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Concerns grow about safety of oil tank cars

Concerns grow about safety of oil tank cars

December 8, 2013 | Chicago Tribune | CHICAGO — As the current oil boom in North Dakota, Montana and Canada continues, long freight trains hauling dozens of black tank cars are rolling across the country and through the Chicago area with increasing regularity. With tank cars brimming with tens of thousands of gallons of crude […]

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Railroads Call for Additional Safety Improvements, Aggressive Phase out of Older Cars

Railroads Call for Additional Safety Improvements, Aggressive Phase out of Older Cars

The Association of American Railroads is calling for safety improvements to oil tank cars. Here is what they propose: •Increase federal tank car design standards for new cars, or retrofit existing cars to include: an outer steel jacket around the tank car and thermal protection, full-height head shields, and high-flow capacity pressure relief valves; •Require […]

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Danger on the Tracks

September 5, 2013 | NBC News | The number of freight trains carrying oil across America has soared in the past five years, but federal officials warn that the massive steel tank cars that carry most of that oil through towns and past schools – the same cars that exploded in Quebec this summer, killing […]

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Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

August 28, 2013 | Bloomber News – Bangor Daily News | WASHINGTON — The head of a rail safety group Wednesday compared a widely used train tank car to the recalled Ford Pinto in urging U.S. regulators to require upgrades that would prevent accidents like a Quebec derailment that killed 47 people. Karen Darch, co-chairman […]

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Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

September 12, 2012 | The Big Story | CHICAGO (AP) — For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in […]

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NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

May 23, 2012 | WREX | CHERRY VALLEY (WREX) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the 2009 trail derailment that killed one woman in Cherry Valley. A Canadian National Railway Company freight train derailed just after 8:30 p.m. on June 19, 2009 after hitting a section of track near […]

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EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

June 26, 2009 | EPA | (Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 said today that cleanup at the site of a Canadian National (CN) freight train derailment in Rockford, Ill., is well under way. The incident occurred on June 19, when 14 tanker cars containing a 95 percent ethanol/5 […]

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Railroad Accident Report – Cherry Valley, IL

Railroad Accident Report – Cherry Valley, IL

June 19, 2009 | NTSB | About 8:36 p.m., central daylight time, on Friday, June 19, 2009, eastbound Canadian National Railway Company freight train U70691-18, traveling at 36 mph, derailed at a highway/rail grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois. The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 114 cars, 19 of which derailed. All of the […]

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