Buhl Alabama, June 16, 2014
A train carrying tank cars filled with Light Fuel Oil, Hazmat # 1993 derailed this afternoon with no explosions, no fire balls, no injuries. It was NOT Bakken Crude.
Due to a camera malfunction the photos were not that great at the scene but I was able to capture the incident fairly well. What is more important to me than the wreck is why the wreck happened. I took time to drive across every railroad crossing along the path.
Rotten cross ties, missing rail plates, dips and waves in the tracks that were quite scary since I had video taped a Bakken Crude train on these very tracks not too long ago. This line is in very bad condition and was probably the cause of the wreck. It should be mentioned that this is the route that was used as an alternate route for Bakken crude bomb trains after the Aliceville Alabama explosion.
Check out the photos below and see for yourself what is right outside most neighborhoods across America.
|Rotten cross ties|
|Oil stain on tacks|
|Cross ties completely rotted away|
|Gaps under spacers|
|The wreck site|
|1993 hazmat placards (light fuel oil)|
|DOT - 111 cars|
|I saw no sign of spillage yet|