Safety Board Urges Aggressive Timetable to Replace Oil Tank Cars

April 6, 2015 10:12 PM

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U.S. railroad cars used to haul oil should be upgraded or replaced within five years with sturdier models better able to prevent explosions after derailments, federal safety investigators said in a proposal made public Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board called its proposal urgent in light of accidents in Illinois and West Virginia and two more in Canada this year that have highlighted the constant risks of carrying crude oil by train.

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