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NTSB to investigate CPKC derailment, UP worker fatality

"We need to do more to improve rail and rail worker safety NOW," NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy posted on X.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has launched investigations into two freight-rail accidents that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The first incident involved a Canadian Pacific Kansas City freight train that derailed July 5 near Bordulac, North Dakota. Twenty-nine cars derailed, with about half catching fire, the Minot Daily News reported.

A CPKC spokesman confirmed the train was transporting hazardous materials, according to the newspaper. Foster County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking was quoted in the article saying that CPKC mobilized quickly and had “boots on the ground” at the site within a few hours.

The NTSB also is investigating a fatal accident involving a UP employee that occurred July 6 in Melrose Park, Illinois, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said on the social media site X.

Fifty percent of the board’s open rail investigations involve rail employee fatalities, according to Homendy.

“We need to do more to improve rail and rail worker safety NOW,” she posted.

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