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Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
June 19, 2015 Against the backdrop of several fiery derailments, safety advocates are questioning whether new federal rules meant to prevent incidents go far enough. Opponents say the new rules are too costly.
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Emergency personnel work at the scene the day after a deadly train derailment on May 12 in Philadelphia.
June 10, 2015 An investigation found no evidence that the engineer was distracted by calls or texts ahead of the May 12 accident in which eight people died and some 200 others were injured.
A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D., in this Dec. 30 photo. The fiery crash left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.
October 13, 2014 Trains carrying oil from North Dakota pass through American towns daily — and sometimes they derail and explode. The oil industry is now under pressure to make the oil less volatile before shipping.
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An injured man who was on a subway train that derailed Tuesday in Moscow talks on his phone after being treated by paramedics.
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July 15, 2014 The morning rush-hour crash wounded more than 160 people, some of them severely, and killed at least 21 others, officials say. The train had been moving at more than 40 mph when it suddenly stopped.
Cranes prepare to salvage the last car from from a train derailment in the Bronx section of New York, in December 2013.
March 14, 2014 The Federal Railroad Administration launched an investigation after a derailment in December that killed four passengers and injured 70.
A plume of smoke rises from scene of a derailed train near Casselton, N.D., on Monday.
December 30, 2013 A train carrying oil collided with one carrying soybeans, causing multiple explosions and a fire in the town of Casselton, about 10 miles west of Fargo.
A train passes by the scene of repair efforts Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York.
December 4, 2013 The investigation into the Bronx train crash that killed four people Sunday will continue without the direct involvement of the rail employees union. The move came after the union's leader told the media that the train's engineer "basically nodded" moments before a catastrophic derailment.
Monday, as a train on an unaffected track passed by (in the background) work continued on removing the commuter cars that derailed the day before.
December 3, 2013 Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured when the commuter train derailed Sunday. Investigators say they've found no problems with its brakes. They reported earlier that it entered a curve going 82 mph — more than 50 mph more than the speed limit.
Search and rescue teams work at the scene of Sunday's passenger train crash in the Bronx. The train crash killed four people and injured dozens more.
December 2, 2013 The Sunday morning derailment killed four people and injured at least 60. Investigators say the train was moving at 82 mph when it entered a curve where the speed limit was 30 mph. The throttle was cut and brakes were applied "very late in the game," an NTSB official says.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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July 24, 2013 The train, carrying 218 passengers, was traveling on a high-speed rail between Madrid and Ferrol, when it derailed. Images on TV showed bodies strewn near the rails, as emergency personnel attempted to rescue others stuck inside the mangled remains of commuter train carriages.
At a school in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the town's people have been waiting for word about their friends and family members.
Christinne Muschi /Reuters /Landov
July 11, 2013 Twenty bodies have been recovered so far. Authorities hold out little hope that any of the 30 other people missing after Saturday's train derailments and explosions are still alive.
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A still image from a video posted by Eastern Truck and Trailer captures a moment just before a commercial truck's trailer was struck by a freight train Tuesday.
May 31, 2013 New video has emerged of Tuesday's freight train derailment near Baltimore, Md., that caused a huge explosion and led to the area being evacuated. Many people captured the crash's aftermath on camera.
The scene of the derailment today in Paulsboro, N.J., from above.
November 30, 2012 A bridge collapse sent at least four tank cars into a creek. They reportedly contain vinyl chloride and at least one of the cars is reportedly leaking. Residents have been told to stay inside and roads to the area have been closed.
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