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Regulators scramble to rewrite rules as the nation's railways teem with crude oil
Twenty-one train cars slid off the tracks in New Augusta, Miss., on Jan. 31, nine of them spilling flammable cargo like crude oil, liquid fertilizer and methanol. Incredibly, none caught fire and no one was injured. “It was a miracle,” says Brett Carr of the Mississippi emergency management agency.
Local officials weren’t the only ones feeling lucky. …