May 2005 Wreck Roundup

A vacuum train derailed May 31 at a Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, Newsday reported. The MTA train pulled out of a station around 4 a.m. and it took crews almost 12 hours to clean up the derailment.

A Canadian National train derailed May 30 in Baton Rouge, La., and forced the evacuation of some downtown blocks, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported. Eight cars derailed, half of which were carrying the flammable gas propylene oxide, according to the newspaper.

On May 24, a Union Pacific train derailed in Los Angeles and a car leaked acetone, a television station reported. A pair of Metrolink trains were cancelled the next morning because of the derailment.

A 19-year-old man was electrocuted May 19 after he ran onto Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority tracks and came in contact with the third rail. The man was fleeing from police when he went onto the tracks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Rail service was back to normal the next morning.

Eleven cars derailed in a Houston Union Pacific rail yard early in the morning on May 13. At first, authorities were concerned about potentially leaking petroleum gas from some of the cars, but those fears were unfounded.

A CSX train heading from Washington, Ind., to Louisville, Ky., derailed near Pekin, Ind., WAVE reported. Eleven of the train’s cars derailed, including at least one carrying phosphorus pentasulfide, the television station reported. About 200 nearby residents were evacuated because of the derailment.