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Smoke rises from a number of cars that derailed and exploded from a train carrying crude oil near Aliceville, Ala., on Nov. 8, as pictured in this still image taken from video courtesy of WBMA/abc3340.com. Those cars, which threw flames 300 feet into the night sky, are being left to burn down, which could take up to 24 hours, according to the train owner, Genesee & Wyoming.

As Alabama derailment flames fade, new oil-by-rail questions arise

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NEW YORK — The second explosive oil-train derailment this year, which has finally burned out in rural Alabama, may raise new questions about the safety of the crude-by-rail boom, pointing to problems beyond those that surfaced following the earlier tragedy in Quebec.

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