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Several news outlets are reporting that a train carrying "highly flammable and toxic gas" has derailed and burst into flames in Tennessee early this morning. Approximately 5000 residents have been evacuated.


Just last week at the NFPA Conference and Expo, the excellent Featured Presentation highlighted the risk freight trains can pose to communities by looking at the devastating Lac-Megantic railway disaster in which a runaway train transporting crude oil derailed and crashed, killing 47 people.