Expert assesses risk of oil train accident in Pennsylvania

law would protect communities where trains carrying oil pass through

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An expert in railroad engineering and safety has issued a series of recommendations meant to reduce the risk of an oil train derailment in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania sees as many as 70 oil trains each week, each carrying up to 3 million gallons of crude from North Dakota.

Gov. Tom Wolf has expressed concern about their safety in the wake of several fiery crashes. He hired University of Delaware expert Allan Zarembski to identify areas of high risk and issue safety recommendations.

Zarembski’s report Monday has 27 recommendations, including a call for railroads to slow down through cities. The report says state emergency management officials should conduct a response exercise with communities along the tracks.

The report notes CSX and Norfolk Southern already follow many of the best practices it identified.

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