NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. problems caused by derailed trains in Waverly and in Cades, Tennessee, and in Youngstown, Florida, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Youngstown, Florida) Cleanup attempts at site of derailment and escape of chlorine gas reported; danger from propane gas tanker in midst of wreckage, like one that caused Waverly, Tennessee, explosion, mentioned. [Victim Donald SELLERS - knew gas was chlorine, because of training in service, but didn't know how bad it was.] National Trans. Safety Board investigation detailed; concerns with regard to incrd. number of derailments, especially involving hazardous materials, noted. [Safety Board member Francis McADAMS - cites possible need for stricter regulations governing transportation of hazardous materials.] Dangers involved and lack of good alternatives to transportation of hazardous materials by rail noted.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones
(Studio) Conditions of railroad beds in country noted; number of derailments not likely to diminish. Recent 3 derailments cause some action in DC.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Derailment and explosion in Waverly, Tennessee, mentioned; film shown. Trans. Secretary Adams' announcement of program to reduce derailments and incr. in number of rail inspectors reported [ADAMS - notes present budget incls. requests for more equipment and inspectors.] Other plans stated. [Tennessee Governor Ray BLANTON - says this action not comprehensive or uniform enough. Thinks only solution is nationalization of railroad beds. ] Reaction of Association of American railroad to nationalization suggestion given.
REPORTER: Jackson Bain
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