New Safety Rules Proposed to Curb Oil Train Fires

Updated: 07/23/2014 10:07 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 10:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

The Department of Transportation said Wednesday that older DOT-111 tank cars will have to be retrofitted or replaced.

Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, spilling their contents.

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A fireball shoots into the sky after a train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, last December.
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