20 May 2008

We woke up Saturday and CNN was all over an early morning freight train derailment in Louisiana that spilled nearly 10,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid, forcing some 4,000 people to evacuate their homes.

There were bells, whistles, helicopters, correspondents, sister stations, correspondents from sister stations in helicopters, graphics, maps, crawlers, eyewitness accounts; it was absolute three-tier lower third mania!

But then Ted Kennedy had a stroke in Nantucket or something and that was the last I heard about the train derailment.

Moral of the story:

Ted Kennedy stroke-like symptoms > Spilling 10,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid

Slate's Explainer tackles Why Do Trains Derail?

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