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Crookston fire chief Tim Froeber is concerned about the proximity of the railroad tracks to the High School and college as an increase in train traffic is expected through the middle of the town soon. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Small-town fire departments ready themselves for oil-train disasters

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Each day, some 600 oil-tanker cars pass through Crookston on their way west to North Dakota’s Oil Patch, and, even though their tanks are empty, Fire Chief Tim Froeber said he isn’t any less worried about them than if their tanks were full.

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“The empty ones can be just as dangerous because they are full of fumes,” he said.

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