A 125-car coal train with four locomotives carrying coal from Wyoming to Delta, British Columbia derailed in eastern Washington according to the Idaho Press Tribune. Thirty-one cars spilled, one was put back on track, the rest will be salvaged. The full story can be read Idaho Press Tribune.
The New York Times has an article about the increased risk of train derailments due to coal dust on rail lines.
These stories are relevant to the San Juan Islands because of plans for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, the largest coal export facility in North America. If constructed, each year 450 ships will travel through the straits enroute to Asia. More information is available on http://www.coaltrainfacts.org/key-facts.