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3 LPG Blasts Follow Derailment Of Tankers, Evacuation of Area

Issue 3 and Volume 132.

3 LPG Blasts Follow Derailment Of Tankers, Evacuation of Area Three BLEVEs, raging flames and dense black smoke caused by a derailment in a 92-car freight train brought on a partial evacuation of the City of Canyon in the Texas Panhandle and an estimated $640,000 loss. Miraculously, there were no injuries or loss of life. The derailment, which involved 37 cars in the center of the train, occurred on a sharp curve in the tracks at the western edge of the city, a point where the Houston-Denver rails connect with the Santa Fe main line from Chicago to Los Angeles. Traffic on the transcontinental line was stopped for nine hours, causing a massive tie-up of trains along the route. Ten of the derailed cars were tankers, five of which carried liquefied petroleum gas. One each carried fuel oil, petroleum naphtha and petroleum distillate. An empty cyclohexane tanker and one filled…

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