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Notable Crude Oil and Ethanol Derailments with Causes Since 2006

Incident Date Release (gallons) Fatalities Cause of Derailment
New Brighton, PA Oct. 2006 485,278 Rail
Shepherdsville, KY Jan. 2007 69,402 Stiff truck
Painesville, OH Oct. 2007 76,153 Rail
Luther, OK Aug. 2008 80,746 Irregular cross level
Cherry Valley, IL Jun. 2009 232,963 1 Washout/Rail
Arcadia, OH Feb. 2011 834,840 Rail
Tiskilwa, IL Oct. 2011 143,534 Broken Rail
Columbus, OH Jul. 2012 53,347 Broken, Rail
Plevna, MT Aug. 2012 245,336 Buckled Track
Lac-Megantic Jul. 2013 1,500,000 47 Run Away
Aliceville, AL Nov. 2013 700,000 Rail
Casselton, ND Dec. 2013 476,000 Collision/Broken Axle
Plaster Rock, NB Jan. 2014 60,800 Broken Wheel
Lynchburg, VA Apr. 2014 29,000 Broken rail
Dubuque, IA Feb. 2015 53,785 Broken rail
Gogama/Timmins, ON Feb. 2015 450,000 Joint Bar Failure
Mt. Carbon, WV Feb. 2015 378,000 Broken Rail
Galena, IL Mar. 2015 110,543 Broken Wheel
Gogama, ON Mar. 2015 692,000 Broken Rail
Heimdal, ND May 2015 96,000 Broken Wheel
Culbertson, MT Jul. 2015 27,000 Broken Wheel
Lesterville, SD Sep. 2015 50,000 Broken Rail
Mosier, OR 1-Jun-16 47,000 Wide Gauge
Grattinger, IA 10-Mar-17 322,000 Broken Rail
Plainfield, IL 30-Jun-17 84,000 Subsidence
Doon, IA 22-Jun-18 160,000 Washout (pending NTSB)
St. Lazare, MB 16-Feb-19 217,000 TBD
Ft. Worth, TX 24-Apr-19 74,400 Washout
Guernsey, SK 9-Dec-19 c. 400,000 TBD
Guernsey, SK 6-Feb-20 c. 300,000 TBD
Draffin, KY Feb. 2020 TBD Obstruction (rock slide)
Emo, SK Feb. 2020 55,000 Track (pending NTSB)
Custer, WA Feb. 2020 29,000 TBD
Oklaunion, TX Jan. 2022 550,000 Broken Rail
Raymond, MN Mar. 2023 28,000 Broken Rail

*All data reflects best understanding as of 1/25/2024
Sources: FRA, PHMSA, NTSB, TSB, railroads, RSI/AAR Safety Project