Locals will be alerted to dangerous trains moving through town
ST. JAMES - First responders will now be notified when a potentially dangerous train is headed their way.
Wednesday, the federal government issued an emergency order requiring train companies to tell state emergency managers before moving large shipments of Bakken Shale crude through communities. Recently, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered numerous shipments through our area and emergency responders knew little about the train and its cargo.
Four to six trains travel to St. James Parish a day.
The federal government is also writing new regulations to make rail tanker cars safer. The move in the United States follows strict changes in Canada and a series of fiery crashes in both countries involving the crude oil.
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