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Walz seeks congressional hearing on rail safety

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rep. Tim Walz is requesting a congressional hearing on railroad safety following a meeting with concerned citizens in La Crescent on Monday.

Walz said communities with railroads shipping hazardous materials through them need to be protected.

Concerns stemmed after a train carrying oil derailed in the eastern North Dakota town of Casselton in December.

The requested hearing would examine the issue and find ways to increase rail safety.

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