Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Sparks Huge Fireball

Every day over 1 million barrels of crude oil travel through American towns near neighborhoods and schools.
1:28 | 05/06/15

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Next, to a massive oil tanker train derailing, forcing evacuations tonight. The thick, dark smoke seen for miles. Hazmat scrcrewing rushing to the scene. There is growing fears that this could happen far more often. ABC's Clayton Sandell tonight. Reporter: Huge plumes of smoke and fire erupting into the sky. The train, over 100 cars long, loaded with crude oil, derailing then catching fire this morning. Six cars engulfed. So much smoke, residents in the tiny town of heimdal had to be evacuated, but no one was injured. It's the eighth oil train derailment just this year. A few months ago in west Virginia, another train carrying crude oil jumped the tracks. Sparking this huge fireball. Hundreds of families evacuating. I've never seen anything like this in my life. Reporter: Every day in the U.S., over 1 million barrels of crude oil travel by train, often on tracks that critics say are aging and in need of an upgrade. These are in many times, going very near our homes, our schools and our businesses. Reporter: Just last week, American and Canadian regulators issued tough new rules for these oil cars, including lower speed limits and requiring stronger tanks and better brakes. But David, critics say it will be years before all tanker cars are up to those new standards. In the meantime, the huge surge in U.S. Oil production means more tanker cars like this in cities and neighborhoods around the country. David?

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