What happened in Dunsmuir CA? A train accident caused a chemical tank car to fall into the Sacramento River, spilling 19,000 gallons of the herbicide metam sodium. The chemical impacts extended over 20 miles from the spill site to Lake Shasta.
Did a train derail in California? Derailments caused by excessive heat are rare but not unheard of. A 19-car cargo train derailed in Tulare County after extreme heat led to buckling on the track in 2017. Officials pointed to similar causes when a cargo train derailed in Big River near the California-Arizona border in 2020.
What caused the train to derail? Derailments
A derailment is when a train runs off its rail, either because of a collision with another object, a conductor error, mechanical track failure, broken rails, or defective wheels. A derailment doesn’t necessarily mean the train leaves the tracks – some may be minor.
What caused the Amtrak train to derail? The derailment occurred as the train, traveling eastbound to Chicago, collided with a dump truck at a crossing near the town of Mendon in north-central Missouri at about 12:42 p.m. Monday, according to Amtrak.