- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

ALMA, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says first responders need more training after two train derailments in two days in Wisconsin last weekend.

Baldwin toured the derailment site in Alma, in western Wisconsin, on Thursday. Up to 20,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the Mississippi River when a BNSF Railway train derailed last Saturday.

WKOW-TV (https://bit.ly/1PqRqG3 ) reports Baldwin said one of the rail safety reforms she’s been fighting for is letting first responders know what a train is carrying in case it does derail.

The Wisconsin Democrat says providing “real-time information” helps emergency crews respond with the right equipment - something she says is “not happening right now.”

On Friday, Baldwin plans to visit Watertown, in southern Wisconsin, where a Canadian Pacific train derailed and spilled crude oil Sunday, prompting an evacuation.


Information from: WKOW-TV, https://www.wkow.com

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