Regulators consider big safety fix for tank cars carrying Bakken crude

Trains aren't supposed to explode and catch on fire when they derail. But that's what has happened in several incidents over the last year with trains carrying Bakken crude oil on its way to refineries. Now federal regulators are warning that type of crude may be more flammable.

On Dec. 30, a 106-car BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed after it collided with a derailed grain train near the town of Casselton, N.D., setting off huge fireballs and billowing black smoke as oil caught fire. That follows a July incident in which a runaway freight train carrying Bakken crude exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-M├ęgantic, killing 47 people. There have also been incidents in Alabama and Illinois.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2014