TRAIN Vs. TORNADO - BEST PART!!!!!

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Happened 7Jan2008 on the Union Pacific railroad near Harvard IL. You can see the trees being whipped, hear debris hitting the trailing engine from which the video came, and then see debris flying through the air from the F3 tornado that blows some cars over. Then the rest of the train carried along by its' momentum smashes its' way along creating even more of a mess. The tank car seen in the vid, containing shock fluid, leaked for hours before it was contained. The tornado started at 3:30 pm about 1.2 miles north of Poplar Grove in Boone county and ended at 3:48 pm about 3.2 miles north northeast of Harvard in McHenry county, Illinois. The first signs of damage were at Quail Trap road where trees were damaged and sections of roofing were removed from a shed. A large barn was destroyed and other buildings were severely damaged. Large trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado reached its maximum intensity of EF3 at the northeast corner of Centerville road and Beaverton road. A two story farm house and garage were leveled and large trees were stripped of all branches. The tornado was about 100 yards wide through this area. There was damage to trees, power lines, barns, and sheds. The tornado then crossed the Boone/McHenry county line as a weak EF0 tornado with just minor tree damage at this point. It crossed Hunter road and continued to track northeast across Ryan road as an EF0 and caused mainly minor tree damage. It crossed White Oaks road then it uprooted a hardwood tree and snapped off pine trees at their base along Maxon road. The tornado intensified as it moved toward the town of Lawrence where it produced the worst damage. Significant damage occurred in the town of Lawrence particularly at a house that had more than half of its roof ripped off and garage blown out. The tornado then moved across the Chicago and Northwestern railroad where it blew 12 railroad freight cars off the track. The train was moving at the time the tornado hit it...so as the main engine stopped...the remaining cars on the track continued along it and slammed into the front part of the train. This caused a few more cars to derail...including one containing hazardous materials that caused the evacuation of the town of Lawrence. As the tornado moved east of Lawrence it once again started to weaken with some tree damage and shingles off of a few houses on the northeast side of town. It then ran along Oak Grove road for a stretch where it produced EF1 damage with a hardwood tree snapped at its base and knocked over an old...weakly structured barn with estimated winds around 100 mph. It then headed across farm fields and headed for hwy 14 where it damaged a metal barn and sheared a few trees. As it crossed highway 14 it flipped a semi-trailer and injured the driver at a truck stop weigh station.

Comments from Youtube

Nate Ward : Holy crap! Right at 0:31, if I was on that train, my butthole would have been tight enough to press a piece of coal into a diamond. Thank goodness that car was empty.

MCHFacts : This would be "The Polar Express" Rated R action movie

Taxi Talk NYC : Tornado - 1   Train - 0

Jeff H : Luckily no Propane cars.

TamMyBoy : The FatController: you have caused confusion and delay

Roofster FPV : Now, Sir Topenhat will surely be crossed.

Father Bacon : The train in GTA V be like: COME AT ME BRO

Frank Watson : That tornado sounded like a freight train.

TheBrickGuy7939 : One of the best train wrecks caught on camera.

phillyslasher : 0:30 "hold on, gonna get a Kicker..."

SmackledorfMcsween Cocksmclittleton Tinydickolas : FIZZLING FIRE BOXES!!! SIR TOPEM HAT WILL BE CROSSED!!!

Shaun S : I bet  the  pants of the engineer had to be changed afterwards.

Average Gigel : The train was probably made in China.

spitfire4sergi : Amazes me just like when you see a tiny stem break through a huge hunk of concrete on the sidewalk. No matter how big or strong, natrure always wins!

irfan123100 : 0:25 i was like, oh shi... it's gonna explode.

Torpor111 : "Driving that train, high on co...holy shit!"

Diane Vespa : Looks like the tornado won.

TheRabbitFear : +Karsten Jackson one does not simply "stop" a freight train

PfhUkJiu101 : Dat tank car moving closer...

ramairgto72 : 0:18 Real Life Horror Film.

David Currey : This crash has a lot to it.  Despite several of the cars getting blown over, the hopper car stays coupled to the locomotive because of its safety coupler, even after it gets drug onto the ex-double-track-now-single-track bridge.  Then the remainder of the train, with the lead truck on the tank car derailed and sparking, comes charging onto the bridge and crashes into the hanging hopper, which causes it to tumble off the bridge.  Then everything starts jackknifing.  I think this is more exciting than the CGI wrecks in the movies Hancock and Super 8, because this is the real thing.  Concerning comments about why the tank did not burn or explode:  I can't tell how many cars were between the locomotive and the tank car, but safety rules require at least five cars of "cover" if the tank contains flammable contents, and only one car of cover if it is empty.  I don't think the tank car was punctured.  It was probably an empty car being returned to the refinery, and may not have been flammable.

dingo1262 : EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY!!! we have an obstruction on the main, lol.

Jagethemage : gordon would've never let this happen

B.J. Blazkowicz : I'm surprised the engine stayed upright

Cristiano m. p. : Nadaver as árvores nem estavam balançando muito, foi só um descarrilamento!

Mit Mit : yea wait till you hit that train in GTA 5

Roman Kozlovskiy : next time when you try to drive your truck through a little torando think again

TornadoChick WeatherNetwork : This was JUNE 7, 2008.  I was on this storm as a spotter.

StrangeClouds Gaming : When I saw this, I was speechless.

Bugatti McCauley : Add some explosions and more dramatic crashing at high speeds and  you got a COD Cutscene.

teopini : Tornado Wins FATALITY

Hugo Bocca : Empty wagons ?

советская собака aka soviet dog : This shows how powerful the winds are

raven madden : is...is the driver ok

Vanessa Agostino : Dang!!! I lived in McHenry and never got to see a tornado!!!! this is awesome

Owen Meschter : WHen I saw that tanker getting closer I was like "Oh shi-!!"

omf.ariiana : I'm interested in things like tornados and stars in stuff.. but this.. sent chills down my back

abobjenkins : Tornadoes are mean :,-(

Island Line Rail Productions : this is NOT the CNW ....most likely UP or BNSF ....the Chicago & Northwestern was bought by the Union Pacific in 1995...this was taken in 2008 I think

Bents Huang : looks like filming Super 8 from the train, but in the day light

thestigmach1 : I wasbt expecting that to be honest. the cars just kinda fell over, reminded me of when my model railroad cars would derail sometimes.

BeastMaster AkA ThaBarbaric1 : metric tons or better yet millions of pounds at steady speed will not stop by even locamotive or tanker breaks right away,it takes a min,know this from work and experience

Stonemansteve II : Nature wins again!!

Simon Dynek : Because the cars were empty the engine couldn't be lifted by a F5 tornado

Phillip Mulligan : Can you imagine what tornado would do to one of those French TGV or German ICE trains?

Joshua Ruiz : holy crap ive never seen that before!

old school hawking : I'd rather see train vs. SHARKNADO. :-)

NidgeDFX : well... that answers my question.....

Karsten Jackson : if the conductor had stopped the train he would have been fine and the tornado would have past over the train..