Last month, a train carrying crude oil hit a grain train that had just derailed. Tank car after tank car exploded causing destruction, injury, and death. In response to this and other incidents, the National Transportation Safety Board, jointly with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, is demanding that new standards on trains carrying crude oil be enacted.
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week against the victim of a train-truck collision in the case of Brown v. Illinois Central Railroad Company.
According to figures compiled by the Associated Press, deaths at railroad crossings in Texas have doubled in the last year, renewing questions about whether the thousands of miles of track in the state are being safely maintained and monitored.