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TONIGHT AT 10: 'Off the Rails:' The next big rail disaster

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Dubuque firefighters train during a simulated derailment involving crude oil in Colorado in 2014. Dubuque firefighters train during a simulated derailment involving crude oil in Colorado in 2014.

The government is predicting an average of 10 trains carrying oil or ethanol will derail every year in the U.S. for the next several years.

We've already seen two explosive crashes in this part of the Midwest since February, so where will it happen next?

No one can answer that question, but we can ask what's being done to prepare for another rail disaster.

We're also talking to a company that ships ethanol and oil through eastern Iowa.

The level of concern in some small towns can be measured in feet, because of how close the tracks are to homes and businesses.

We're asking that company if you should be concerned that one of their trains could someday derail and explode in a small town.

You'll hear their answer in "Off the Rails," Thursday, April 30, on the KWWL News at 10.

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Railroad service map for Iowa: http://www.iowadot.gov/iowarail/railroads/maps/servicehighways.pdf? 

This shows where Canadian Pacific runs through eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River. CP ships ethanol and crude oil along that route.

Search for information about past Iowa train derailments here.

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