貨物列車が脱線、爆発 米中西部、原油を運搬中

2013.12.31 14:40
 
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米中西部ノースダコタ州ファーゴ郊外で30日、原油を積んでいた貨物列車が脱線して炎上、少なくとも数回の大きな爆発が起きた。死傷者はいないが、煙による健康被害への懸念から、地元警察当局は現場から8キロ離れた地域まで避難勧告を出した。米メディアが伝えた。

同州では近年、新型原油「シェールオイル」の生産が急増。7月にも同州から原油を運んでいた列車がカナダ東部ケベック州で脱線、爆発して47人が死亡しており、原油の鉄道輸送の安全性が懸念されている。

30日の事故は、穀物を積んでいた別の貨物列車が最初に脱線し、平行する隣の線路で原油を運搬していた列車がこれに接触して脱線した。

原油の列車は100両以上の編成で、10〜20両が炎上したとみられる。(共同)

参照元 : 産経新聞

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A train derailment sparked a fire about a mile west of Casselton, North Dakota on Monday.

The fire could be seen for miles around the train, witnesses said. The Casselton Fire Department says a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train is involved, reported the Valley News.

One bulk oil car is on fire and black smoke is being released. The Casselton Fire Department said there’s concerns about the fire being near an ethanol plant. Gretchen Hjelmstad of Valley News said via Twitter that there are “100 foot flames.”

Hope Hanselman of Valley News said, also via Twitter, that one train derailed, then an oncoming train hit the derailed train. “111 cars full of oil,” she said. “Just witnessed third massive explosion,” she said. “Highest yet as oil cars continue to catch fire.”

People living to the southeast of Casselton are being told to shelter-in-place. A code red has been issued for Casselton, and residents are being urged to stay indoors. “There is a haz-mat incident 
west of town,” they were told in an email, reported WDAY-TV. 

“As a retired firefighter, it’s best to stay away from the site,” commented Cleone Stewart on the broadcaster’s Facebook page. “Don’t mess with breathing hazardous materials–watch it on your TV or Facebook instead.”

“”Fire too big for FD to approach, police keeping everyone 3/4 mile away while it burns,” added local Dave Arnston on Twitter.

Train Derailment and Crash Sparks Huge Fire, Code Red Issued