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Train explosions not likely in Chattahoochee Valley, officials say

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Train tracks often go through the middle of towns, like in Columbus. So if a train was carrying flammable materials and something went wrong -- it could be fatal.

No injuries were reported after a train derailment in Virginia, but city officials say they still don't know where 50,000 gallons of crude oil went.

Since last summer there have been several derailments involving trains carrying crude oil. The deadliest crash happened in Canada last July, when a train carrying crude went off the tracks and exploded. The derailment killed 47 people.

So we wondered -- could something like that happen here?

“The likelihood of that type of incident here, because of what's transported on the rails, is a whole lot less than it would be in those other areas that do transport crude oil,” said Bob Franklin of the Russell County EMA.

Franklin says most of that oil is coming from the west, so that kind of material is not passing through our area.

Plans are in place in case the chemicals on board a train leak, according to Franklin. They would most likely evacuate the area, but it depends on what kind of material leaks.

Maintaining the actual railroads is up to the railroad companies. They work with city officials to make sure that all of the first responders are prepared if something were to happen.

In 2013 -- there were 4 total train crashes in Muscogee and Russell counties, but they were minor derailments with nothing hazardous or flammable on board.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.

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