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Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Calls For Improved Rail Safety After Recent Flagstaff Death

A candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission has announced his plan to improve rail safety and oversight of Arizona’s railroad traffic on the heels of the latest fatality involving a train in Flagstaff over the weekend. Eric Sloan says: “anyone who has spent any time in Flagstaff knows how often trains pass through town. Combined with the number of crossings, and the railroad’s proximity to busy downtown areas, state officials have a responsibility to do everything they can to make the area as safe as possible. “ He adds, “that’s why I’m disappointed the Corporation Commission hasn’t brought together stakeholders to review and revise the Rail Safety and Security Resource Guide for more than a decade.” He says one of the first things he will do, if elected, is reconvene the private and public rail safety partnership and update the plan to reduce rail-related fatalities around the state.