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FRA finds BNSF failed to provide T&E crews 'suitable food' during Montana stopover


A Federal Railroad Administration regional administrator recently determined that Burlington Northern Santa Fe didn't provide train and engine-service crews "suitable nutritional food" at an away-from-home terminal in Havre, Mont., according to a news item on United Transportation Union's Web site. UTU had filed a formal complaint with FRA.

"The hours of service law requires that … suitable facilities for food and lodging be available in connection with [a] release period," said FRA Regional Administrator Dick Clairmont in a prepared statement.

BNSF was notified in advance that there wasn't a suitable facility available in Havre to enable crew members to obtain a proper meal, UTU officials said.

Clairmont forwarded his findings to FRA's Washington, D.C., office, recommending the agency assess civil penalties, UTU said.

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