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VTrans details its role in Vt. railroad system

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Quebec Premier toured the site of the horrific train crash in Canada Thursday.

Saturday's derailment in Lac-Megantic is Canada's worst railway disaster in almost 150 years. The head of the railway company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes after leaving the train for the night. The train carrying oil then barreled into the community where it exploded and caused a massive fire, killing 50 people. Lac-Megantic is about 155 miles east of Montreal.

In Vermont, Vermont railway operates 350 miles of tracks. The tracks carry both freight and passengers. Officials say workers go through extensive training.

The rail system is a key part of the state's economy. Dan Delabruere is the Vermont Agency of Transportation rail program manager. He explains VTrans role in the railways and their plans for future railways.

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