Frack Sand Train Derails Near Allentown, 6 Cars Spill Near Homes

MDN is always a sucker for a good railroad story. We love how the fracking industry has breathed new life into the short line railroad business–especially in Pennsylvania. However, this particular railroad story is not such a happy one (although it could be worse).

Last Saturday a 45-car train for the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad was pulling a load of frack sand through Northampton County (Allentown area) when six of the cars derailed, spilling sand. Even though the accident happened in a populated area near homes and businesses, because the train was going a very slow 5 miles per hour, no one was hurt and no homes or businesses were damaged. Cleanup of the mess is set to begin today…

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