Two Years Since Fatal Graniteville Wreck

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. — Today marks the two-year anniversary of a fatal train wreck here.

On Jan. 6, 2005, a northbound Norfolk Southern Railway freight train encountered an improperly lined switch that diverted the train from the main line onto an industry track where it struck an unoccupied, parked train.

Among the derailed cars were three tank cars containing chlorine, one of which was breached, releasing chlorine gas. The train engineer and eight other people died as a result of chlorine gas inhalation.

Nine people were killed in the derailment and hundreds more were evacuated because of spilled chemicals.

— News Wire