Plentiful Water Controls Train Wreck Blast, Fire

Issue 7 and Volume 124.

Plentiful Water Controls Train Wreck Blast, Fire A ready supply of water and good fire emergency planning that provided a fire .pump and 2 1/2-inch hose with 800,000-gallon water storage controlled an explosion and fire caused by the 26-car derailment of a westbound freight train at Newberry Springs, Calif. The accident occurred at 3:55 p.m. last December 22 at the trackside plant of the Baroid Division, a subsidiary of the National Lead Corporation, and the resulting ball of flame was visible for 25 miles. The explosion and fire occurred when a 33,000-gallon propane tanker was ruptured by the coupling of the following freight car. A 2-foot hole was ripped in the tanker by a freight car (1) loaded with grain. The gas cloud covered an area (shaded) about 500 feet in diameter before it ignited from an undetermined source. The explosion and fire burned only two other railroad cars, one…

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