The catastrophic crash of an oil-filled freight train in a small Quebec town should serve as a warning to every community across North America about the dangers that come with transporting hazardous freight. Especially with inexperienced crews. Right now, five bodies have been found and about 40 people are still unaccounted for in the Saturday morning derailment of a runaway train.
According to the Toronto Star, fears remain that many of the missing may have been vaporized into dust, never to be seen again.
This incident has called into question the transport of hazardous freight across small towns and communities through tens of thousands of miles of rail lines from coast to coast and between borders.
Savage Industries, based in Utah, transports cargo and hazardous materials throughout the country with rail and over the road freight operations.
On November 8, 2005, the operator of a Savage Industries Mack TX Tandem Haul Truck was fatally injured when the truck left a mine haul road, ran through a guard rail and overturned. Additionally, according to a DOT/FRA letter (Z2013-NS-2-020076) on March 1, 2013 Savage Industries transported a rail car across Route 9 in Bear, DE without permits.
Please call Howard Goodman at 801-944-6600 and tell him that Savage needs to protect the local communities that his freight travels through and that we and our families live in. You can also email him through the link below.
Accidents like what happened in Quebec are preventable. It is up to all of us to make sure they never happen again, especially people like Howard Goodman whose company is responsible for the safety of the millions of Americans who live along the lines his company transports its cargo on.
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