WASHINGTON (AP) - In the wake of a deadly train accident in Canada, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has issued a series of measures to be undertaken by all railroads to help prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally. The half-dozen measures in the emergency order take particular aim at trains that move hazardous materials such as crude oil and ethanol. The FRA said in a statement Friday night that railroads must undertake the measures within the next 30 days.
On July 6, a parked Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train with 72 tankers of crude oil rolled down an incline, derailed and crashed in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several tankers exploded, destroying 40 buildings in the lakeside town of 6,000 and killing 47 people.