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Two more derailments: coal near Denver, potash near Edmonton

Latest derailments – March 22, 2015

1.  Train carrying potash derails in Alberta

Trevor Robb, QMI Agency, March 22, 2015 8:41:21 EDT PM

Container cars balance precariously on top of each other, as red potash spills out into the snow at a train derailment on Highway 13 East, just outside of Wetaskiwin, Alta., which occurred shortly after 9:15 a.m. March 22, 2015. No one was injured in the incident and there are no environmental concerns. SARAH O. SWENSON/WETASKIWIN TIMES/QMI AGENCY

EDMONTON — The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) says 20 cars carrying potash derailed just north of Wetaskiwin, Alta., around 9:09 a.m. Sunday near Highway 13.

Pictures from the scene show piles of potash, which is mostly used in fertilizers, spilling onto the ground.

No one was injured…  [MORE]

2.  Near Denver: 27 coal cars jump tracks in train derailment; no injuries

Raquel Villanueva, KUSA 5:49 p.m. MDT March 22, 2015
At least 27 freight cars derailed and lost their cargo in Hudson on Sunday.
At least 27 freight cars derailed and lost their cargo in Hudson on Sunday. (Photo by 7NEWS, via Heidi Schreiner Gotto)

HUDSON, Colo. (AP) — A train jumped its tracks early Sunday, dumping tons of coal from more than two dozen cars near the northern Colorado town of Hudson.

No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage to the tracks, which have been shut down for repairs and cleanup…. [MORE]

5 train crashes in 1 day

Google: “Train Crash” results on Monday, August 25

By Roger Straw, The Benicia Independent, August 25, 2014

Keeping up with the news here at the Benicia Independent sometimes requires a Google search.  Typically, I will use a search string such as “oil train derail” and limit the search to news during the past 24 hours.

Today, reflecting on the fact that I heard about the head-on freight train crash in Arkansas 5 days after it happened, by word of mouth no less (!), I wondered what would happen if I Googled a simpler string: “train crash.”

I was surprised, and a little shocked at the result: in the last 24 hours, news sources picked up on 5 train crashes in the U.S., all today.  And it’s only 5:30pm PST.  Google also displayed a news story on a train crash that happened two days ago, and a near-accident in New York City.

Could this have been a typical news day?   (See the Google links below.)

Five U.S. train crash stories in a single day:

WBXH8 hours ago
Police are investigating a bizarre crash involving a train and a car in which … Police say the three occupants of the vehicle ran off after the collision with the train, …

Two more stories, on a RECENT train crash and a near-catastrophic mixup in New York City earlier this month: