Train Safety Under Spotlight After Wisconsin Derailment

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)A BNSF freight train derailed near the Mississippi River just north of the town of Alma, Wisconsin Saturday.

Twenty-five cars went off the tracks there, and an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the river.

The Transportation and Public Works Committee is proposing a way to enhance rail safety and reduce risk within city limits.

Their proposed resolution demands transparency, accountability and improved communication with railroad companies.

“We’re not asking for non-coexistence of these activities,” Minneapolis Ward 1 Councilmember Kevin Reich said. “We’re just saying, ‘Let’s do it right with the best technology, best practices and best safety … techniques in mind.'”

Environmental groups want the states and federal government to review the risk of transporting hazardous materials.

The track in Wisconsin has re-opened and trains are back in operation.

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