The 90-car train that derailed and exploded in western Alabama Friday was loaded with 2.7 million gallons of crude oil.

Each of the 90 cars was carrying 30,000 gallons of oil, according to Bill Jasper, president of the rail company Genesee & Wyoming.

About 20 cars exploded and burned after the derailment.

The accident happened near the town of Aliceville in Pickens Country. None of its 2,400 residents was hurt and the train crew was also uninjured.

The train carried crude from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. Bakken crude is light and combustible.

A Los Angeles Times report said 21 cars are still in the marsh at the derailment site but most of the other cars have been moved back onto the track. “The most damaged cars in the water will be removed last. The 60-foot-long, 10-foot-high wooden trestle [where the derailment occurred], which also caught on fire, will have to be rebuilt.,” the LA Times reported.

Railroads are carrying 25 times more crude oil than they were five years ago, the report said.

In July, a 72-car train carrying Bakken crude derailed and exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people and sparking a debate about rail safety.


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