Kansas: High winds cause trains to derail


Over one hundred train cars derailed after a line of severe thunderstorms rolled through Kansas early Sunday (August 18) morning. The storms packed winds between 65 and 70 miles per hour and toppled 90 cars on one train and 50 on another. One of the trains was parked in a storage yard, while the other train was traveling at around 15 mph as it prepared to stop due to the dangerous storms.

11 Comments on Kansas: High winds cause trains to derail

  1. Winds between 65 and 70 miles per hour are common where I live and aren’t all that dangerous, just slow down and pay closer attention while driving if you’re in a car and stop and wait if you’re in an RV or something.

    That hardly seems strong enough to knock trains over, did they measure the speed of them wrong?

  2. Looks like the democrat presidential candidate clown show, hit a speed bump and lost their mojo. They’re lucky it simply derailed, as it was headed for the cliff and the bridge is out.

  3. I grew up both in Kansas and Montana. In Kansas, I was traumatized by the bald guy in the Mr. Clean ads. He came to clean with White Tornado power, leaving everything spanking and shining clean in his path of restruction. But I knew better. Tornado sirens meant not that mom was mopping the kitchen floor and stay out, but to go out into the hallway at school and sit with your head between your knees til the siren was over and the okay was sounded.
    In Montana, not a short time later, I foolishly believed that tornadoes were now a thing of the past because…MOUNTAINS! But foolishly we keep having to learn that weather don’t give a hoot for your MOUNTAINS! Great Falls, which celebrates autumn sometime in August, has relentless, neverending Star Trek Planet of Mudd’s Women winds. The nickname for Great Falls is The Electric City. Because of all the hydroelectric dams on the Missouri River which generate enough electricity to constantly have power outages. Due to high winds.

  4. One of my dad’s empty tractor trailers was stolen by a guy who was headed north with it and the wind blew the trailer over on it’s side while he was going down the freeway. IIRC it happened in Nevada.

  5. I used to live 3 houses away from train tracks (freight trains). We could tell when they were full or empty. My sister’s china cabinet would rattle when they were full. When they weren’t full, you only knew they were going by when they tooted the horn and the noise.

    I’m guessing these cars were not full or they never would have tipped over.

    Well, maybe straight-line winds could have done it, but I think they would need to be stronger gusts than what they reported.

  6. as they say: ‘they wind don’t blow, it sucks’

    lived in colorado for many years with their Chinook winds.
    tip: don’t leave your garage door open if you ever want to find your garage again

  7. Those train cars look like double high trailer carriers. The wind might be a bit much for that. They had to raise bridges here in upstate NY to fit them under.

  8. Fucking terrorist winds. Something needs to be done about it. Next time there’s high winds I’m gonna shoot the sky with my musket. That’ll fix it.


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