jenabean

Jena's Rants
2001-07-19 16:23:08 (UTC)

The City that Breeds will soon be inhabited by toxic monsters!!!!

Oh great the city I live and work in is being referred to
by a National News company as a Toxic Terror. All of the
city workers are off, my Mexicano Amigo from Alex Brown has
off because of the incident, and here I am wondering what
the fuck I am doing here. The sky outside is amazing!!!
You can't see shit! It is completely clouded with some
kind of nasty shit that you should not be breathing. Not
that you should breath this nasty ass air anyhoo. I dunno,
so here's what ABC had to say about Balti-bore!


Toxic Terror
Baltimore Shut Down After Train Wreck

July 19 — All roads into Baltimore were closed temporarily
after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in a tunnel
near the city's downtown area Wednesday afternoon, sparking
a blaze that firefighters are still unable to approach.

"They've not been able to get into the tunnel," said Bob
Murrow, spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public
Works.
On Wednesday afternoon, the city's civil defense sirens
screamed for the first time in 50 years. City officials
shut portions of the city's bustling downtown area,
including roads, highways, the commuter rail and the Inner
Harbor, and urged residents to stay inside.

"We don't know what's involved in this particular fire,"
said Baltimore Fire Department battalion chief Hector
Torres. "It's possible that hazardous material may still be
involved and even though the smoke is lightening, we can
still have toxins in that smoke." An evening baseball game
at Camden Yards was postponed by the accident.

Downtown Baltimore Remains Shut

While most major roads were reopened by 11 p.m. Wednesday,
parts of the downtown area closest to the tunnel remain
closed, and may be through the morning commute and possibly
beyond as firefighters have been unable to get close enough
to the blaze to battle it effectively.

Fire officials said the fire is too thick and hot inside
the tunnel, and have turned to thermal imagining equipment
for help determining just where in the 1 ½-mile tunnel the
train is located. Officials said they expected to be
battling the fire through the morning.

However, a water main break nearby may be helping.

"We think that the heat from the fire actually caused the
water line to break," said Kurt Colker of the Baltimore
Department of Public Works. "We decided to continue to let
the water flow because it was helping fight the fire."

City Dwellers Told to Stay Inside

Torres said there were no evacuations, but people were
being urged to stay inside — and shut off any ventilation
systems to prevent potentially hazardous smoke from
invading homes.

Eight tankers in the 60-car CSX train were carrying
potentially toxic chemicals, including hydrochloric acid
and fluorosilicic acid, which when inhaled can burn the
lungs.

So far, city officials say, there are no signs of toxins
reaching the air.

Two of the 125 firefighters brought to the scene were taken
to a hospital after complaining of chest pains. They were
in stable condition. No other injuries have been reported.

The cause of the accident is not yet known. CSX spokesman
Rob Gould told The Associated Press the two-man crew
stopped the train in the tunnel when they detected a
problem. They got out, saw smoke, uncoupled the three
locomotives — standard procedure during such accidents —
and drove out of the tunnel, he said.

Orioles-Rangers Game Postponed; Players, Staff Evacuated

Wednesday night's baseball game was to be the second in a
day-night doubleheader between the Orioles and the Texas
Rangers. The game had been rescheduled for today, making
for another day-night doubleheader, but at least the day
game has already been postponed, with no decision yet on
the evening half of the bill.

The Associated Press reported that firefighters have set up
their command post near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and
officials are unsure how long they will be there.

Camden Yards is about a mile from the tunnel. Fans
attending the earlier game on Wednesday had already left
when the accident occurred, and fans hoping to see the
night game had not yet arrived.

Players and employees were evacuated from the complex.




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