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The City of Perham Ponders How They Can Make Their RR Crossings Safer

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Some growing concerns about railroad safety is mounting in Perham, Minnesota. After the derailment in Casselton city officials in Perham say they are prepared for a similar situation if anything were to happen, but they would like to see that the railroads and state continue to do their part for preparation as well.


Government agencies and railroads are considering more safety practices for crossings and even incorporating safer tank cars to transport crude oil in the coming years. But as nearly 60 trains pass through the small town of Perham everyday, city leaders would like to see more of those safer tanker cars sooner rather than later.


"They're saying 20 years. I would hope they can speed that up. 20 years is a long time and a lot of disasters can happen in that time," says Tim Meehl the Mayor of Perham.


The city of Perham has installed crossing arms at all of their railroad crossings with funding provided by the state. While that does make those crossings safer according to officials, some city leaders would like to implement quite zones at those crossings which would cost millions of dollars that the city itself can't afford. They are hoping that the railroads and state step up to incur some of those costs to ensure an even safer crossings.


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