ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1978
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(Studio) Series of railroad derailments said causing questions with regard to railroad safety. Deaths due to derailment in Florida of chlorine gas filled tank car reported, as well as those in Tennessee from 2 derailments.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Youngstown, Florida) Bay Line accident filmed, described. Air Force, civil defense, and Florida state trooper rescue action reported 10 square mile area said vacated. 2800 affected. Dangers besides chlorine gas noted, include propane. Explosion of propane car in Waverly, Tennessee, Friday recalled. [Director civil defense Jim HEISLER - explains necessity of using foam to minimize danger.] Similarity of accident to that in Tennessee again noted.
REPORTER: George Strait
(Tennessee) Derailment in Cades, Tennessee, filmed, reported Further action re: derailment in Waverly, Tennessee, filmed, reported Danger of propane noted. Funeral of Wilbur York, Waverly fire chief, held in Dickson, Tennessee, filmed, reported Other victims noted.
REPORTER: Bob Brown
(No location given) Derailments in Dallas, Texas; Goldonna, LA; Pensacola, Florida; recalled. Scenes shown. 500 such derailments of tank cars with flammable and toxic materials said to have occurred in 1977. Film of accident shown under test conditions. Some said blaming cozy relations between RR's and Federal Railroad Admin. [Admin., Escamba Cnty., Florida, Joe MOONEY - charges agency protects industry, not public.] FRRA admission of relying on RR's to police safety of equipment reported Federal safety standards development at Trans. Department center at Pueblo, Colorado, noted. Film shown. L&N train shown; situation summarized.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin
(DC) [Trans. Secretary Brock ADAMS - reports 7000-8000 derailments each year] [President, Association of American Railroads - denies railroads quite dangerous.] [ADAMS - believes roadbeds not safe enough.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory