Train Derailment

Train Derailment

This image was taken in Columbus, Ohio on July 11th, 2012

Columbus, Ohio

At approximately 2:00 a.m on July 11, 2012, a 98-car Norfolk Southern freight train burst into flames when sixteen cars derailed southeast of The Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio.  The two-locomotive train was carrying ethanol which ignited the fire that could be seen from more than ten miles away in the early morning sky. Residents within a one-mile radius of the crash were evacuated from their homes.  To mitigate risk of the combustible cargo reigniting, the fire was permitted to burn-out which occurred a little more than 24 hours later.  No cause of the accident was ever determined.

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