NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1978
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(Studio) Recent train wrecks in Florida and elsewhere noted; effect of bad tracks and roadbeds on rail travel described. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to fine RR's for spills of dangerous chemicals cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Tampa, Florida) Is noted that RR's are required by law to keep up own tracks and that many don't do so. [National Trans. Safety Board spokesperson Captain Philip HOGUE - says maintenance is Problem of all.] [Trans. Secretary Brock ADAMS - cites help for marginal RR's not able to get private financing.] [Tennessee Governor Ray BLANTON - says only solution to railroad disrepair problems is nationalization. Notes number of derailments per week in Tennessee.] [American railroad Association pres. William DEMPSEY - cites reasons nationalization wouldn't eliminate problems.] Department of Trans. tests at it's Colorado center described; department film shown. [DEMPSEY - thinks RR's are still best way to transport dangerous materials, despite accidents of last wkend.] Upcoming hearings on condition of American RR's de- tailed.
REPORTER: Jackson Bain
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