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The Other Side of the Story: When .002% Matters

by on July 15, 2014

The following is quoted from CN Rail’s website, July 15, 2014, from its “Leadership in Safety” online publication, page 10:

“99.998% of hazardous material carloads moving by CN arrive at their destination without a release caused by an accident.”

With credit to “Railroaded,” this is the recent account of what happened to the remaining .002%

Suddenly, “.002%” doesn’t look so insignificant anymore…

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Railroaded CN derailment Three Hills image July 12 2014The fifth reported Canadian National Railway derailment in 6 weeks in Alberta occurred July 12 north of Three Hills, about 60 kilometres northeast of Calgary (CBC News). 15 cars derailed, causing disruptions to transportation services in the area. Most of the cars carried general consumer merchandise, while 2 carried chemicals for household and industrial use. Alberta Emergency Alert indicated a local road was closed for an undisclosed length of time.

Other reported CN derailments in Alberta during the past 6 weeks include:

1. July 4: 6 cars carrying crude oil, methanol, lumber and gravel derailed and flipped over near Whitecourt.

2. June 27: 11 grain cars derailed near Chisholm.

3. June 11: 20 cars carrying dangerous goods residue, grain and lumber derailed near Faust.

4. May 30: About 50,000 litres of molten sulphur spilled from 3 of 7 derailed cars north of Lac La Biche.

See CN Railway…

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