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Retrofit rail tanker, agency urges

Car too leak-prone in accidents, U.S. safety board says

Posted: July 14, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.

Wrecked tanker cars and debris from a runaway train sit in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, after the train derailed, igniting rail cars carrying crude oil on July 6. The catastrophe, in which dozens were killed, has renewed calls to retrofit a certain type of rail tanker.

Warnings from U.S. and Canadian regulators that the most widely used type of rail tanker is prone to rupturing during derailments have taken on renewed importance after a runaway train that included those type of tankers filled with crude oil crashed July 6 in a small Canadian town, killing dozens and destroying 30 buildings.

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Business, Pages 61 on 07/14/2013

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