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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 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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