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Maryland / Railroad / Accident #560731

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(No location given: Robert Hager) 1988 Amtrak accident near Chase, MD, recalled; details given, scenes shown. railroad engineer Ricky Gates reported pleading guilty to manslaughter charge. Maryland state prosecutors reported agreeing to reduce manslaughter counts in return for guilty plea. Possible punishments named. [GATES - apologizes for pain caused.] [Victim's fiance Cheryl WILSON - says it's wrong that punishment lessened.] [Victim's father Dr. Roger HORN - comments on punishment.] Maryland prosecutors' position and weak MD RR laws discussed. [Prosecutor Sandra O'CONNOR - comments on situation.] O'Conner quoted regarding need for stronger railroad legislature

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Hager, Robert
Duration:
00:02:10

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