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House Inquiry Looks at Regulations for Shipping Hazardous Materials

Issue 2 and Volume 123.

House Inquiry Looks at Regulations for Shipping Hazardous Materials Washington Report Washington Correspondent In Dunreith, Ind., a car from one train derailed and collided with a train moving in the opposite direction. The collision at 9:30 p.m., January 1, 1969, caused several tank cars containing flammable liquid to derail, leak and catch on fire. A large fire followed and a tank of ethylene oxide exploded, injuring firemen and policemen. According to the National Transportation Safety Board report, the fire fighters were “hampered in their activities by a lack of information as to the nature of the hazardous materials involved and necessary equipment to cope with the large fire.” One of the reasons given for their lack of knowledge was the fact that the placards identifying the liquid were burned in the initial fire. Another tank car containing a powerful poison, acetone cyanohydrin, was punctured, set afire, and leaked into the…

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