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New safety proposals for oil trains

Rochester, N.Y. - A new federal proposal would phase out thousands of older rail cars that carry crude oil and alert emergency responders when crude oil tankers are traveling through their state.

"With these kinds of hazardous materials as volatile as they are, specifically crude oil, responding and initially knowing what we're getting into is certainly going to help us out," said East Rochester Fire Chief Mike Romach.

Currently, Romach says they don't know what a train is carrying until there's been an accident.

"We would try to locate the conductor and engineer and try to locate the shipping papers and the manifest," explained Romach about their current response. "We do have our dispatchers communicate with the CSX dispatchers so it just depends, not as quickly as we would like."

Another part of the proposal is to phase out old DOT-111 cars that carry crude oil.

The plan is over the next two years to lower speed limits on trains pulling those old cars.

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