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Transporting crude oil and other energy products by rail would be far safer if regulators, the rail industry and other stakeholders focused on keeping the cars on the tracks instead of responding to derailments, a new report from an infrastructure policy group argues.

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, in a white paper released Thursday, contends that derailments could be considerably reduced by using existing technology to better assess rail and equipment conditions, conducting more thorough inspections of track integrity and providing more automated safety backups to reduce the risk of human error.

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