June 28, 2018 08:54 PM
(ABC 6 News)--We rely on trains to haul just about anything to anywhere in the country, from lumber and coal to hazardous materials.
ABC 6 went to Manly, IA where railroad workers are receiving extra hazmat training.
The safety train has made its way to Northern Iowa.
Workers from Iowa Northern and a few other railroads learned how to be more thorough with hands-on inspection experiences and classroom work.
“Rail transportation is something that’s very important to the national economy and hazardous materials are very important to consumer products,” said Tom Murta, Executive Director of the Short Line Safety Institute.
Mark Sabin is Senior Vice President of Iowa Northern Railway Company and he said that hazardous material is constantly traveling on tracks in the region.
“We handle ethanol, sulfuric acid, methanol, caustic soda, propane,” Sabin said.
Experts on site said over 99.99 percent of train cars carrying hazardous material make it from origin to destination safely.
Created: June 28, 2018 08:54 PM
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