INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said this week that the nation’s railroad could pose a catastrophic threat to the U.S. population.

A train carrying crude oil that explodes or derails poses a threat to the health and safety of people, property and the environment, NTSB officials said.

It was a point underscored in Indianapolis on Tuesday, when a train crashed into a truck loaded with pineapple on the city’s east side.

The collision occurred when a truck hauling nearly 43,000 pounds of pineapples hung up on the CSX track at the intersection of Rural and Massachusetts Streets. Seconds later, a special Department of Defense train carrying a half-a-million-pound container designed to haul spent nuclear waste ripped the truck in two.


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