Rail crash headlines said to mask overall safety statistics

Jan 16, 2014 | 12:40 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  ABH Consulting, Anthony B. Hatch, tank cars, rail cars, Union Pacific, Eric Butler, Joe Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration Corinna Petry

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Recent accidents involving railroad tank cars carrying petroleum products have grabbed headlines, obscuring the safety improvements that North American railroads have achieved over time, rail industry participants said.

"This has to get off the front page," Anthony B. Hatch, owner of New York-based ABH Consulting, said Jan. 15 at a Midwest Association of Rail Shippers meeting. ABH offers transportation and logistics advice.

Referring to a front page story in the Jan. 15 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Eric Butler, Union Pacific Corp.’s executive vice president for marketing and sales, agreed that such incidents are "highly publicized" but noted there are typically fewer accidents and injuries on railroads than in all other private industry.....

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