|  Christine Marie Nielsen

NTSB: Derailment Demonstrates Need for Use of Safer Rail Tank Cars

A final report on the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) investigation of a March derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad (UP) ethanol train in Iowa is expected to publish on the NTSB’s website within the next few weeks. but the NTSB has already said that structural problems, insufficient oversight and use of DOT-111 tank cars instead of "more robust DOT-117" tank cars contributed to the accident.

"The train consisted of three locomotives, 98 loaded tank cars and two buffer cars filled with sand. Twenty of the 98 loaded tank cars derailed, 14 of the 20 derailed tank cars released their cargo of ethanol. Of these 14, 10 were breached from mechanical damage, four tank cars with ...

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