Norfolk Southern Train Accident - Graniteville, South Carolina

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
At least nine people died in Graniteville, South Carolina after a Norfolk Southern train collided with parked rail cars on January 6, 2005 derailing 14 cars and releasing a cloud of deadly chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide. Six of the victims were working at the nearby Avondale Mills textile plant at the time of the accident. The train's engineer, a man in his house and a man found in his truck near the accident were the three other victims. Hundreds of people became ill due to the toxic chlorine cloud and over 5,000 residents were forced to evacuate the area.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, over 40 tons of lime was dropped on the accident site in an effort to contain the fumes. The FBI is investigating why a switch was set to move the Norfolk Southern train onto the parallel track where the rail cars were parked. Authorities do not suspect any sort of tampering was involved.

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