I was living at Spanish Gardens at the time, heard the roar, saw the plume of black smoke, and listened to what seemed to be every siren possible in a 10 mile radius. I grabbed a coat and walked over, not realizing it was RR related, so no camera (nuts). I started at the Lake Ave. overpass. Both geeps were on their sides, having separated from the train and rolled over on the curve. They were not running, but still lit up. Firemen were scrambling around trying to "turn things off" I presume, and checking for ruptured fuel tanks/lines/spillages, etc. (I don't think they found anything). The bigger show was around the corner, so I joined an already-growing crowd on the former Hojack ROW near the swing bridge pier on the west side. One of the ladies was quite upset because someone she knew lived in one of the destroyed properties and no one could tell her anything. (To my knowledge, no one was home in any of the properties at the time and no one was hurt in the accident.) We stayed until we were shooed away by the local gendarmes. At that point, the RR/firemen/police had been informed of the potentially toxic fumes from the burning tank cars and were charged with establishing a radius. I left and went across the Stutson St. bridge to the east side and settled in among the crowd where the majority of nessman's photos were taken.
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but if both geeps were equipped with dynamic brakes, why weren't they used?
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