New Rules Target DOT-111 Tankers to Stop More Deadly Train Explosions
I have written on a number of occasions about the railroad industry’s poor safety record regarding the transportation of crude oil and other inflammable liquids.
For years railroad experts warned of an accident waiting to happen because of the lack of protection afforded by cars carrying crude oil. That accident occurred last year when a runaway oil train exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
Recently the Virginian-Pilot reported on how the government has responded to the tragedy in Canada and a series of other fiery crashes including one here in Virginia in Lynchburg, earlier this year by publishing proposals to phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry inflammable liquids.
The older tank cars with a poor safety record are known as DOT-111s. They are easily punctured or ruptured, spilling their combustible contents. Since 2008 there have been no less than 10 serious spills in the USA and Canada involving DOT-111s.
A number of serious questions remain over the issue, including what kind of tanker cars will replace those that are being phased out.
Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx has said he wants his department to draw up the final regulations before the end of 2014.
As an attorney who helps railroad workers who have been injured in the workplace to make claims under the FELA legislation as well as others who have been harmed by the railroads, I am appalled that it has taken the railroads so long to address this problem. There are thousands of cars out there that will buckle and puncture when a train derails. I fear we will see more serious accidents before this issue is addressed. If you have been hurt by the activities of a railroad, call our FELA accident attorneys now.