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Archive for Tuesday, October 2, 2012

25 years ago: Freight car derails, tips over in East Lawrence

October 2, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 2, 1987:

  • Santa Fe Railway crews had replaced a tank car back on the correct track this morning, five hours after it had derailed and tipped over near East 11th Street. No injuries and no tank leaks of the cargo, anhydrous ammonia, had resulted from the accident. The tanker, the last in a line of cars, had derailed about 3 a.m. when a switch had caused it to follow tracks separate from the rest of the train. Railroad officials were investigating why the switch had been thrown before all the train cars had passed. Lawrence Fire Department's hazardous materials crew had stood by for about three hours while crews had returned the car to the tracks without incident.
  • The first frost, and possibly the first freeze, of the year was forecast for tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. The earliest recorded freeze of the season had been recorded in 1942, when the temperature had dropped to 31 degrees on Sept. 27. The local average first-freeze date was Oct. 28; there was only a 10 percent chance of a freeze before Oct. 14, according to Kansas University weather observer Steve Mauch.

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