Aiken County Train Collision Update - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/10/05

Aiken County Train Collision Update

We have new information on a deadly train collision last week near Augusta. The National Transportation Safety Board says a switch was in the wrong position.

A moving train collided with a parked train last Thursday at a textile mill in Aiken County. One of the tanker cars ruptured and started leaking chlorine. Nine people died from the vapors.

Now the NTSB says the crew of the parked train should have left the switch aligned with the main line, and that was not done. Investigators are looking into how that happened.

Meanwhile, more work is being done today to stop the chlorine leak, but officials say it will likely be several more days before residents in the area will be allowed to return to their homes.

Reported by: Nicole MacMillan, nmacmillan@wtoc.com

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