Monday, August 19, 2013

Brake Tampering on 2 of 3 Cars Causes Bethel Vermont Train Derailment Crash

see  Train Accidents, Attacks and Sabotage

August 19, 2013 Brake Tampering on 2 of 3 Cars Causes Bethel Vermont Train Derailment Crash Bethell Vermont. Three grain cars had two of three cars brakes deliberately released, apparently an act of felony vandalism or sabotage. It caused the cars to run away, rolling past the end of a spur and derailing causing a crash with $30,000 in damage. In Canada, the Lac-Mégantic derailment destroyed the center of small town when oil cars ran away when their air brakes were released without explanation, and exploded when they derailed and burned. Terrorism was ruled out in that case. 

keywords: railroad, derail, terrorism, sabotage, vermont

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Police: Brake Tampering Caused Bethel Vermont Train Derailment | Valley News
Two of three cars had brakes released, if third had been released, it would have caused disaster

, August 19, 2013 Bethel — Three grain cars derailed Saturday in Bethel and nearly rolled over an embankment behind Green Mountain Feed, in a case that is being investigated as felony vandalism, police said yesterday.  The brakes of two of the three train cars were allegedly tampered with, according to police, and the derailment caused an estimated $30,000 in damage. Vermont State Police responded to a train crash near the intersection of Routes 12 and 107 shortly before 11 p.m., and found that three cars had rolled through the end of a spur and derailed. It was determined that the brakes holding two of the three cars in place had been disengaged, causing two cars, with a combined weight of half-million to 1 million pounds, to roll back into the third. All three were pushed off the tracks as a result. If the brakes on the third car had been disengaged as well, police said in a news release, it could have had “catastrophic consequences.”