Train Safety

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FILE - This July 6, 2013 file-pool photo shows work continuing at the crash site of the train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Federal inspection teams are headed to the booming Bakken oil region in Great Plains states to see if rail shipments of crude oil meet safety regulations. The inspections are dubbed the "Bakken blitz." U.S. officials announced them at a rail safety meeting Thursday. Inspections were prompted by last month's rail disaster in the lakeside Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, near the Maine border. An unattended train carrying oil from the Bakken region came loose and derailed, sending tank cars into the center of the town, where they exploded. Forty-seven people were killed and much of the town was destroyed.

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