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Old 02-18-2006, 05:05 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by cmherndon
There was that Amtrak derailment in Arizona about 10 years ago, but I'm not really sure what became of that. However, railroads are targets for terrorist activity due to their importance in commerce and the large amount of hazmat that's being transported via rail. There's not been a large scale terrorist related derailment in the US, and I'm sure all of us would like to keep it that way.
While Amtrak has human cargo, the main concern is hazmat shipments. The number of hazmat shipments via rail on a daily basis is staggering. Sure air is tightly watched, but rail is alot more accessible and carries far more hazmats than air. Next time you see a train go by look at the placards on the tank cars and you will see what I am talking about. Anyone recall the CSX hazmat accident in Baltimore a few years ago? The Amtrak derailment in Arizona if I remember correctly was caused by teenagers sabotaging a switch, while bad, imagine the mess had it been a tank train.
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