URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA FOLLOWING A MAJOR TRAIN DERAILMENT IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD
The City of San Bernardino was struck by two disasters in the same neighborhood during the month of May 1989. These happened just 13 days apart. The first occurred on May 12 at 7:41 a.m. when a runaway Southern Pacific train traveling at over 100 miles per hour careened off a track causing six locomotives and 65 hopper cars to land on a row of residential houses at the bottom of a 25 foot embankment. Over 9,900 tons of powdered potash being carried in the cars spilled out onto the homes worsening an already disastrous situation.
Fire AdministrationOffice of Firefighter Health and Safety
Emmitsburg, MD United States 21727
- Publication Date: 1992-11
- Pagination: 34 p.
- TRT Terms: Derailments; Disasters; Railroad crashes; Residential areas; Search and rescue operations
- Geographic Terms: San Bernardino (California)
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00800990
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: FA-125
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 30 2000 12:00AM