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Tank Car Safety
Railroad safety is in the news. The recent accident in East Palestine, Ohio garnered a considerable amount of publicity. In the post East Palestine Derailment we discussed the fact that the authorities chose to ignite the vinyl chloride monomer in the tank cars.
I then reported on an accident that occurred last week less than a half a mile from where we live.
We are now learning about a serious railroad accident that has occurred in Minnesota. Video footage provided by CBS shows that cars containing ethanol have derailed and over-turned. It seems as if at least four of them are on fire.
CNN reports the following,
A train hauling ethanol derailed Thursday morning in Raymond, Minnesota, igniting several rail cars and forcing nearby residents to evacuate, officials said.
Preliminary information suggests 14 of the train's 40 cars were carrying hazardous material, "including ethanol, which was released -- leading to a fire," US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN on Thursday.
The train was carrying mixed freight, including ethanol and corn syrup, said Lena Kent, general director of public affairs for BNSF Railway.
Ethanol is a highly flammable chemical. Exposure can lead to coughing, dizziness, the feeling of burning eyes, drowsiness, and unconsciousness.
These reports say that there are no injuries.
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