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Train Derailments / Selma Action #257465

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) railroad companies' increase in efforts to repair facilities in wake of recent derailments noted. Actions of one community reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Selma, Alabama) No. of derailments in Selma, Alabama, according to Mayor Joe Smitherman, reported Mayors' order for tracks through town to be blockaded to halt 1 and N railroad trains from going through until company agrees to repair tracks causing derailments reported [SMITHERMAN - asks railroad official to sign agreement, after stating terms, in order to call off blackade.] RR's agreement with town detailed; tracks to meet Federal railroad Admin. standards. Smitherman's leadership of Selma through civil rights demonstrations mentioned. [SMITHERMAN - cites things he learned in civil rights demonstrations that helped in this situation.]
REPORTER: Martha Teichner

Mudd, Roger;
Teichner, Martha

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