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UVM Drone Team Deployed to Aid in Train Derailment Response

The Story:

On October 5, 2015 the Amtrak Vermonter train derailed in Northfield, VT. Responding to a request from the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) immediately put together a volunteer Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team and deployed to the area. We promptly set up a launch site, coordinated the acquisition area with disaster management officials, and then conducted UAS flight operations.

Within 60 minutes of us arriving on site we had transferred a KML file to the incident commanders that contained over 280 photos of the derailment site and the surrounding area, each tied to a location on the ground.

Click below to read more about how the UAS Team supported the response to this train derailment.

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Leslie Pelch

Leslie Pelch is the Outreach Coordinator at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. More info