Mock drill tests emergency teams
A train traveling through Ruston derailed and a tanker car carrying tons of nitric acid began leaking less than 30 yards from the Lady Techsters’ softball field where a pickup game was in progress.
Within minutes, three students lay dead, poisoned by the acidic fumes. Five students lay unconscious, hovering between life and death and three were considered “walking wounded.”
A 911 call was made and minutes later an ambulance arrived on the scene. But the paramedics quickly fled the area when they realized they were facing a hazardous materials (haz-mat) situation.