I'm not sure if we have a dedicated G&W forum or even a dedicated G&W thread — I couldn't find one — so I'm posting this here, but I encourage the mods to move my post if they know of a better venue for it.
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Thanks to RAILROAD.NET member "bostontrainguy" for alerting me to this incident.
From The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail wrote:A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, leaving 11 cars burning and potentially bolstering the push for tougher regulation of a boom in moving oil by rail.
No injuries have been reported, but 20 of the train’s cars derailed and 11 were still on fire, the train owner, Genesee & Wyoming, said in a statement. Those cars, which threw flames 100 metres into the night sky, are being left to burn down, which could take up to 24 hours.
A local official said the crude oil had originated in North Dakota, home of the booming Bakken shale patch. If so, it may have been carrying the same type of light crude oil that was on a Canadian train that derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic this summer, killing 47 people.
Read the rest of the article at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-o ... e15351149/
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