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June 24, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two freight trains collided head-on and exploded in a huge fireball on a stretch of track controlled by dispatchers about 850 miles away. Four people were killed, including a Union Pacific employee on each train and two unauthorized passengers who may have been riding the rails. The collision derailed 29 cars, damaged a railroad bridge and caused a tremendous blast as 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel ignited.
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August 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A train hauling chemicals derailed in a heavily wooded area near Magnolia, causing some cars to leak toxic chemicals, police said. No one was injured. Twenty-one cars on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed. The cause was not known. Authorities constructed a makeshift roadway to the train. When they reached the site after 12 hours, they found that about 11,000 gallons of acetic anhydrid and 23,000 gallons of No. 2 ethylhexyl acrylate had spilled.
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NEWS
November 28, 1988
Workers of the Union Pacific railroad finished repairing 2,000 feet of damaged track and reopened its main line through East Texas after a derailment believed caused by a tornado. The derailment of 45 cars during an intense thunderstorm near Fruitvale, Tex., forced the closure of the track, U.S. Highway 80 and Texas Highway 19 and forced 200 residents of the rural area to evacuate because of anhydrous ammonia fumes from a leaking tank car. Only two people were injured in the incident.
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July 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A truck driver involved in an Amtrak accident that injured nearly two dozen people ran a stop sign before he was hit, investigators said. The Sunset Limited was headed from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday when it slammed into the truck in Eagle Lake, Texas, about 60 miles west of Houston. Ten of the train's 13 cars were derailed, and 20 of the 235 passengers and an engineer were injured. Most were treated for bumps and bruises.
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August 9, 1989 | From United Press International
Two Union Pacific freight trains collided Tuesday near a Central Texas candy factory, killing one crew member, injuring six people and igniting a syrup tank car, officials said. The cause of the collision was under investigation.
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August 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Temperatures as high as 106 degrees were blamed for warping stretches of railroad track, causing two Union Pacific train derailments. The blistering heat also hampered efforts to fight grass and brush fires that charred hundreds of acres in North Texas, destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of about 100 people from rural Parker County, west of Fort Worth. The temperature in Dallas passed the century mark at noon, making it the 28th consecutive triple-digit day.
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October 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Six illegal immigrants sleeping on railroad tracks in south Texas, possibly to avoid snakebites, were killed when a Union Pacific freight train ran over them, authorities said. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the crew of the 105-car train saw the immigrants, all men, lying asleep between the rails in a remote and rugged area about 60 miles north of the border city of Brownsville, Texas, but it could not stop the train in time.
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November 19, 1988 | United Press International
Vandals started three Union Pacific locomotives at the local railroad yard on Friday and sent them empty at full throttle to the west on the Union Pacific main line, authorities said. After a trip of 214 miles, the linked locomotives were stopped by railroad employees who diverted them off the main line onto a spur, where they crashed into a boxcar. The boxcar was destroyed and one locomotive turned over. No one was hurt.
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April 6, 1988 | Associated Press
The 328 passengers on a stranded Amtrak train were treated to West Texas hospitality and a barbecue Tuesday after a freight train derailment kept them in this tiny town for more than 10 hours. The Sunset Limited, which runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, was stopped at Sanderson about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when a Southern Pacific freight train derailed ahead of it, said Debbie Marciniak, a spokeswoman for Amtrak in Chicago.
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July 9, 1999 | Reuters
Eighteen people suffered minor injuries Thursday when an Amtrak passenger train carrying 234 people derailed in rural Texas after hitting a truck. The Sunset Limited was en route from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., when it hit the truck at a crossing near Eagle Lake, Texas, 60 miles west of Houston. The train's two locomotives and seven of its 10 cars derailed, but all five of the passenger cars that left the tracks remained upright.
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December 21, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
An Amtrak passenger train carrying 199 people derailed Sunday night, slightly injuring 13 passengers. Eight passenger cars and one baggage car of the westbound train left the tracks shortly after 7 p.m., said Arlington Fire Lt. Pat English. He said the injured were treated at hospitals. "It's generalized mostly as neck and back pain," English said. "Nothing life-threatening, it appears, at this time. So we're really thankful it wasn't worse."
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October 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Six illegal immigrants sleeping on railroad tracks in south Texas, possibly to avoid snakebites, were killed when a Union Pacific freight train ran over them, authorities said. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the crew of the 105-car train saw the immigrants, all men, lying asleep between the rails in a remote and rugged area about 60 miles north of the border city of Brownsville, Texas, but it could not stop the train in time.
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August 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Temperatures as high as 106 degrees were blamed for warping stretches of railroad track, causing two Union Pacific train derailments. The blistering heat also hampered efforts to fight grass and brush fires that charred hundreds of acres in North Texas, destroyed a home and forced the evacuation of about 100 people from rural Parker County, west of Fort Worth. The temperature in Dallas passed the century mark at noon, making it the 28th consecutive triple-digit day.
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August 24, 1997 | Associated Press
A crew reportedly failed to set the brakes properly on an unmanned train that rolled nine miles and slammed into a westbound freight train, killing two locomotive engineers. State investigators said a two-member Union Pacific crew told them they left the train of four locomotives at a side track Wednesday night because three of the four engines had no fuel, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.
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August 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
A runaway Union Pacific train rolled nearly 10 miles with no one aboard and collided head-on with another train, killing two crew members and setting off a spectacular fire as more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the engines and ignited, authorities said. Two crew members survived the Fort Worth crash, which occurred about 11:30 p.m.
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June 24, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two freight trains collided head-on and exploded in a huge fireball on a stretch of track controlled by dispatchers about 850 miles away. Four people were killed, including a Union Pacific employee on each train and two unauthorized passengers who may have been riding the rails. The collision derailed 29 cars, damaged a railroad bridge and caused a tremendous blast as 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel ignited.
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July 26, 1994 | Reuters
Two freight trains collided head-on Monday in West Texas and the locomotives burst into flames, killing four crew members, authorities said. The two Southern Pacific Rail trains crashed near Marathon, about halfway between El Paso and San Antonio.
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