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Accident: 783811 - Phosphorous Tanker Ignites In Railroad Derailment

Accident: 783811 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 06/23/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
276456106/27/19889224Hazardous Material Section
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
276466006/24/19884011Csx Transportation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
276467806/24/19884212O. H. Materials, Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
276460306/24/19881629Hulcher Services, Inc.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on June 23, 1988, 36 cars of a 121 car train of the CSX railroad derailed just west of the Christian County town of Crofton, KY. A tanker containing white phosphorous ignited and emitted a white, toxic phosphorous pentoxide fume. State and local authorities evacuated about 20 square miles of northern Christian County as the tanker burned throughout the night. No personal injury or illness was reported as a result of the incident.
Keywords: flammable vapors, railroad tank car, toxic fumes, fire, phosphorous, chemical, railroad car
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 2764561
2 2764660
3 2764678
4 2764603

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