- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for tougher rail tank cars in the wake of a derailment near Galena, Illinois of a BNSF Railway freight train transporting North Dakota crude oil.

In a statement, Durbin said the rising number of train derailments across the country “is unacceptable.” He says the Obama administration should act quickly to finalize their rule to strengthen tank car standards.

Durbin says regulators need to look at not just the safety of the rail cars, but the safety of what is being put into those cars.

There were no injuries in Thursday’s derailment of 21 cars of a 105-car train that continues to burn.

BNSF says the train’s tank cars were a newer model known as the 1232. But 1232 standard cars involved in three other accidents have split open in the past year.

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