A String of CN Derailments in March
1. 35 cars of a 101-car CN freight train derailed March 30, 2013 in Gary, Indiana – 3 of the derailed cars carried hazardous materials. The derailment also ruptured a 14-inch industrial gas line. South Shore train service was halted until Hazmat determined the area was safe again. (WSBT TV, Chicago Sun-Times)
2. 14 cars of a 141-car CN coal train derailed March 25, 2013 in Kenner, Louisiana – 2 of the derailed cars tipped over, spilling an undisclosed amount of coal. Vehicle traffic on Farm Avenue and Morey Street was blocked. (The Times-Picayune)
3. 19 CN cars loaded with sand plowed off the railway March 16, 2013 near Hatfield, Wisconsin, spilling sand across the area. County Road K was closed for at least a day. (La Cross Tribune)
4. A CN locomotive and 1 intermodal car derailed March 7, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, blocking vehicle traffic on the East Perimeter Highway. 2 CN trains were involved with the accident. (Metro Winnipeg)
Transportation safety experts; residents, businesses and tourism operators located along railways; environmentalists; and municipalities are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of derailments, particularly in light of the increasing shipments of crude oil, other petroleum products and other hazardous goods by rail.
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