It’s the latest in a string of fiery accidents involving so-called “bomb trains” hauling large quantities of crude from the booming North Dakota oil fields. With pipelines scarce in the region, the oil that’s being pumped out of the Bakken shale is largely being shipped by rail. The worst such crash killed 47 people in 2013, when a runaway train derailed in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.
These trains travel through Chicago everyday. Is there a disaster in the offing?