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Downstate disaster drill fitting after train wrecks

New York Army National Guard soldiers evaluate a simulated casualty during a disaster response exercise Aug. 9 at the Westchester County Fire Training Center in Valhalla.
New York Army National Guard soldiers evaluate a simulated casualty during a disaster response exercise Aug. 9 at the Westchester County Fire Training Center in Valhalla.
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Canadian firefighters had their hands full after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed in Quebec on July 6, setting a town on fire and killing dozens of people. In its aftermath, U.S. officials called for more oversight on train cars used to carry fuels and federal regulators issued a rule aimed at preventing entire trains from rolling downhill. While officials talked about political and administrative remedies to prevent a similar disaster in the U.S., ...

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