July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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Illinois Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, the railroad said. Thursday’s accident in a rural area south of the city of Galena is the latest failure of the safer tank car model and raises more concerns that even tougher requirements are needed. Six of the BNSF Railway train’s 105 cars derailed in an area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. Two of those cars burst into flames. No injuries have been reported. The company said in a news release that the train’s tank cars were a new

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