The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads will make operational changes following a letter from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey after two derailments of trains carrying crude oil in Pennsylvania.
Seven CSX train cars carrying oil derailed Jan. 20 on a bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. No oil leaked from the cars, and no injuries were reported.
On Feb. 13, several Norfolk Southern train cars derailed and struck a building, causing several thousand gallons of crude oil to spill in Vandergrift, near Pittsburgh. No injuries were reported.
Casey, a Scranton Democrat, in his letter to the transportation department, noted several other derailments across the country involving trains carrying crude oil and urged a plan to be put in place to prevent future incidents.
Among the proposed reforms are plans for decreased speeds for trains in urban areas, increased emergency response training, and emergency response capability planning, according to a news release from Casey's office.