Nebraska could enhance train safety following disastrous derailments

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A new proposal here in Nebraska is aimed at preventing train accidents and derailments.

Legislative Bill 31 would require crews to consist of at least two people.

This comes as train wrecks are making headlines all across the country and here at home.

Senator Mike Jacobson introduced the bill which is scheduled for a hearing Monday afternoon.

It follows a second derailment in Ohio, where thousands of people had to be evacuated just a month ago due to a crash involving hazardous materials.

The latest accident happened between Dayton and Columbus on Saturday, in the city of Springfield.

Authorities say there is no risk to public health from this most recent derailment.

But there are concerns about long-term health effects in East Palestine after February’s wreck.

Back in Nebraska, there has been a recent string of accidents in Dawson County as well.

Just last month a train carrying coal derailed near Gothenburg, while a Union Pacific rail car caught fire near Cozad.

The new proposal says, “Two-person crews can play a major role in helping to prevent potential accidents or derailments, as well as allowing potential problems to be addressed while an individual remains in the cab.”

Head to Room 1113 in the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. to give your input.

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