Norfolk Southern train derails in Virginia, no injuries

Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:05am EDT

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(Reuters) - A Norfolk Southern Corp train hauling vehicles and nail polish derailed on Monday evening in southwestern Virginia, though there were no injuries or hazardous material spilled, county and company officials said.

The 33-car freight train with three locomotives went off its tracks at about 6:15 p.m. local time in the town of Wytheville, about 250 miles west of Richmond, said Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman.

About 12 autorack and two double-stacked container cars derailed, Chapman said. The train was headed to Norfolk, Virginia, from Louisville, Kentucky.

An image showed yellow and white rail cars lying on their sides at various angles along a slightly elevated track hill with an ambulance and emergency worker nearby.

Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said about 14 cars, some of which were carrying nail polish, "began to derail" inside the town of roughly 8,000 residents near where the rails intersect a main road, which was been closed.

The cause of the crash was to be investigated by officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Norfolk Southern was leading the clean up efforts, Farley said.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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morbas wrote:
Rail infrastructure redesign to wider gauge is needed. The present gauge is ad-hock, accommodating two abreast horses. This a standard defined by a Roman Empire 2,000 years-ago. The gauge was adopted only to accommodate existing carriage tooling. With heavier freight, and the demand for longer tank cars, unbalanced top heavy cars present derailment catastrophe in the waiting.
Congress must open up infrastructure projects to enable USA economics. Reduce/eliminate naval shipping that uses waste grade oil fuel. Switch to North/Central/South America Rail infrastructure to include a Trans-Bearing Strait route as a matter of efficiency. Re-Engineer rail gauge for reliability and speed. Make Truck/rail/freeway portals at interstate intersections, thus reducing fuel consumption and promoting local electric transport. Build national level canals for water distribution relieving drought by using excessive fresh water run of. We might then improve CO2 sequester by irrigating our mid plane deserts. One of the canal paths through the Rockies could be coupled with a SF to Denver Maglev 2G space ramp using a common power generation infrastructure. Thus promoting Maglev transit as a spinoff of Space Access Maglev launch capacity.
We should build on a strategic infrastructure designed to make USA a Global transportation hub, linking Americas (North Central South) to the old world. Not because this is easy or hard, because this will be our challenge, we must be willing to better mankind.

PS And I really believed Boeing would have performed a rail stability analysis in the wake of loosing a rail shipment of fuselages. Particularly because that adversely effected meeting customer manufacturing delivery.

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