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"On the evening of November 10, 1979, a Canadian Pacific train lost one of its wheels, resulting in the derailment of 24 cars. Included in these cars were six dangerous ingredients: propane, caustic soda, styrene, fibreglass insulation and chlorine. These flammable liquids and vapours caused a massive explosion that could be seen more than 100 kilometres away.

Evacuations began two hours after the explosion. In total, 218,000 residents had been asked to leave their homes. It was almost a week before many would return home. With no fatalities or serious injuries, many considered the derailment the "Mississauga Miracle." The Mississauga Train Derailment evacuation remains the largest peacetime evacuation in North American history. "

New Orleans has since taken that record.

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississauga_train_derailment_of_1979
 

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Tuscani01 said:
"On the evening of November 10, 1979, a Canadian Pacific train lost one of its wheels, resulting in the derailment of 24 cars. Included in these cars were six dangerous ingredients: propane, caustic soda, styrene, fibreglass insulation and chlorine. These flammable liquids and vapours caused a massive explosion that could be seen more than 100 kilometres away.

Evacuations began two hours after the explosion. In total, 218,000 residents had been asked to leave their homes. It was almost a week before many would return home. With no fatalities or serious injuries, many considered the derailment the "Mississauga Miracle." The Mississauga Train Derailment evacuation remains the largest peacetime evacuation in North American history. "

New Orleans has since taken that record.

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississauga_train_derailment_of_1979
Fair enough! although this collision between a semi-trailer and the side of a freight train piled up 40 containers, it'd didn't result in any evacuations: just the closure of the Melbourne- Adelaide railway for close to half a week.
 

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Soufian said:
At least it wasnt a passenger train.
Very pertinent thought. There was another collision just north of here a few weeks back, involving new high speed passenger units ... only the people in the driving cabinet were killed.
 
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