National Transportation Safety Board & North Dakota

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States, along the Canadian border. 1.0/5

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Canada orders safer crude oil-tank cars within 3 years • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER and JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune The Canadian government set a 2017 deadline, putting pressure on U.S. officials to do the same. The Canadian government ordered that nation’s rail shippers Wednesday to use sturdier tank cars for crude oil and ethanol trains within three years, putting pressure on U.S. regulators to address the same problem. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said older tankers, known as DOT-111s, carrying hazardous liquids must be phased out or retrofitted to meet new safety standards within three years. She also put new speed limits on such trains. “I am committed to making our country a model of world-class safety,” Raitt said at a news conference in Ottawa. The announcement came eight months after a runaway train loaded with North Dakota crude oil crashed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying part of the city’s downtown. Three subsequent oil train crashes, in ...
Railcars in North Dakota crude train crash older, less safe-investigators FARGO, N.D., Dec 31 (Reuters) - The railcars carrying crude oil that crashed into a derailed grain train in North Dakota on Monday were all older types that do not meet the latest industry safety standards, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday. Robert Sumwalt, who is leading the NTSB's investigation into the collision of two BNSF Railway Co trains, said the cylindrical tank cars on the oil train were known as DOT-111s, which are widely used to move crude and ethanol. In October 2011, the American Association of Railroads, the rail industry's trade group, adopted new standards requiring tank cars manufactured after that date to have thicker hulls and reinforced valves to better protect against punctures and leaks in derailments. U.S. regulators also are considering tougher safety standards. "Our preliminary information is that none of the cars were of the newer design," Sumwalt said at a news conferenc ...
Broken axle found at scene of ND derailment BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal investigators said Wednesday they have recovered a broken axle at the scene of an oil train derailment and fire in southeastern North Dakota but don't know yet whether it caused the wreck. "We'll want to know if it was the actual cause of the derailment, or was it broken during the derailment?" National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said. Investigators at the scene have found nothing wrong with the railroad track or with signals along the tracks. Interviews of train crews were to begin as early as Thursday, Sumwalt said, and investigators have other work to finish such as developing a detailed timeline of the incident and going through shipping records.' "Our investigative teams will be here through the weekend," he said. "We are in the very early stages of the investigation, but even still we are making good progress." The NTSB said earlier that a westbound BNSF Railway train carrying grain derailed first Mond ...
BLET Safety Task Force dispatched to North Dakota oil train fire, Louisiana derailment The BLET Safety Task Force has dispatched two teams of responders to assist the National Transportation Safety Board with investigations following derailments in Casselton, N.D., and Keithville, La. Full story:
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go-team to investigate an accident in Casselton, North Dakota where a BNSF grain train derailed and a train traveling in the opposite direction carrying crude oil struck the derailment and derailed. There was a significant post-crash fire. The…
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