A new fee proposed by six US Senators could raise $600 million for first responders dealing with train crashes involving ethanol, oil, and other flammable liquids.
The DOT has announced a new 40-mph speed limit rule for trains that are carrying ethanol and other flammable liquids in 'high threat' areas.
A new analysis predicts oil, ethanol trains in US will derail 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people. There are moves to prevent this.
Things seem to have gotten back to normal in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, where a train jumped the rails on Friday and then burned for three days. The train was made up of 86 tanker cars, and nine of them leaked ethanol, which then burned. About 50 people who live near the accident site were evacuated, but no one was injured. The unburned ethanol was pumped from the leaning tankers and the tracks should have been cleared for other traffic as of yesterday, according to the AP.