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Best Actual Train Wreck

Rosedale, May 28

A truck driver was seriously injured when a CSX freight train with tanks of chemicals barreled into it, flicking the truck like a booger into the underbrush that surrounds the private crossing the crash occurred at. There followed a massive explosion of chemicals and a fire that quickly got the city’s attention, an evacuation of nearby residents, and a few viral videos. No signals—they aren’t required. No maintenance of the crossing that would have allowed the trucker to see the train. And CSX sued the trucker in his hospital bed, as is standard. Bigger and more trains are in everyone’s future. Yet, by springtime, the Federal Railroad Administration, the lead agency regulating the nation’s rail lines, had written only eight of the 17 new safety regulations required by a law Congress passed in 2008. Stop, look, and listen.

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