A freight train containing hazardous chemicals derailed 30 cars on Saturday afternoon in Whittier, California. Authorities have not released the
reason for the derailment, and have not yet denied terrorist involvement. 2 homes are damaged and 30 others have been evacuated. The trains contained
butane and sulfuric acid.
The freight cars — some of which were carrying chemicals — derailed in an unincorporated area near the city of Whittier (search) near the 605
freeway. Firefighters were trying to determine what kind of chemicals were being carried and whether any of them had leaked, Los Angeles County
Sheriff"s Department deputy Luis Castro said.
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Given the recent reports of terrorist attacks possibly coming before the election, in addition to past reports of terrorist interest in
infrastructure, I"m wondering if this is the beginning of a pattern.
The southern California area averages 1-2 major derailments every year, causes range from inexperience or mishandling to lack of proper maintenance of
the equipment. It's just more proof that the U.S. railroad system needs a major overhaul to increase safety and economic efficiency.
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