ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) Selma, Alabama, Mayor Joe Smitherman's concern over numerous train derailments in his town and definitive action taken reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Selma, Alabama) [SMITHERMAN - notes number of recent derailments and lack of action by railroad company Says if it takes action such as he's ordered to get something done, then it will be so.] Smitherman's order for fire truck and police car to sit on railroad tracks to halt train en route from Montgomery reported; his message to 1 and N and Western railroad companies that they must repair tracks before trains allowed to move stated. railroad workmen's appearance to make repairs noted and meeting of railroad officials with mayor at Selma's city hall detailed. railroad officials' concern that this confrontation may lead to others mentioned.
REPORTER: David Snell(WSFA newstape)