Trains are such a commonplace sight in Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside that most people hardly give them a second thought. Maybe that should change.

Hazardous, even explosive, materials are transported through the villages all the time, and railroads are still not mandated to transport those materials in tank cars that are proven safer than earlier models.

It’s time for suburban officials to put whatever pressure they can on railroads to ensure the safest mode of transporting hazardous materials through their towns. All it takes is one accident for us to have a real tragedy on our hands.

If it costs railroads money to ensure safety, then they should be happy to pay up. The alternative is too gruesome to even contemplate.