- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Railroads are hauling more than a dozen trains weekly through Missouri carrying volatile crude oil from the Northern Plains that’s been involved in multiple fiery accidents.

Notifications about the shipments submitted by railroads were released by state officials on Thursday in response to a public records request by The Associated Press.

They show Union Pacific hauls about 10 oil trains weekly through southeastern Missouri. Each carries at least 1 million gallons of oil and passes through three counties.

BNSF Railway is the other major hauler, with shipments through 34 Missouri counties. Some of those counties have had up to nine oil trains in a week.

BNSF also reported moving oil trains through heavily populated St. Louis and Jackson counties. Jackson County includes Kansas City.

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