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Oil Train Crash Could Cause 'Major Loss Of Life,' NTSB Warns

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Railroad tank cars are unloaded on a loop track at a refinery in Delaware City, Delaware. July 28, 2013. (Curtis Tate/MCT via Getty Images) | MCT via Getty Images
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal accident investigators are warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil. They recommend a series of safety measures.

The National Transportation Safety Board took the unusual step of issuing its recommendations jointly with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Last month an oil train derailed and exploded near Casselton, N.D. In July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people were incinerated and 30 buildings destroyed.

The recommendations include planning routes for hazardous materials trains to avoid populated and other sensitive areas. Also recommended are stronger efforts to ensure hazardous cargo is properly classified before shipment.

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