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Riskiest Trains Targeted by Canada Rule for 2-Person Crew

Canada responded to a deadly train explosion in Quebec by setting new emergency requirements for railway companies, including having at least two employees operating shipments of dangerous goods.

Trains that carry such goods can no longer be left unattended on a main track, the Transport Department said in a statement from Ottawa today. The rules also outline stronger policies about setting brakes and guarding against unauthorized entry to locomotives. Additional measures are a “distinct possibility,” Gerard McDonald, an official at Transport Canada, told reporters.