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In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013, file photo, a fire burns at the site of a CSX freight train derailment, in Rosedale, Md., where fire officials say the train crashed into a trash truck, causing an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire. The nation’s railroads are safer than ever, despite recent high-profile accidents. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Recent wrecks belie improving rail safety record

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By JOSH FUNK

AP Business Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- It's easy to think the railroads are unsafe when there are pictures of burning, derailed cars on the nightly news. But the nation's railroads are actually safer than ever, government statistics show.

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