Chemical Train Derails In Chicago; 8th U.S. Derailment In Two Months

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/27/2023
On Sunday in North Dakota, a freight train operated by Canadian Pacific Railway derailed, leaking dangerous liquid asphalt from containers. The incident is the most recent in a string of derailments that have occurred across the Country, one of which resulted in the catastrophic spill of poisonous substances.

According to a Canadian Pacific official who talked to local media on Sunday night, the event happened close to the village of Wyndmere shortly after 11 p.m. According to Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht, 31 of the train's 70 cars—some of which were carrying wet asphalt—left the track.


Although liquid asphalt is a petroleum-based product that is flammable, Lambrecht claimed that cold temperatures will enable the substance to harden and lessen the likelihood of fire.

According to emergency personnel who spoke to local radio, the cleanup process is anticipated to take seven to ten days.

The tragedy comes after at least seven additional freight trains had derailed throughout the US since the start of February. A wheat-carrying Canadian Pacific train derailed earlier on Sunday in a Chicago neighborhood, and on Thursday, five CSX Transportation freight cars derailed in Massachusetts.

An industrial train derailed in Arizona earlier this month, spilling corn syrup, while a train in West Virginia wrecked a week earlier, leaking fuel into a river. In February, a coal train in Nebraska and a train hauling agricultural supplies in Michigan both derailed, while a Norfolk Southern Railway train was tragically involved in an accident near East Palestine, Ohio.

38 cars in total derailed in East Palestine, setting fire to themselves and spewing poisonous vinyl chloride into the air. The village was covered in stifling black haze after authorities burned off hundreds of litres of the chemical, which people believe is still causing skin rashes and respiratory problems.

Former President Donald Trump visited the incident site whereas President Joe Biden chose not go, drawing criticism for the Biden administration's handling of the situation. Some weeks after the incident, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited East Palestine, and earlier this month he pushed Congress to implement tighter safety regulations for freight railroads.

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