BNSF adds new safety measures for crude oil trains

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Oil tanker that derailed near Galena was headed for Chicago
After an oil tanker derailment in Galena, the ABC7 I-Team looked at the dangers posed to Chicago and to areas all over the country by rail cars filled with crude oil.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- There are new changes to safety procedures in the wake of some high-profile train derailments that the I-Team has reported extensively.

BNSF railroad is slowing crude oil trains down to 35 miles an hour in cities with more than 100,000 people.

The railroad is also increasing inspections on its tracks near waterways.

The changes come after a derailment near the Mississippi River in Galena earlier this month and a fiery derailment in Canada nearly two years ago.