Note - While the video indicates it's 18 minutes long, it is really only 11 minutes.
January 18, 2014 - In the last seven months three oil trains have derailed and exploded resulting in towns being evacuated, and 47 people killed. The number of oil train shipments, carrying oil from the N. Dakota oil fields, and the Canadian tar sand fields, to refinery in the south, has skyrocketed in the last few years to an all time record.
Approximately 50 freight trains pass through Prairie du Chien, WI on a typical day, many are oil trains pulling 100 oil tanker cars. The sheer number of these shipments means that while the chance of a derailment and explosion is still unlikely, it is much more likely now than it was just a very years ago.
Considering that oil trains transit many small towns through Grant and Crawford Counties, Midwest News wanted to know if city planners and emergency personal have plans in place to deal with a train derailment and explosion. Midwest News talked with Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin. See video.