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Published July 08, 2013, 06:41 PM

City officials say they are prepared for potential train accidents, chemical spills

Railroad cars roll through Grand Forks everyday carrying many different types of hazardous materials. But should a derailment take place causing an accident, the city says it is prepared.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Railroad cars roll through Grand Forks everyday carrying many different types of hazardous materials. But should a derailment take place causing an accident, the city says it is prepared.

Grand Forks does have a hazmat team that does train for chemical and oil spills. The Grand Forks Public Information office says hundreds of train cars that might be carrying agricultural fertilizers, Chorine gas and oil move through Grand Forks and the area on a daily basis. And while the railroads have many safety procedures in place to prevent accidents the area, fire departments train for potential accidents.

Kevin Dean, Public Information Officer: "That happens every single day in grand forks and we don't even stop to think about that. That's one of the reasons that we do have the hazmat team in town and that's the reason that we are as prepared as we can be. You can't schedule a disaster, you can't plan for it, but you can be prepared."

Dean says the area hazmat team will respond to any accident that would happen in the area, not just the city.

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