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Railroad Safety Hearings #53683

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) National Trans. Safety Board's statement with regard to railroad safety quoted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Board hearings on railroad safety, especially train derailments and resulting tank car explosions and fires, detailed. Trans. Department film of explosion and fire in Crescent City, Illinois, shown. Testimony to board with regard to incidents in Florida noted. [Victim's friend Berger HOWARD - describes friend's death from chlorine fumes inhalation. Notes friend is buried in Panama City.] [WOMAN - describes effects of incident to environmental] Installations of safety devices on tank cars already in progress; board's statements about these measures and demonstration to witnesses at hearing with regard to installation of some safety features described. [MAN - notes installation of coupler took 7 1/2 minute] Is reported that changes could be made by Christmas, law requires them by 1981 and that tank car owners say it will be hard to meet 1981 deadline.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

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