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Continued: Oil train accidents force regulators to look at tank car safety

“I guess we just pray it doesn’t happen in our town,” he said. “It’s a very scary situation.” 612-673-7090 • @ShafferStrib 612-673-4141 • @Kellystrib


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  • Dec. 31: Casselton residents flee after oil train explosion

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    A crew from Little Rock, Ark., endured subzero temperatures overnight to check for any health hazards. "Right now, we're in limbo," a deputy sheriff told the Star Tribune.

  • Dec. 30, 2013, Casselton, N.D: An oil train crashed into a grain car, causing explosions and a fire and forcing the partial evacuation of the town. No one was hurt.2July 6, Lac-Mé­gan­tic, Que­bec: An un­at­tend­ed oil train rolled away, crash­ed and ex­ploded, kill­ing 47 peo­ple.3 Nov. 8, Aliceville, Ala.: A de­rail­ment trig­gered ex­plo­sions in three of 90 tank cars. No one was in­jured.

  • This photo provided by Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk shows a train derailment and fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

  • A tanker train carrying crude oil burns after derailing outside Aliceville, Ala., early Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

  • July 9, 2013: Workers comb through debris after a train derailed three days earlier causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

  • Rail cars were backed up in the yard in the aftermath of a derailment on Dec. 31 in Mandan, N.D.

  • The cost to upgrade


    Potential number of tank cars needing safety-related retrofits

    $1.7 to $5 billion

    The potential cost


    Tank cars built under the new standard

    Uncertainties: The number and extent of retrofits are unknown. Many tank cars might be retired or shifted to other uses, avoiding the need to upgrade.

    Source: Railway Supply Institute; cost estimate based on Star Tribune analysis.

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