By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten
Crawford County emergency workers have a pretty good track record of responding to major incidents. But, with an increased number of trains carrying petroleum crude oil through local railroad communities, questions have risen about whether the county is prepared to deal with a potential explosion, large-scale spill or other disaster involving the trains that regularly carry hazardous materials through the area.
According to Roger Martin, who has served as the Crawford County Emergency Management director for 14 years, and worked for the village of Eastman for 13 years prior to that, he can’t recall a major train derailment or disaster, other than flooding, that caused widespread evacuation in the county.
“There have been some individual car derailments, but no product loss, Martin said. “As many trains that go through, we’ve been very lucky.”