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Train derailment leaves 21 cars, locomotive off tracks in South San Antonio

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A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.

A train derailed Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017, and left 21 train cars that contained coal, as well as the locomotive, off its tracks near a crossing on the South Side of San Antonio.


Photo: Jacob Beltran

San Antonio train wrecks and derailments through the years.

San Antonio train wrecks and derailments through the years.


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Seven tank cars exploded after a bridge collapsed just north of the San Antonio International airport on Sunday, June 8, 1986. The 80 car and four locomotive Union Pacific train derailment forced the evacuation of 2,000 people as the fire was left to burn itself out. less
Seven tank cars exploded after a bridge collapsed just north of the San Antonio International airport on Sunday, June 8, 1986. The 80 car and four locomotive Union Pacific train derailment forced the evacuation … more


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A north view on Wetmore Road of the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.

A north view on Wetmore Road of the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.


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Fireman Jim Wuneburger is washed down at the scene of a toxic chemical spill from a train derailment in 1986.

Fireman Jim Wuneburger is washed down at the scene of a toxic chemical spill from a train derailment in 1986.


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1986 train derailment and chemical spill

1986 train derailment and chemical spill


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Workers survey the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.

Workers survey the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.


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An aerial view of the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill

An aerial view of the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill


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Venessa Medina, 9 years old, was among the more than 1,000 people who were displaced from their homes because of a train derailment and chemical spill in 1986. Garner Middle School served as a disaster shelter.

Venessa Medina, 9 years old, was among the more than 1,000 people who were displaced from their homes because of a train derailment and chemical spill in 1986. Garner Middle School served as a disaster shelter.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

1986 train derailment and chemical spill

1986 train derailment and chemical spill


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

Jason Atkins, 12, watches the final clean-up operations one block from his house. One of the displaced residents, Jason said he liked staying at the Marriot Hotel. 

Jason Atkins, 12, watches the final clean-up operations one block from his house. One of the displaced residents, Jason said he liked staying at the Marriot Hotel. 


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A San Antonio fireman drains chemicals from a tanker car to ignite — one at a time — after the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill. 

A San Antonio fireman drains chemicals from a tanker car to ignite — one at a time — after the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill. 


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Mayor Henry Cisneros holds a meeting at the Marriott North to address the train derailment and chemical spill with the community, 1986.

Mayor Henry Cisneros holds a meeting at the Marriott North to address the train derailment and chemical spill with the community, 1986.


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News media watch as empty tank car is moved into the area of Bitters Road and Wetmore Road after the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.

News media watch as empty tank car is moved into the area of Bitters Road and Wetmore Road after the 1986 train derailment and chemical spill.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

The first train over the bridge, repaired after the 1986 chemical train derailment, June 19, 1986.

The first train over the bridge, repaired after the 1986 chemical train derailment, June 19, 1986.


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The first train over the bridge, repaired after the chemical train derailment, June 19, 1986.

The first train over the bridge, repaired after the chemical train derailment, June 19, 1986.


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Piles of soda ash leak out of a derailed freight car near New Braunfels, 1984.

Piles of soda ash leak out of a derailed freight car near New Braunfels, 1984.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

A Southern Pacific freight train derailed  the night of September 14, 1985 just south of San Antonio. Twenty-nine cars derailed, some were tankers carrying sulfuric acid that ruptured and spilled into the Medina River. less
A Southern Pacific freight train derailed  the night of September 14, 1985 just south of San Antonio. Twenty-nine cars derailed, some were tankers carrying sulfuric acid that ruptured and spilled into the … more


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A Southern Pacific train derailment spilled 300,000 gallons of sulfuric acid near Medina River.

A Southern Pacific train derailment spilled 300,000 gallons of sulfuric acid near Medina River.


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A worker walks by ruptured tanks after a train derails, 1985.

A worker walks by ruptured tanks after a train derails, 1985.


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Ralph Arden of Texas City is washed down after being splashed with acid from a train derailment.

Ralph Arden of Texas City is washed down after being splashed with acid from a train derailment.


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Jay Elgin with Malone Company, 1985

Jay Elgin with Malone Company, 1985


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Train derailment, September 1985

Train derailment, September 1985


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1985

1985


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After a derailment near Nelson Road, crew start working on putting up supports with cranes, 1985.

After a derailment near Nelson Road, crew start working on putting up supports with cranes, 1985.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

Southern Pacific train wreck, undated

Southern Pacific train wreck, undated


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

This Southern Pacific train derailed off a bridge in August 1986.

This Southern Pacific train derailed off a bridge in August 1986.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

A Southern Pacific train wreck, August 1976

A Southern Pacific train wreck, August 1976


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February 8, 1973

February 8, 1973


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1976

1976


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Train derail, August 1978

Train derail, August 1978


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EMS techs work on Helen Luke, a passenger of the car in a  train wreck. The driver, her daughter, was not injured, August 1982.

EMS techs work on Helen Luke, a passenger of the car in a  train wreck. The driver, her daughter, was not injured, August 1982.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

1982

1982


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SW volunteers survey trailer remains at Wolf Road and the railroad tracks after a train collided into a truck in SW Bexar County.

SW volunteers survey trailer remains at Wolf Road and the railroad tracks after a train collided into a truck in SW Bexar County.


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Firefighters tend to a train derailment on November 11, 1988.

Firefighters tend to a train derailment on November 11, 1988.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

Train derailment at Quintana Road and Cassin, November 1988

Train derailment at Quintana Road and Cassin, November 1988


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Train derailment, 1988

Train derailment, 1988


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Train derailment, 1988

Train derailment, 1988


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Workers attach cables to begin removing derailed boxcars, 1988.

Workers attach cables to begin removing derailed boxcars, 1988.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

Undated train derailment

Undated train derailment


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Train derailment near FM78 in Kirby, 1987

Train derailment near FM78 in Kirby, 1987


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Train accident at Pearsall Road and Griffin, April 11, 1989

Train accident at Pearsall Road and Griffin, April 11, 1989


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

1989

1989


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Union Pacific Railroad official Joe Piazza inspects damaged cars after seven de-railed near Guadalupe and Comel, May 1990.

Union Pacific Railroad official Joe Piazza inspects damaged cars after seven de-railed near Guadalupe and Comel, May 1990.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

1991

1991


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Train workers tend to a derailment.

Train workers tend to a derailment.


Photo: San Antonio Express-News

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