Saturday, September 5, 2009

Two Freight Train Accidents in US in One Day

Separate Incidents Leave One Dead and Train Derailed
Shipping News Feature

US – Two freight train crashes yesterday caused the death of one man, 18 year old Rick Cima of Plainfield, Connecticut and a serious derailment at Pueblo, Colorado. Mr Cima died after his truck was struck by a train belonging to the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company which is a regional freight rail carrier operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

The dead man was apparently crossing over the tracks on Lillibridge Road, Plainfield, one of several points on the line which have no crossing gates. There are flashing warning lights to advise caution when a train is approaching. Mr Cima was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the other incident fourteen freight cars of the one hundred and twelve car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train left the track south of Pinion Canyon near Pueblo. Four cars finished on their sides adjacent to the track which runs close to interstate highway I-25. Six of the trucks were marked with HAZMAT stickers which gave great cause for concern initially. Colorado State Patrol’s Hazardous Materials team attended but it was found that the cargo of hazardous denatured alcohol and asphalt had just been offloaded.

No injuries have been reported and there was no disruption to traffic.