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Federal data shows most train derailments caused by railroad track issues

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Posted at 3:29 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 15:29:34-04

WELLINGTON, Ohio — There were more than 1300 train derailments in the U.S in 2018, according to data compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration.

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There have been 230 train derailments reported so far this year.

Only 49 of the reported derailments since January 2018 happened in Ohio.

The FRA data also shows the most common cause of train derailments are problems with the railroad tracks, followed by human error.

5 On Your Side Investigators reviewed the data after a train derailment caused a massive pileup of railroad cars in Wellington, Ohio early Tuesday morning.

READ MORE: Massive pileup after train derailment in Wellington

Firefighters found between 15 and 20 cars off the tracks, including one car filled with onions partially on fire, when they arrived on scene, according to Wellington Assistant Fire Chief Bill Brown.

The first reports about a derailment near the intersection of Wheeling Avenue and Magyar Street came in around 6:05 a.m.

An FRA spokesperson said it’s unlikely this morning’s derailment will trigger an investigation because no one was hurt and no hazardous chemicals were involved.