Monday, May 21, 2018
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Safety rules urged for trains carrying hazardous cargo like oil

Warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.

The unusual joint recommendations by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada include better route planning for trains carrying hazardous materials to avoid populated and other sensitive areas.

They also recommend stronger efforts to ensure hazardous cargo is properly classified, and greater government oversight to ensure rail carriers that transport oil are capable of responding to "worst-case discharges of the entire quantity of product."

The move comes after four major crashes involving trains transporting crude oil.

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