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May 12, 1987
A fiery, 14-car derailment last week in the Columbia River Gorge was caused by a falling boulder, railroad officials in Seattle said. The boulder came from a nearby hillside in the scenic gorge, striking a wheel on a flatcar that was the fifth car in the train and the second in the string that left the tracks, said Howard Kallio of the Burlington Northern Railroad. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred near Stevenson, Wash.
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December 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
A freight car fell 80 feet onto an interstate highway early Tuesday after a train derailed on a bridge. Two railroad cars were left dangling from the bridge, and flying debris damaged a Greyhound bus and an automobile. "I slammed on my brakes and stopped and watched it all fall. It was like slow motion," said Robert Hobbs, a security company employee who was behind the bus. "The first car fell down and kind of folded in half, and the second slammed into it.
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December 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
A freight car fell 80 feet onto an interstate highway early Tuesday after a train derailed on a bridge. Two railroad cars were left dangling from the bridge, and flying debris damaged a Greyhound bus and an automobile. "I slammed on my brakes and stopped and watched it all fall. It was like slow motion," said Robert Hobbs, a security company employee who was behind the bus. "The first car fell down and kind of folded in half, and the second slammed into it.
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December 24, 1991 | Associated Press
A railroad tank car filled with butane derailed and caught fire early Monday, and about 100 homes were evacuated. No injuries were reported, and the fire was left to burn itself out. A total of 10 cars derailed in a rural area about 30 miles north of Seattle. Flames rose as high as 60 feet for more than 12 hours from the 33,600-gallon butane tanker.
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May 8, 1987 | United Press International
A series of fiery explosions erupted on a freight train Thursday when it derailed while passing through two tunnels, spilling part of its cargo into the Columbia River, authorities said. None of the four crewmen aboard the 33-car Burlington Northern train were injured in the 20-car derailment, railroad spokesman Howard Kallio said. The freight cars were not carrying hazardous materials, although a load of corrosive car batteries on one car spilled into the river, Kallio said.
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December 24, 1991 | Associated Press
A railroad tank car filled with butane derailed and caught fire early Monday, and about 100 homes were evacuated. No injuries were reported, and the fire was left to burn itself out. A total of 10 cars derailed in a rural area about 30 miles north of Seattle. Flames rose as high as 60 feet for more than 12 hours from the 33,600-gallon butane tanker.
NEWS
May 12, 1987
A fiery, 14-car derailment last week in the Columbia River Gorge was caused by a falling boulder, railroad officials in Seattle said. The boulder came from a nearby hillside in the scenic gorge, striking a wheel on a flatcar that was the fifth car in the train and the second in the string that left the tracks, said Howard Kallio of the Burlington Northern Railroad. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred near Stevenson, Wash.
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May 8, 1987 | United Press International
A series of fiery explosions erupted on a freight train Thursday when it derailed while passing through two tunnels, spilling part of its cargo into the Columbia River, authorities said. None of the four crewmen aboard the 33-car Burlington Northern train were injured in the 20-car derailment, railroad spokesman Howard Kallio said. The freight cars were not carrying hazardous materials, although a load of corrosive car batteries on one car spilled into the river, Kallio said.
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