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Plume visible from train derailment with fire in Custer as viewed from Bruce Road (December 22, 2020). Whatcom News

What we’re reading: KUOW reports rail union believes Custer derailment was caused by sabotage while BNSF cites human error

Sabotage caused Washington oil-train disaster, rail union says

This testimony was reportedly from a union’s safety team member representing the train’s conductor in a BNSF internal disciplinary hearing where the rail company has accused the 3-person crew of failing to detect that their train’s brakes had been compromised.

Federal investigations into December’s disaster continue, and its causes won’t be officially declared until the FBI, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board finish their inquiries.

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