Maybe you know,is it normal to make a visual tape record of fuel cars?.Pretty cool but not nearly as bad as some derailments I have seen while working for UP. An Autorack train in Wyoming sent hundreds of Chryslers flying HUNDREDS of yards off the tracks when it derailed at 70 mph.
The worst I have personally seen the remnants of is a train that hit a 18 wheeler carrying sheets of steel plate. The engine was sent cartwheeling about 150 feet from the tracks. 18,000 tons, 10,000' long moving at 60mph makes for a VERY big mess.
It appears that the tornado hit the middle of the train if the camera is in fact on the engine. All it takes to engage the emergency braking system on a train is 1 car to come uncoupled and the brakes on every other car on the train get set. The brakes of a train are kept OFF by air pressure in a line that runs the entire length. Once that pressure is lost the brakes set everywhere and can not be reset until the break is found and recoupled by the conductor by hand. The only way to prevent it is to "cut and run", closing off the air valve behind the engine, uncoupling, leaving the cars behind and taking off.I seriously wonder if he'd have faired any better had he sped up. Not sure if it was possible, but the sheer amount of force in a freight train traveling quickly is quite impressive, and it will want to continue going that direction. That said, it didn't look like a very bad derailment.
I read an article like that in a Car and Driver a while back. There was this cargo ship from Japan to the US, filled with new Mazdas, and it hit a storm and capsized. It was towed to Washington state and once unloaded, all of the cars were crushed on the spot so none of the parts could ever be reused, avoiding all liabilities.At the North Platte Yard in Nebaska we were riding with the Superintendant when he takes up around a turn and says "This is why you dont hump autoracks at over 4mph" and in front of us sits 7 Lexus LS400's in a pile. All automobiles in a derailment or anything out of the ordinary are pronmptly destroyed on the spot. Fluids drained and ran over by bulldozers. No parts removed to avoid any liability.