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Train Derailments / Tennessee / Florida / Rail Safety #497648

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 26, 1978
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(Studio) Train derailments near Milan, Tennessee, and Youngstown, Florida, noted; details given.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Youngstown, Florida) Details of derailment of freight train of Atlanta and Saint Andrews Bay RR, which operates between Dothan, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida, given; tanker carrying chlorine gas ruptured in wreck. [Florida highway patrol lt. Olin GILBERT - doubts that victims of gas fumes realized what was happening, since gas paralyzes lungs.] Possible cause of derailment, as reported by investigator for National Trans. Safety Board, noted; board's probe of 3 major derailments in southe. in past week mentioned.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones (WALA-TV tape, Mobile)

(Studio) Update on death toll resulting from propane tanker explosion in Waverly, Tennessee, on Friday given. Drainage of 2nd tanker before residents allowed to return to homes noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Waverly, Tennessee) Damage wrought by tanker explosion described. Limited damage to nearby home of Percy Coleman noted. [COLEMAN - thinks he's extra lucky man, compared to people he saw at hospital.]
REPORTER: Jim Ruddle

(Studio) Federal government's incrd. attention to railroad beds, as result of recent fatal derailments, noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) National Trans. Safety Board statement that problem in derailments is in railroad beds and tracks rather than in trains noted; some tracks are about 100 years old. Concerns with regard to incrd. traffic in explosive and toxic materials by rail mentioned. [Board member Captain Philip HOGUE - says it's no longer problem of accidents occurring in isolated areas, but also in populated areas, and just question of when.] Possible board hearings on problem noted.
REPORTER: Jackson Bain

(Studio) Upcoming antitrust trial in Washington, DC before Interstate Commerce Commission judge noted. Involved is Seaboard Coast Line, which runs L&N railroad that was involved in Friday's explosion in Waverly, Tennessee. Details given.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Reporter(s):
Bain, Jackson;
Ruddle, Jim;
Savitch, Jessica;
Jones, Kenley
Duration:
00:05:20

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