New oil-train derailment extends US streak

canada train13 February 2014, News Wires – A Norfolk Southern train carrying crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, according to reports.

There were as yet no reports of injuries or fire at the scene, after twenty-one tank cars came off the track near an industrial park, a local borough official told Reuters.

The train, that was heading from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, was mainly carrying crude oil but included one car containing propane gas, the local official said according to the news wire.

The train crashed into one building in the industrial complex near the Kiskiminetas River, he said.

This is the latest in a string of crude oil train derailments, some fatal, that has prompted calls for more stringent rules regulating the shipment of crude by rail that has soared in recent years.

In the most serious incident, a train carrying Bakken oil from North Dakota derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying much of the small town.

Norfolk Southern’s subsidiary Norfolk Southern Railway operates approximately 20,000 miles of railroad in 22 states and the District of Columbia, according to the company’s website.


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