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BNSF Train Derails After Hitting Rock Slide in Wyoming [Updated]

To follow are several photos of a BNSF train that hit a rock slide knocking the lead locomotive into a river in Wyoming. I am posting this to the Sandpoint Depot site as I thought images were stunning and worthy of sharing with everyone.

The BNSF 4702, a GE Dash-9 (4,400 horsepower) locomotive crashed after hitting a rock slide May 13, 2010. After the collision, 4702 slid down the bank and into the Bighorn River near the mouth of Wind River Canyon just south of Thermopolis, Wyoming. The train had two lead locomotives (4702 & 4580), 62 cars and one rear locomotive. The freight was barley and bentonite (clay).

The 2 crew members survived after riding the 200 ton locomotive down the bank and into the river. They escaped from the partially submerged cab with minor injuries.

Update 6/1/2010: I want to be sure to give credit to Keith Alderman for photos 1, 2 and 10. You can find larger versions of those photos at his flickr photostream. CNN iReport even covered the train wreck and also has several additional photos with fuel (diesel) and oil that spilled into the river from the two locomotives.

Several videos (varying quality) of the wreck can also be found on YouTube. This video was shot right after the accident and although dizzying and shaky at times it captures the scene pretty well.

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