On February 23, 2021, an 18-wheel flatbed tractor-trailer truck hit a BNSF freight train carrying chemicals and fuels in Cameron, Texas, United States, causing a huge explosion and starting a fire.The derailment caused the train's petroleum cargo to explode, resulting in the evacuation of nearby homes. At least one structure burned, but no loss of life or injuries were reported. Footage of the explosion and thick black smoke from the fire made international news.
A semi-tractor-trailer truck, also known as simply a semi-trailer truck, semi-tractor truck or tractor-trailer truck, is the combination of a tractor unit and one semi-trailer or more to carry freight. A semi-trailer attaches to the tractor with a type of hitch called a fifth-wheel.
Cameron is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States. Its population was 5,770 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Milam County.
The Ryongchŏn disaster was a train disaster that occurred on April 22, 2004 in the town of Ryongchŏn, North Korea, near the border with the People's Republic of China. At least 54 people were killed, including some Syrian citizens.
A gas explosion is an explosion resulting from mixing a gas, typically from a gas leak, with air in the presence of an ignition source. In household accidents, the principal explosive gases are those used for heating or cooking purposes such as natural gas, methane, propane, butane. In industrial explosions many other gases, like hydrogen, as well as evaporated (gaseous) gasoline /petrol or ethanol play an important role. Industrial gas explosions can be prevented with the use of intrinsic safety barriers to prevent ignition.
Hydrogen safety covers the safe production, handling and use of hydrogen - particularly hydrogen gas fuel and liquid hydrogen. The main concern in working with hydrogen is flammability.