Friday, November 8, 2013

Train Explosion and Derailment in Alabama

       A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed shortly before 1 a.m. ET November 8, 2013, near Aliceville, Alabama, on the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway LLC, (source). There are currently no injuries reported and at least one house was evacuated (source). A local official said the crude oil had originated in North Dakota, home of the Bakken shale patch (source). Don Hartley, regional coordinator for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said the train's journey started in North Dakota. Three cars had a "'bleve' - where pressure builds up and blows a hole." That may have started the fire, he said (source).
      Regional Coordinator for Alabama EMA, Don Hartley says the accident happened near a slough and crews are working to keep the spill out of the water. Hartley added that the accident happened near a trestle. The trestle is now gone after it was consumed by the fire. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the trestle could have caused the accident(Source).

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