Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes
October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.
A report by the National Academies of Sciences also urged better training for emergency workers and questioned the validity of recent train speed regulation.
From 2005 to 2015, there were 21 derailments or collisions in the U.S. of trains hauling crude oil, resulting in the release of 1.6 million gallons (6 million liters). There were 58 ethanol train crashes over the same period,...