DOT agencies issue supplemental crude transport-by-rail advisory

12/09/2013
Two US Department of Transportation agencies jointly issued a supplemental safety advisory covering unintended movement of freight trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials. The Nov. 20 advisory followed one the US Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) jointly issued on Aug. 7 after 42 people died when a crude-carrying freight train derailed and caught fire on July 6 in Lac Megantic, Que. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the accident's cause, the US agencies noted. But the extensive damage to Lac Megantic's town center and the forced evacuation of 2,000 people, combined with increase...
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