- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) - Maine officials are readying their response plans in the event of an oil train accident.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, public safety agencies and railroad officials will participate in training this month to practice the procedures and equipment they use to clean up an oil spill from rail tank cars. The training will take place from June 15 through 25 in Greenville.

Officials say that recent oil train accidents near and in Maine have reinforced the need for this kind of training.

In 2013, a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train with 72 oil tankers derailed in Quebec, killing 47 people. That same year in Maine, a train carrying crude oil derailed near the Penobscot River.

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