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Dangerous Cargo Has Assemblyman Pushing For Info

Dangerous Cargo Has Assemblyman Pushing For Info
Posted April 17th, 2014 @ 6:31pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

There's a push to give emergency crews more information about dangerous cargo that trains may be carrying.

Citing accidents like last year's derailment in Quebec, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson wants railroads to tell local first responders how much crude oil or other hazardous materials are passing through cities.

"We need to be prepared, we need to know what we're fighting when those incidents occur in order to minimize loss of life and property," Dickinson implored.

The Sacramento Democrat says right now there doesn't have to be advance notice and when there's a problem crews roll up blind.

"It's really critical, information is probably the number one thing for us," said West Sacramento Fire Chief Rick Martinez.

Crude oil production is up and Dickinson says by 2016 at least six trains of 100 cars each could be passing through the area.

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