NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 31, 1978
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(Studio) Dangers of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) reported.
REPORTER: John Hart
(DC) Amt. of LPG transported in United States noted; details given about expansion of liquid substance into gaseous substance if tank is ruptured. Recent tanker explosion in Spain recalled; Spanish television film shown. Other such accidents in Mexico recently and in Eagle Pass, Texas, in 1975, mentioned. Films shown. Design faults in tanker trucks, as claimed by some critics, reported [Eagle Pass victims' attorney Franklin HOUSER - describes test made to prove tankers' susceptibility to turning over at low speeds and low angles of turn.] Lubbock Mfg. Company reported to build most tankers for LPG in US. [Company spokesperson Duane PRESTON - says tankers have excellent safety record.] [Testing expert Dr. Vasilius MORFOPOLOUS - cites evidence that coupling device used in tankers is removed and reused even after tanker itself is scrapped.] [National Trans. Safety Board chairperson James KING - says coupling device doesn't belong on trucks moving around cntry.] General Accounting Office report recommendations for safety regulations with regard to LPG transport listed.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker