UP cleans site of derailment in Dupo, Ill.; environmental consultants say area is safe for residents

(Source: Railway Track & Structures, September 12, 2019)

NEW YORK Damages from the Union Pacific train derailment in Dupo, Ill., appear to be limited to just the rail cars and track. About 13 rail cars spilled on Sept. 10, with one of the carriers catching on fire. The flammable liquid turned out to be methyl isobutyl ketone, which is a solvent used for gums, resins, paints, varnishes, lacquers and nitrocellulose. The fire was extinguished by 3 p.m. on Sept. 10, and within hours crews were on the scene to make the necessary repairs. Ties were replaced as well as rail and ballast. The track was back open the morning of Sept. 11.

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Friday, September 13, 2019


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