Old 05-16-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Two Union Pacific trains off tracks south of Tacoma

By The Associated Press

Two Union Pacific freight trains were involved in a pre-dawn derailment today between Tacoma and Olympia, railroad officials said.

All crew members were accounted for and no injuries were reported, but Mark Davis of Union Pacific said at least two locomotives and an undetermined number of rail cars were off the tracks.

Diesel fuel was leaking from at least one engine near the Nisqually River a few miles upriver from the Nisqually Delta National Wildlife Refuge, and authorities were checking for the possibility of hazardous or toxic substances, said Jenny Sharp, a spokeswoman for the DuPont Fire Department.

Television reports showed some rail cars blocking Old Nisqually Road, and Davis said power lines were down. Most of DuPont was without electricity for a period of time.

Details were sketchy, but Sharp and Davis said a southbound train from Seattle to Chicago apparently derailed about 3:15 a.m. and bumped a few cars off the tracks from a northbound train from Portland to Seattle. Cause of the derailment was under investigation.

Both trains haul goods in containers that can be loaded readily onto ships and trucks as well as rail cars, Davis said.

Another Union Pacific spokesman, James Barnes, said the southbound train consisted of four locomotives and 111 cars and the northbound train had two locomotives and 98 cars.

The derailment has disrupted Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland. Amtrak says passengers will be bused.

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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Good to hear that nobody was hurt. For a second, I worried that the steamers might be effected or even involved *whew*

Good lookin' derailment. Those units really hit the ground

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Old 05-17-2007, 02:16 AM   #3
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I donn't understand what is happening ... Where are the two SD70s come from ? And how about the intermodal train ? They derail and then collide or reserve ? Ha ..
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Dang...those pictures are dramatic.

This just in.
RR tracks near DuPont should be cleared of derailed cars by noon

DUPONT, Wash. -- Hundreds of people worked overnight to clear railroad tracks near DuPont of derailed train cars.

Spokesman for the Union Pacific trains and Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks say one set of tracks should open at noon and the parallel tracks at one.

Amtrak trains should be back on schedule this afternoon.

U-P spokesman James Barnes and B-N spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) say there's no word yet on what caused four engines and eight cars from two trains to leave the tracks yesterday morning as they were passing at a switch.

One of the engines went about 75 feet down an embankment and crashed into the Old Nisqually Highway. Three crewmen were not hurt.

Melonas says it will take about a week to remove two of the derailed locomotives and several weeks to finish all the work at the site of the accident.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:22 PM   #5
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That must have been fun driving down the road when all of a sudden a train lands in front of you.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:35 PM   #6
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This is a scary deal. It looks to me like somebody got passed an A block and into the side of the other train. The paper said that the unit had three crew members meaning they either had a student or a manager with them. I hope it wasnt one of my friends that is firing right now.
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