Skip to comments.Train Derails Over Calif. Cliff
Posted on 05/12/2002 8:16:53 PM PDT by Dallas
COLFAX, Calif. --
A train carrying non-hazardous chemicals derailed in northeast California and was partially suspended over a steep cliff Sunday night.
One of the train's 73 cars hung over a drop known as China Wall in a rural area away from people and homes, said Placer County Sheriff's Captain Rick Armstrong. No one was injured and authorities said the rail car was not in danger of falling.
One of the six cars that derailed contained non-hazardous byproducts and two were carrying an ammonia sulfate powder that is not dangerous by itself, Armstrong said.
The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe train was heading east when it derailed at about 2:30 p.m., said Michael Furtney, a spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the tracks.
The California Forestry Department dispatched hazardous materials crews to the site, northeast of Sacramento.
"We've got people out there on the scene trying to secure all the cars and make sure none of them are leaking," Furtney said. "Given the location, it's fairly tricky."
Passengers on Amtrak's California Zephyr, bound for Emeryville from Chicago, were taken away on buses to continue their journey, said Tom Gambrel of Amtrak.
The voicemail box for a Burlington Northern spokeswoman was full Sunday.
The cause of the derailment was under investigation.
Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press
Actually they are all related. They are all related to Federal regulation of the Rail industry, and the consequent mis-management that this causes.
This derailment obviously can be blamed on Ozzy Osbourne....
Here's a prediction: tomorrow the sun will rise in the east and set in the west. Guaranteed, so be prepared. And don't fall to the ground and worship me when it happens.
Still dining on all that leftover Y2K spam and bottled water?
Oh wise Diddle! No pleasing you! Weather, Diddle-slapping, no adaptation of your attitude suffices!
This is a common misnomer, with regard to r/r disfunction. I have worked in the railroad industry for 23 years, and i would love more than anything else to blame the feds for this....
The true reason is that the cost of replacing and repairing our current infrastructure is so high, that our rail system limps along on a wing and a prayer. This is economics, pure and simple.
Most r/r's are so close to border line broke, that they can't in most cases afford to keep their infrastructures in pristine condition.
The lawsuits from car hitting train accidents all have payoffs to the lawbreakers that are usually always staggeringly in the millions of dollars.
The solution? For the life of me, I can't think of one, that is why the "great" European rail systems are completely socialized, having the governments paying for everything...not a workable solution here in this country.
By the way...I am not a Federal employee!!
(OK, I've now banished myself to the corner. :-)
Trucking companies always brag on the back of their trucks how much in taxes they pay. The truth is that that amount doesn't even begin to pay for the damage they do to the roads.
I once rode in a dome car of the (Western Pacific's) California Zephyr through the beautiful Feather River Canyon BEFORE the Oroville dam was built....My dad worked for Western Pacific RR.
What are the points on a track?
If I'd have read the story before I posted it......I wouldn't have posted it under breaking news.
It would take some effort to take the bolts out of one,not the kind of thing to just fall off.;o)
"Well, they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia saying 'Steve, you're way behind time',
This is not thirty-eight, but ol' ninety seven, you must get her, in Spencer, on time".....
... yeah right... and would they tell us immediately if they WERE hazardous.... would the authorities do ANYTHING right now to alarm the public... LOTSA train accidents... and LOTSA lights on a power substations all over the country, 24-7...
If folks want to believe at least a few of these are genuine accidents... it is their choice... but after a while... we have to consider, this makes for a LOT of derailments, compared to a similar frame of time in most years... I would say the arabs are hoping to get lucky and derail a train with SERIOUS chemicals on board, near a residential area... and soon.
It also appears that they have been relatively unsuccessful to date. I suspect they are trying to learn new job skills... to attack our infrastructures more effectively. Cheifly they would be analyzing our "response teams" and methods...
It's time to open the refugee camps... and prepare muslim sympathisers for deportation to the islamic hell-hole of their choice. America is too big, for the puny muslimaniac religion... it is time for them to go back to eating the sand, and sleeping with the scorpions they apparently inherited their character from.
Cloud seeding from cropdusters? ;-)
Nope, Loomis, but I drive fast ~:^)
Whether intentionally or not, people like to ignore the fact that there are always train mishaps, and have been many train mishaps over the years. Every month there are mishaps. Just after 9/11, when there is slow news, the media and some individuals like to try and make a normal every-day mishap important. They would rather assign blame to terrorists, rather than the lowest bidder or employee competence.
Much like the sharks last summer. They tried to make it out to be some kind of shark invasion around Florida. I've lived in Florida, and along the gulf coast over the years, the sharks have always been there at various times. Just slow news means the media has to make a mountain out of a molehill for ratings and manipulate those people who are looking for secret conspiraces at every turn.
You forgot to mention the sharks along the Florida coast last year, definitely the work of OBL!
But I won't yet rule it out for the current Britain wreck, nor the gas canister fire in the Milan subway on Saturday. If it involves passengers, then it is always a possibility, but a freight in the middle of nowhere? I'm just reacting to some other people's absolute refusal to consider any logic before concluding that the sky is falling. The same one's on every accident thread, claiming the gov't is covering up to avoid panic.
Call me paranoid, but with the Washington, DC area now in its third or fourth tornado watch since Sept. 11 (where before tornadoes were RARE), and one coming exceedingly close and ending up with two deaths at the Univ. of MD, and one ending up in the deadly F-4 in LaPlata, MD, I'm beginning to suspect something else:
ANGELS DON'T PLAY THIS HAARP
HAARP - THE ULTIMATE WEAPON OF THE CONSPIRACY http://www.earthpulse.com/haarp/
Shadow gov't aiming for Congress?
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