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NEWS: 30 Freight Cars Derail in California, Hazardous Chemical Spill

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posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 03:18 PM
A freight train containing hazardous chemicals derailed 30 cars on Saturday afternoon in Whittier, California. Authorities have not released the reason for the derailment, and have not yet denied terrorist involvement. 2 homes are damaged and 30 others have been evacuated. The trains contained butane and sulfuric acid.
The freight cars — some of which were carrying chemicals — derailed in an unincorporated area near the city of Whittier (search) near the 605 freeway. Firefighters were trying to determine what kind of chemicals were being carried and whether any of them had leaked, Los Angeles County Sheriff"s Department deputy Luis Castro said.

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Given the recent reports of terrorist attacks possibly coming before the election, in addition to past reports of terrorist interest in infrastructure, I"m wondering if this is the beginning of a pattern.

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[edit on 17-10-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 03:37 PM
The southern California area averages 1-2 major derailments every year, causes range from inexperience or mishandling to lack of proper maintenance of the equipment. It's just more proof that the U.S. railroad system needs a major overhaul to increase safety and economic efficiency.

posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 08:36 PM
If it was something very serious, we wouldn't have been notified, and the people who's homes had been disrupted would have been bribed to be quiet, or just removed completely.

posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 02:57 AM
USA Radio Network news states that the chemicals in the containers were sulphuric acid and butane.


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