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Old 03-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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A train just derailed down the street from my house.

My wife is an EMT for the town we live in and called and told me she overheard a call drop for a train derailment. I went down the street and took pictures of it. The train derailed only about a mile and a half to two miles down the road from our house. It just happened about 2 hours ago. Pretty epic one too.















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Old 03-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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I never understood how that happens unless the engineer is a dumbass.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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I hope there's no hazardous materials on board.
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Wow, lucky it wasn't carrying any chemicals or flammables. We had a derailment in my town several years ago just before Christmas. We had to evacuate like 3/4 mile.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #7
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I don't think anyone was hurt. The Fire Department was called out more for hazardous conditions or any fluids that may have spilled.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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I forgot to add, I think the entire train and cars were empty so no bad hazardous stuff to jeopardize anyone. The roads were open as you can see just feet away from the train and cars.
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look like empty coal cars, or petroleum coke cars. Or possibly corn or grain?good thing they were empty that would have been a hell of a mess.
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WOW! crazy! glad it looks like no one was hurt.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #13
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Good they were empty, huh? Still a lot of mess to clean though, I'd bet. Wonder how the heck that happened? Engineer misjudge what speed he should be going based on terrain? Something in the way? Bet he'll lost his job for this, though.
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It's amazing how fast the railroad companies clean these accidents up, they lose like a million dollars for every day the rails are closed. It'll probably take them 24 hours or so to move the cars to the side and repair the tracks.
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close-up coverage of derailment...
thought that would be lame, but I stayed, and was pinned to my seat at the end
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I never understood how that happens unless the engineer is a dumbass.
We used to put pennies on the track and a cop caught us once and said that we could de-rail a train doing that. I think he just wanted us to stop playing on the track.
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Can't help but think of the song "Vicarious" from TOOL when I see stuff like this...
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We have tracks right next to our bar, if that happened here it would have flattened the building
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