-train crash lawsuit lasted a week before the jury returned […]

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3 Louisiana train crashes within 24 hours kill 2, injure 7

April 24, 2011
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Louisiana – Three separate train crashes within 24 hours left 2 people dead and seven inured in Louisiana on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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Ohio train derailment explosion and fire force home evacuations

February 7, 2011
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Toledo, OH — An Ohio train derailment accident caused fires that forced the evacuation of 20 homes. Families are urged to contact a railroad accident attorney.

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