Maine's private rail network is not at risk of a major crash or accident, such as the derailment of a crude oil-carrying train in Quebec, Canada, according to a report submitted by Maine Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt to Gov. Paul LePage. "Although no form of transport is free from all risk, it appears that existing rail safety practices are adequate," the report stated. "However, the very existence of a high-speed, unattended, runaway freight train carrying hazardous material indicated that certain railway safety practices were either not being followed or could be improved," the report continued.

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