Oil train cars need to be updated


ASSOCIATED PRESS: US officials said tank cars carrying oil need to be replaced or retrofitted to stem the trend of fiery accidents on the tracks.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: US officials said tank cars carrying oil need to be replaced or retrofitted to stem the trend of fiery accidents on the tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations calling for tank cars to be fitted with protective systems better able to withstand fire than the bare steel construction now widely in use. It said a decadelong retrofit timeline that’s been suggested by the tank car industry was too long to wait.

“The longer we wait, the more we expose the public to the problems of these cars that aren’t especially robust,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart told The Associated Press.

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