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(Source: Claims Journal, May 16, 2024)

The longer the freight train, the greater the risk of derailment, new research from the Society for Risk Analysis shows. The study, published in the journal Risk Analysis, was led by Peter Madsen of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business. The study found that a 100-car train is more than twice as likely to experience a derailment than a 50-car train. The findings suggest that if the U.S. rail transport system employed 100-car trains rather than 50-car trains (requiring half as many trains overall), the systemwide risk of derailments would rise by 11%.

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