Two weeks after a Southern Pacific Railroad train derailed along the Sacramento River, causing a devastating chemical spill, another SP train has been in an accident involving dangerous chemicals--this time closer to home.
Sunday's train wreck at Seacliff, in Ventura County, did not cause immediate environmental damage. Nonetheless, attention will be focused anew on just how SP runs its railroad.
And, with the number of rail accidents involving hazardous materials climbing in many parts of the country, this latest incident underscores the need for federal and state agencies, as well as the rail companies, to address fundamental safety questions.
A broken axle reportedly contributed to the Seacliff accident, which disrupted rail and highway traffic along one of Southern California's busiest transportation corridors.