BNSF News

Upgrades Urged at Missouri Amtrak Crash Site, But No Action

The chief elected official in the Missouri county where an Amtrak train slammed into a dump truck said Tuesday that residents and county leaders have been pushing for a safety upgrade at the railroad crossing for nearly three years. Meanwhile, …

EPA Moves to End Asbestos Cleanup Along Montana Railroad

Environmental regulators are moving to end a years-long cleanup along dozens of miles of railroad in two northwestern Montana communities where lung-damaging asbestos from mining has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The asbestos came from mining vermiculite that was …

Cargo Train Derails in California Desert; No Injuries Reported

A freight train derailed in the Southern California desert on Wednesday, sending more than 40 rail cars crashing into the sand, authorities said. Nobody was hurt and there was no fire when the BNSF Railway train went off the tracks …

Kansas Company: Feed Truck Caused Amtrak Derailment

The upcoming trial over the Kansas derailment of an Amtrak passenger train has been cancelled after Cimarron Crossing Feeders admitted its runaway feed truck damaged the railroad track. Trial had been scheduled to start next week to determine who is …

NTSB: Errors Led to Death of 2 BNSF Railroad Workers in South Dakota

A series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two railroad workers in South Dakota last year, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on Sept. 6 on the Jan. 17, …

BNSF in Washington to Examine Covering Coal Trains Under Agreement

BNSF Railway will study the use of physical covers for coal and petroleum coke trains as part of a tentative agreement reached this week with environmental groups that sued alleging that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways in Washington state. …

Judge in Washington Finds Railway Could Be Liable if Spills Proven

A federal judge in Seattle has found that BNSF Railway could be held liable in a lawsuit claiming that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways if environmental groups can show at trial that such discharges actually occurred. Ruling in the …

Steel Company Says It’s Not Liable for 2013 North Dakota Train Derailment

A Pennsylvania steel company named in a lawsuit over a fiery oil tanker train derailment near Casselton, N.D., says it should not be held liable for the 2013 accident. Standard Steel and BNSF are named in a complaint filed by …

Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in North Dakota

A BNSF train carrying crude oil owned by Hess Corp derailed and caught fire in North Dakota on May 6, forcing the evacuation of a nearby small town just days after the United States and Canada announced reforms to improve …

BNSF Railway Company Plume Trial To Begin

A trial to determine BNSF Railway Company’s responsibilities for cleaning up plumes of fuel and toxic solvents beneath Livingston starts Monday in Great Falls. The trial is set to resolve a suit 165 Livingston plaintiffs filed in 2007, which alleges …