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fumes from texas train kills three

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by SiempreUno, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. SiempreUno

    SiempreUno Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2003 Messages: 186 Likes Received: 0
    http://channels.netscape.com/fotosrch/3/20040628TXSAE101.jpg'> "SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The collision of two freight trains released a plume of toxic fumes that killed a conductor and two people who lived nearby, investigators said Tuesday. Two others were left critically ill.

    A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived late Monday to determine the cause of the crash of the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains in a rural area southwest of San Antonio.

    Lead investigator Jim Remines said the team will examine a variety of factors, including track conditions, braking systems, signal operations and how the respective crews responded to the situation.

    Remines said a Union Pacific dispatcher had arranged to have the westbound UP train stop while the eastbound Burlington Northern train pulled off onto a siding.

    ``Somebody should have stopped and didn't,'' he said.

    John Bromley, a spokesman for Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific, said 23 of the 74 cars on the UP train derailed. Seventeen Burlington Northern cars derailed, all of them empty.

    A tanker car carrying pressurized chlorine broke open in the collision, venting tons of gas into the air. A small amount of ammonium nitrate was also released from three UP cars.

    The gas clouds dissipated by late Monday morning, after drifting up to 10 miles to San Antonio's SeaWorld amusement park, where six people were treated for minor respiratory irritation.

    Jerry Leyva, an investigator with the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office, said Gene Hale, 85, and Lois Koerber, 59, died from the effects of breathing chlorine gas. Their bodies were found Monday afternoon in their home about a mile from the crash.

    Also killed by the gas was Heath Pape, a 23-year-old conductor aboard the Union Pacific train.

    Leyva said the deaths have been ruled accidental.

    Two people who lived near the crash remained in critical condition. San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Randy Jenkins said more than 40 other people suffered mostly minor respiratory irritation.

    Scott Harris, a Dallas-based EPA spokesman, said UP hoped to hoist the chlorine tanker from the wreckage, but heavy rain Tuesday hampered the effort. He said the car still held about 8,000 gallons of the chemical.

    06/29/04 21:55

    © Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. "

    from cnn.com.

    i wonder what thfumes they were letting off... sounds like som scary shit.

    when i first read the headline i was praying it wasnt some writer in the wrong place at the wrong time..

    morge uzi
  2. alabama

    alabama Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 618 Likes Received: 0
    damn.....praying it wasnt some writer??? fuck that....it wouldve been a better story if it was. kill off some of these assholes...

    rip those innocent people who just lived by the line.
  3. 2ten

    2ten Member

    Joined: Apr 9, 2003 Messages: 385 Likes Received: 0
    that shit went down like 10 min from where i used to live...
  4. damn vandle

    damn vandle Member

    Joined: Sep 22, 2001 Messages: 499 Likes Received: 0
    Damn, that shits crazy!