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AP EXCLUSIVE: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

AP EXCLUSIVE: US predicts up to 10 derailments a year of trains hauling crude oil or ethanol

AP EXCLUSIVE: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) -- The U.S. government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades.

The projection was contained in a Department of Transportation analysis from last July. It says the derailments could cause more than $4 billion in damage and possibly kill hundreds of people if a serious accident were to happen in a densely populated part of the U.S.

The study took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with oil derailed in West Virginia, causing a spectacular fire and forcing hundreds of families to evacuate.

Monday's accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments. Senior federal officials say it underscores the need for stronger tank cars and other safety improvements.


Updated : 2021-09-19 22:34 GMT+08:00