Accident Investigations

HQ-2015-1094 (Finalized)

  • 07
  • Nov
  • 2015
RAILROAD: BNSF Railway Company
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Hazardous Materials
ABSTRACT: On November 7, 2015, at 8:45 a.m., CST, eastbound BNSF Railway (BNSF) Mixed-Freight Train H-NTWKCK-9-06 derailed 25 cars while operating on BNSF’s Chicago Division, St. Croix Subdivision, on Main Track 1. The train consisted of 58 loaded cars, 54 empty cars, and weighed 9,726 tons. The train was 8,188 feet in length. The derailment occurred at approximately Milepost 353.2, located near Alma, Wisconsin. Alma is approximately 50 miles north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The derailment included 13 loaded tank cars containing Alcohols, Not Otherwise Specified (N.O.S.), Class 3 flammable liquid UN 1987. In addition, three loaded and nine empty automobile transport cars derailed. The Alcohol, N.O.S. Cars leaked approximately 20,413 gallons of product. The derailment location was through the back waters of the Mississippi River, which paralleled both sides of Main Track 1 and 2. An unknown amount of Alcohol, N.O.S. was leaked into the water. No fires resulted from the derailment, but as a precaution, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department evacuated 75 residents located near the derailment site at 9:00 a.m. The evacuation was lifted at 1:05 p.m.
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