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February 22, 1988
An Amtrak official disagreed with Nebraska authorities on the cause of a fire in a crew car on Amtrak's California Zephyr that killed one man, and he defended the crew's handling of the emergency. Nebraska Deputy State Fire Marshal Chuck Hoffman had said that an electrical short in a heater in the crew car caused the Saturday fire in Hastings. Nineteen people were injured.
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November 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
About one-third of the 15,000 residents of Scottsbluff, Neb., were ordered to evacuate after a train derailment released a cloud of noxious gas. The derailment sent 18 cars of a 79-car freight train off the track. Three of the cars were torn open, spilling about 80,000 gallons of the chemical benzene, Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Steve Forsberg said. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon found in gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
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June 9, 1987
A San Jose man jumped or fell to his death from an eastbound Amtrak train near Cambridge, Neb., Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said. A witness said Kenneth Paul Workman jumped from the train, but authorities said there were still questions whether he fell or jumped.
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December 18, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A runaway train without lights, whistle or an engineer barreled across about 50 miles of western Nebraska on a moonless night earlier this month, coming within seconds of hitting a farmer and his pregnant wife. Operated only by a remote-controlled locomotive, the 55 train cars plowed through dozens of crossings, three railroad stop signs and passed several other trains before a train engineer stopped them. Officials said the train may have been sabotaged by an irate motorist.
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November 15, 1987 | United Press International
Five empty grain cars in a 102-car Union Pacific Railroad freight left the track Saturday morning. The conductor was injured in the derailment, which blocked two interstate highways for about an hour, police said.
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November 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
About one-third of the 15,000 residents of Scottsbluff, Neb., were ordered to evacuate after a train derailment released a cloud of noxious gas. The derailment sent 18 cars of a 79-car freight train off the track. Three of the cars were torn open, spilling about 80,000 gallons of the chemical benzene, Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Steve Forsberg said. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon found in gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
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July 14, 1995 | From Associated Press
A heat wave that scorched the Plains on Thursday for the sixth straight day derailed a freight train with rail-warping temperatures of 112 degrees and felled cattle, leaving them rotting--even bursting--in their pens. At least seven heat-related deaths were reported as the heat moved eastward. It was expected to stay over the eastern half of the nation through the weekend. Parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois neared 100 degrees. Near Nebraska City, Neb.
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December 18, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A runaway train without lights, whistle or an engineer barreled across about 50 miles of western Nebraska on a moonless night earlier this month, coming within seconds of hitting a farmer and his pregnant wife. Operated only by a remote-controlled locomotive, the 55 train cars plowed through dozens of crossings, three railroad stop signs and passed several other trains before a train engineer stopped them. Officials said the train may have been sabotaged by an irate motorist.
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July 14, 1995 | From Associated Press
A heat wave that scorched the Plains on Thursday for the sixth straight day derailed a freight train with rail-warping temperatures of 112 degrees and felled cattle, leaving them rotting--even bursting--in their pens. At least seven heat-related deaths were reported as the heat moved eastward. It was expected to stay over the eastern half of the nation through the weekend. Parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois neared 100 degrees. Near Nebraska City, Neb.
NEWS
February 22, 1988
An Amtrak official disagreed with Nebraska authorities on the cause of a fire in a crew car on Amtrak's California Zephyr that killed one man, and he defended the crew's handling of the emergency. Nebraska Deputy State Fire Marshal Chuck Hoffman had said that an electrical short in a heater in the crew car caused the Saturday fire in Hastings. Nineteen people were injured.
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November 15, 1987 | United Press International
Five empty grain cars in a 102-car Union Pacific Railroad freight left the track Saturday morning. The conductor was injured in the derailment, which blocked two interstate highways for about an hour, police said.
NEWS
June 9, 1987
A San Jose man jumped or fell to his death from an eastbound Amtrak train near Cambridge, Neb., Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said. A witness said Kenneth Paul Workman jumped from the train, but authorities said there were still questions whether he fell or jumped.
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