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What If a “Bomb Train” Derailed at the Railroad Bridge at Northwest Highway and Davis St, Arlington Heights?

Stalled freight train in downtown Arlington Heights consisted of one tanker car with Di-Methyl Sulfate, one tanker car with N-Propanol, two unmarked tanker cars, and one tanker car that was not observed close up. Trains known as “bomb trains” have been nicknamed because of their black, torpedo-shaped tanks that are filled with potentially explosive crude […]

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Amtrak Train #188 Moving at 106 MPH When Engineer Applied Brakes on Curve Regulated at 50 MPH

NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt says the emergency brakes slowed the Amtrak train from 106 mph to 102 mph before the train derailed in Philadelphia. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released preliminary crash information at a press conference in Philadelphia just after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday describing a train that was traveling over 100 MPH […]

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Updates from Philadelphia Amtrak Train Crash, Derailment: Surveillance Video Shows Power Flashes, Naval Academy Midshipman Killed

Surveillance video shows train passing at high moment before train derailment, then shows flashes during crash. The Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, which killed at least seven people and caused over 200 people to require visits to area hospitals appeared to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as […]

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Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia; Crashed Train Was En Route from Washington DC to New York City

CNN’s Sara Sidner reports from the scene of an Amtrak passenger train derailment that has left at least five people dead and many more injured. A sixth person died overnight. An Amtrak train is reported derailed in Philadelphia with injuries reported. Officials have not confirmed injuries, but photos taken by former Pennsylvania congressman Patrick J. […]

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Formation of a Tornado Explained: Collision of Warm, Moist Air & Cold Dry Air, Elevated Thunderheads, Rotation, Downdraft

CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray explains how tornadoes form and why they are one of the most dangerous weather phenomena on Earth. Scale Wind speed (Estimated) Relative frequency Potential damage mph km/h m/s EF0 65–85 105–137 29–37 53.5% Minor or no damage. Peels surface off some roofs; some damage to gutters or siding; branches broken off […]

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Video Reports on Nepal Earthquake of April 25, 2015

Dr. Sanjay Gupta performed brain surgery on an earthquake victim in Nepal. Kristie Lu Stout speaks to Dolma Development Fund Chairman Tim Gocher about the devastation in Nepal’s rural regions CNN’s Arwa Damon travels to the district of Kavre, outside the capitol of Kathmandu, Nepal, to see the extent of devastation caused by the earthquake […]

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Preliminary Ground Survey Indicates Thursday’s Main Tornado Was An EF-4 Tornado

National Weather Service meteorologists have conducted a ground survey covering the most heavily damaged locations of north central Illinois. Based on early findings the tornado that tracked from near Rochelle to near Belvidere…and impacted the community of Fairdale…appears to have been a single long track tornado. Preliminary survey assessment indicates this tornado was an EF-4. […]

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VIDEO: Storm Chasers Witness Rollover Semi-Trailer Truck While Documenting a Wedge Tornado Crossing I-39 Near Rochelle, Illinois

WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Wedge tornado crosses I-39; tandem semi-trailer truck rolls over after passing video crew. Storm chasers from Live Storms Media were documenting a large wedge tornado that had just crossed I-39. Videographer Tyler Olson and his crew were northbound on I-39 and pulled over to the shoulder after the tornado passed from east […]

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Tornado Videos from North Central Illinois Thursday, April 9, 2015 with NWS Tornado Reports from Ashton, Cherry Valley, Fairdale, Kirkland, Rochelle

Rochelle, IL Tornado April 9, 2015 VIDEO CREDIT: Matt Salo/SevereStudios.com Wedge Tornado that dropped near Rochelle, Illinois Thursday, April 9, 2015. Strong tornado touches down in Rochelle, Illinois About 7:00 p.m. a tornado developed near Rochelle, IL and intensified into a large, violent, long track wedge tornado that lasted about 30 minutes. Large wedge tornado […]

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Grubsteakers Restaurant in Rochelle Before and After Tornado April 9, 2015

Large wedge tornado that hit Rochelle, Illinois Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. just before Grubsteakers was destroyed by a tornado. View Larger Map Photo from Britny Pattat shows damage to Grubsteakers Restaurant in Rochelle, IL. pic.twitter.com/lmbP7gYvpV — TODAY'S TMJ4 (@tmj4) April 10, 2015 What's left of Grubsteakers Restaurant after tonight's tornado. 12 trapped […]

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Tornado Damage in Illinois: Houses Down in Fairdale, Illinois; Damage in Rochelle

UPDATE: A 67-year-old woman was found dead in her residence, according to the DeKalb County coroner said. Here identity was not released late Thursday night. Seven people were reported injured and transported to local hospitals. Rescue crews went house-to-house with heavy equipment using light towers and searchlights searched for victims. Many buildings were unstable and […]

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French Prime Minister: No Survivors in Air Bus Crash in Alps

Germanwings CEO: 2 babies aboard plane. Germanwings CEO Oliver Wagner provides details about the last minutes before Flight 9525 crashed in southeastern France. The Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft “Flight 4U 9525 took off from Barcelona with 144 passengers on board. The aircraft crash occurred near the midpoint of its flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The […]

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