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The investigation showed that Inland Southern California faces increasing risk of toxic spills from freight trains carrying chlorine, anhydrous ammonia and other deadly chemicals. The authors found a public unaware of the risk, local authorities unprepared and an industry with a questionable safety record.
The Journal reports that "after a decade of sweeping mergers and hostile takeovers, the railroad industry is on the verge of its largest remapping in history -- a 25,000-mile rejiggering of tracks that will straighten out routes, speed up shipments and make railroads a better competitor against trucks. But the plans also put the industry on a collision course with residential America. Many of these new routes would cut through the heart of hundreds of cities and towns, subjecting them to long, lumbering freight trains."
Carter reports how "federal banking regulatory agencies have been likened by critics to runaway freight trains --derailing any individuals or financial institutions in their path..."
Detroit News details potential problems with freight trains hauling hazardous chemicals without informing local community fire departments or rescue units; finds crews are overworked and use broken equipment, and they violate federal and state laws, April 17 - 20, 1988.