- Oct 31, 2008
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Emergency crews were on the scene in Van Buren Township, where about 30 Norfolk Southern Railway train cars went off the tracks Thursday morning.www.yahoo.com
TBH, minor derailments happen every day. They don't usually make the news because they're not serious, no one is hurt and the public isn't usually affected. But since a big one has made the news, everyone will be paying attention.
Derailments involving HazMat are always worth paying attention to. Cars that carry hazardous materials, like tankers and covered hoppers, are designed specifically for the freight they carry. They're usually owned by the customers themselves or by a company that leases them to the shippers. They're the result of decades of testing and are designed to stay intact in all but the worst accidents. They are fairly rare, considering how much HazMat freight moves around every day. NTSB is investigating and we'll eventually have some idea of what caused this accident.