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Train Derailed In Fort Worth After Flooding Weakened Tracks

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(AP) — Federal officials say a train that derailed and caught fire in Fort Worth in 2019 was traveling on tracks that had been weakened by flooding after days of rain.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in an accident report released Thursday that the weakened track structure and washout from the rains, which flooded nearby Echo Lake, were the probable cause of the April 24, 2019 accident.

Over two dozen of the Union Pacific train’s tank cars derailed and three were breached, leaking over 65,000 gallons of ethanol, which is highly flammable.

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