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« on: May 17, 2021, 03:05:25 pm »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) report

No injuries reported, perhaps surprisingly in view of the scale of destruction.
There is a risk of explosion as some of the cargo was fertiliser, people nearby evacuated.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2021, 04:15:47 pm »

Well, the USA has a huge freight railway network, and a lot of it is pretty rough. Derailments are common, as are loads of hazardous materials. This one was only yesterday:
About 28 train cars derailed Saturday afternoon along a rail line in Albert Lea, Minn., with cleanup efforts continuing Sunday.

A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson Saturday that said the train “was carrying mixed commodities; however, we have confirmed two of the derailed cars are leaking hydrochloric acid. Union Pacific is working with emergency responders to determine a response plan.”

After initially issuing a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents as the scene was assessed, authorities later said there was no danger to the public. There were no injuries.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 07:46:36 am »

On North America I think of the Mississauga Miracle
Amazingly no deaths.
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