Railroad tank cars carrying ethanol are stored in a Norfolk Southern rail yard in Alexandria, Va., surrounded by homes, schools and businesses, Jan. 13, 2014. The most common type of tank car used to transport flammable ethanol and crude oil has a long history of punctures and ruptures in derailments. Recent fires and explosions in Quebec, Alabama and North Dakota have prompted a new review of the cars' safety.
Railroad tank cars carrying ethanol are stored in a Norfolk Southern rail yard in Alexandria, Va., surrounded by homes, schools and businesses, Jan. 13, 2014. The most common type of tank car used to transport flammable ethanol and crude oil has a long history of punctures and ruptures in derailments. Recent fires and explosions in Quebec, Alabama and North Dakota have prompted a new review of the cars' safety. MCT
Railroad tank cars carrying ethanol are stored in a Norfolk Southern rail yard in Alexandria, Va., surrounded by homes, schools and businesses, Jan. 13, 2014. The most common type of tank car used to transport flammable ethanol and crude oil has a long history of punctures and ruptures in derailments. Recent fires and explosions in Quebec, Alabama and North Dakota have prompted a new review of the cars' safety. MCT

Economy

January 27, 2014 6:00 AM

Railroad tank-car safety woes date decades before crude oil concerns

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