Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

Sep 3, 2015 11:52 AM by News Staff

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An Associated Press survey of nearly a dozen big cities reveals emergency planning for crude oil trains remains a work in progress.

The 100-car trains are loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest and rumble past schools, homes and businesses.

Cities around the country are scrambling to formulate emergency plans and train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments that critics say has put millions of people living or working near the tracks at heightened risk of derailment, fire and explosion.

The mile-long trains from North Dakota carry around 3 million gallons of crude. Federal officials say a severe accident in a city could kill more than 200 people and cause $6 billion in damage.

The trains have become a common sight in places like Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle.

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