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No injuries were reported when a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona, officials said Wednesday.

Plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the morning sky beneath a trail of flames on video and images from the site of the derailment, where part of the bridge collapsed.
The train was hauling unknown hazardous material, according to the Tempe Fire Department.

One section of the Salt River Union Pacific Bridge — which was built in 1912 — had completely collapsed just on the side of the lake, with some of the train cars detached and on the ground.

Quality infrastructure maintenance — How NOT to do it!

Railroad will repair tracks they failed to maintain – after the fiery oil train wreck


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Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours.

Federal investigators in a preliminary report released Thursday blamed the derailment on Union Pacific for failing to properly maintain its track.

The report flagged broken lag bolts as the immediate cause and said better inspections would have caught the issue. The lag bolt is part of a fastening system that attaches the rail to ties. It prevents the rails from moving too far apart, which can lead to derailments.

Union Pacific faces potential penalties for safety violations, according to the Federal Railroad Administration report.

The document, obtained in advance by The Associated Press, came out a day after Union Pacific announced it would resume running oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge later this week.

The combined news shocked and angered residents in Mosier, a town of about 400 where the train went off the tracks. The June 3 derailment released 42,000 gallons of crude and prompted evacuations…

Advanced electronic brakes proposed by regulators but fought by the railroad industry could have made the derailment less severe, Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg said. They could have reduced the number of cars that derailed and prevented the one that first burst into flames from being punctured, officials said.

“We’re talking about upgrading a brake system that is from the Civil War era,” Feinberg said. “It’s not too much to ask these companies to improve their braking systems…”

Union Pacific said blah, blah, blah.

Oregon Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden asked federal rail regulators to use an emergency provision to stop oil train traffic until the derailment was better understood. Gov. Kate Brown also reiterated her call for a halt to oil train traffic.

People Before Profits ain’t exactly a slogan you hear repeated at a meeting of the Board of Directors of Union Pacific Railroad. Unless, of course, it’s shouted by a protestor just before being removed by armed guards.

After a coal train derailed – terrible discovery a day later!

The bodies of two people trapped in a car under giant mounds of coal, which spilled from a derailed train near Chicago, have been unearthed and removed from the scene, authorities said today.

Wayne Globerger, the fire chief of Glenview, Illinois – the Chicago suburb where the accident occurred – declined to identify either victim.

Globerger told reporters that crews were searching the site north of Chicago for any other vehicles that may have been buried.

On Wednesday, 31 of 138 cars of a Union Pacific train derailed on an 86-foot-long bridge, spilling large amounts of coal, railroad spokesman Tom Lange said. The derailed cars piled up on the bridge, putting more weight on the structure than if the train had kept moving, and likely caused the bridge to collapse, Lange said…

Initially, no injuries were reported. But authorities cleaning up the debris discovered a car bumper, and then the vehicle with the two victims inside.

Coppers, authorities figured they didn’t have to search the debris field because no one had been reported missing in the vicinity. As soon as they found the first body they rightly figured there would be a second. Which is why no one reported the other as missing.