Latest Derailment Has Minn. Lawmakers Looking At Prevention

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The train derailment and fire on Wednesday, which forced the evacuation of a nearby small town, was the fifth this year involving North Dakota trains.

And since Minnesota takes more of those trains than any other state, lawmakers are under pressure to prevent derailments from happening here.

Gov. Mark Dayton called for beefed-up rail safety on Wednesday.

“There is going to be more and more of this,” the Democrat said. “It’s going to be every day and every night for the foreseeable future, which should be a source of major concern.”

An Associated Press review found at least 24 oil train accidents happened since 2006. Those incidents involved derailments, fires, significant fuel spills, and evacuations.

Yet, Minnesota is safer than it was a year ago. Railroads are stepping up inspections, and the federal government now requires tougher safety standards for thousands of rail cars carrying oil.

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