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Report: Oil train that exploded in Canada passed through Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - An oil train that derailed in Quebec last year, killing 47 people, passed through Wisconsin from the Bakken oil fields on its way to its eventual demise.

That's according to the La Crosse Tribune, which said the Canadian Pacific hauled the train from New Town North Dakota to Minneapolis, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit on its way to Montreal -- where they were transferred to another railroad.

The Canadian government blamed the derailment on what it called "systematic weaknesses" in the safety system of the Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway.

The train carried 1.6 million gallons of crude oil which was left unattended for a night. The derailment caused a blast that destroyed 40 buildings and contaminated a nearby river and lake.

The derailment raised a series of red flags and new regulations that involve the shipping of crude oil from North Dakota.

A Canadian Pacific spokesman said his railroad implemented every operational change that the U.S. government mandated -- and in many cases, they exceed federal standards.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)