YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was in Youngstown on Monday, building support for his plan to make dangerous oil trains a bit safer.

Brown, D-Ohio, started working on this issue after 27 Investigates reported on major oil train routes crossing the Mahoning Valley. These routes transport millions of gallons of explosive crude oil and gas from the Bakken Crude Oil in North Dakota to refineries across the country, including some in Pittsburgh.

Two of these routes cross through Mahoning and Columbiana counties. The senator said safer train cars are needed to keep people safe, and rail companies need to let local emergency crews know when the trains are coming through.

“The HazMat crews that come out don’t necessarily know what was on that train and what the hazardous materials are,” Brown said. “When they arrive on scene, they have got to spend time figuring out what’s in this car, what happened, instead of arriving with the knowledge and they know what kind of strategy they can put together.”

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