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Derailed train's cars have dicey safety history

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Railway officials are voicing concerns with a tanker car design after a derailment and spill near Dubuque.

A Canadian Pacific train came off the tracks Wednesday. 15 cars were involved -- 14 were tankers known as the DOT 111, which has a long history of safety issues.

The DOT 111 is the workhorse American ethanol transportation. The National Transportation and Safety Bureau estimates they comprise 69% of all tankers. One report puts 100,000 on the rails.

In 2009, 13 111s derailed and ruptured in Illinois. One person was killed and nine were injured in the resulting fire, while hundreds of homes were evacuated. In 2013, 43 people were killed in Quebec after a train derailed.

Andy Cummings, a representative for Canadian Pacific, said the railway maintains that the safety measures need to be upgraded on the 111s. He was unable to specify what upgrades they want.

"We want to move products in the safest way possible," Cummings told KWWL.

However, the railway is still obligated to accept the cars, which come directly from the clients shipping the fuel. Canadian Pacific said they don't own any 111 cars.

Others, including an NTSB reports, have called for upgrades to the cars' valves, in addition to thicker steel.

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