Phoenix fire to prepare for hazardous situations at rail yard

PHOENIX - Phoenix firefighters are getting ready to train for an incident they say is becoming increasingly common and increasingly dangerous.

Three times in the last six months train car fuel leaks have caused major problems.

In Canada, 47 people were killed after a train carrying oil derailed and exploded.

In North Dakota, more than 2,000 people had to be evacuated after a train carrying fuel crashed into a grain car and exploded.

And then in Phoenix, more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol leaked out after problems with a rail car at the Union Pacific rail yard.

Phoenix firefighters aren't the only ones preparing for more potential fuel leaks.

Officials with both the National Transit Safety Board and Canada's T.S.B. want more new safety measures for fuel carrying cars.

Including more route regulation and greater oversight of so called DOT-111 cars that are used to carry fuel.

Phoenix's Hazmat training begins at 10 a.m. Monday.

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