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Two train derailments in Wisconsin lead to safety talk

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A 30-car train derailed in Alma,
spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol

Two freight trains derailed in Wisconsin over the weekend, putting more focus on the safety of those trains and railroad tracks in the Midwest.

The first accident happened Saturday near Alma with about 30 rail cars going off the track and spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol.

Sunday, a crude oil train derailed at Watertown.

Maureen Freedland of the Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS) group in La Crosse says efforts to make the tracks and trains in the state safer have been delayed frequently.

CARS is demanding that state and federal government review the risks posed by transporting fuel by train, and issue an official environmental impact statement.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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