New oil train safety rules divide rail industry

Published: November 3, 2014

oil-train-railThree days after an oil train derailed and exploded in 2013 in Lac-MĂ©gantic, Quebec, killing 47 people, Greg Saxton wandered through the disaster site inspecting tank cars.

For Saxton, the damage was personal. Some of the tank cars were built by Greenbrier, an Oregon-based manufacturer where he’s chief engineer. Almost every car that derailed was punctured, some in multiple places. Crude oil flowed from the gashes, fueling the flames, covering the ground, and running off into nearby waterways.

Read the complete story at National Geographic.