The trains allowed to travel no faster than 40 km/h
After train with crude oil Ltd Canadian Pacific Railway derailed and caught fire, Canada will establish speed limits for trains carrying dangerous goods. About it reports Reuters.
The accident in the early hours of Thursday in Saskatchewan, was the second derailment in the area over the past two months. Federal transport Minister Marc Garneau said that from midnight Friday (05:00 GMT on Saturday, February 8) trains carrying more than 20 cars of dangerous goods shall be limited to a speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) across the country over the next 30 days.
But in urban areas the speed limit is even lower – 20 mph (32 km/h). Cuts represent one-half the normal speed limits. Depending on the results of the investigation of the accident, the 30-day period may be shortened or extended.
“I understand that this will affect the economy… but very, very important that we do not sacrifice safety,” said Garneau.
Dangerous goods include crude oil which is diluted with condensate, gasoline, diesel fuel, chemicals and some fertilizers.
Note, in July 2013, 47 Canadians were killed in the Quebec town of Lac-mégantic after the train with oil tankers derailed and exploded.