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December 27, 2014
Spike in oil train crashes prompts Ill. hazmat training
LISLE, Ill. — A continued spike in oil trains and recent high-profile explosions and pollution spills across the United States have suburban fire departments playing defense.
First-responders interviewed by the Daily Herald for this series of reports on railway hazardous materials releases said they train continually and have mutual aid agreements for worst-case scenarios. But all the forethought in the world could be trumped by issues beyond their control, authorities warn.
"If you had a major incident involving Bakken oil, it would tax several community resources, not just one community," Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Keith Krestan said.
Read full story: Local fire chiefs worry about train hazmat incidents