US issues railroad safety order after deadly crash

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Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the wake of a deadly train accident in Canada, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has issued a series of measures to be undertaken by all railroads to help prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally.

The half-dozen measures in the emergency order take particular aim at trains that move hazardous materials such as crude oil and ethanol. The FRA said in a statement Friday night that railroads must undertake the measures within the next 30 days.

On July 6, a parked Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train with 72 tankers of crude oil rolled down an incline, derailed and crashed in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several tankers exploded, destroying 40 buildings in the lakeside town of 6,000 and killing 47 people.

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