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Thursday, October 12, 2006

NTSB to consider two rail accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting Tuesday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m., in its Washington Board Room and Conference Center.
Two accidents are on the agenda.
On October 15, 2005, a westbound Union Pacific Railroad train collided with the rear of a standing UP train in a rail yard in Texarkana, Ark. The collision resulted in the puncture of a railroad tank car containing propylene, a flammable gas. An unknown ignition source ignited the migrating gas, exploding a house and killing the person inside. Approximately 3,000 residents within a one-mile radius of the accident were advised to evacuate.
In the other accident, on April 3, 2005, a westbound Amtrak train derailed on the north side of the Columbia River near Home Valley, Washington. Of the 115 persons aboard, 30 people sustained minor injuries.
A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be available on the Board’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Technical support details are available under “Board Meetings.” To report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for Webcast Technical Support.

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