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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas MissouriPacific coal train den 4 1 0 M 0 5 3 1 0 7 9 9 EMPIRE MICROFILMco FO BOX 816423 T 75331 Sevencar mishap dumps tons of coal bound for San Antonio no In juries reported BysAfcAHDUKE Staff Writer Tons of coal bound for San Antonio spilled off the Union Pacific tracks near Mission Valley ills narrowly missing utility poles and coming within 50 feet of striking the mills water tower Saturday The spill occurred when cars went off tracks near Nacogdoches and Khuehler John Williams of the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment said the cars behind the original derailment buckled together as the train A hitch between cars separating the train and leaving the trailing cars out of con The cars were topheavy enough that when they jumped they threw the tracks off Williams pointing to broken cross ties and The cars lay twisted and tracks were destroyed for more than one hundred yards behind the Fart of the reason for the spill was that the cars were slowing while go ing through a in the Williams New Braunfels Fire Department officials extinguished a fire that erupted on the bridge over the Guadalupe River following the Williams said the fire probably was ignited by sparks from the slowing train hitting the cross Union Pacific recently completed work on the tracks at the location of the Flailroad officials were unavailable for comment The Comal County Emergency Communications Club was expected to remain at the scene of the coal spill through the Williams said there was no clanger of any kind of adding that the coal could be cleaned up fairly He said it was fortunate that the coal did not catch Coal for San Antonio passes through New Braunfels on its trip from Once in San the coal is used to generate electrici ty for the Seven railroad cars lay on their side Saturday afternoon following an accident behind Mission Valley Mills Photo Deryl Clark DA Seeks tO indict New Braunfels in collision death Pending legislation would prohibit children from riding in truck beds HeraldZeituna Sunday Four 42 Pages 91 4r By DAVID MAY Staff Writer District Attorney William Schroeder will seek an indictment later this month against a Killeen woman who killed a 19yearold man when her car slammed into the rear of a pickup parked on the shoulder of Interstate 35 April Rosa Lee whose blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was registered at more than twice the amount con sidered to be legally will face trial on third degree felony involun tary manslaughter charges should a Comal County grand jury return an indictment during their May 20 con Dickersons vehicle slammed into the pickup carrying 10 in cluding Jenaro of Austin who died shortly after the Gonzalez and two other youth were in the bed of the A 12yearold girl received injuries when she was thrown from the back of the truck upon impact and ended up underneath the The investigation by Department of Public Safety troppers was very and I think we can proceed with Schroeder A third degree felony can be punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine not to exceed According to DPS Trooper Lin the truck had been parked on the side of the highway just south of FM The owners of the pickup had come to the aid of relatives from Austin who had a flat Unable to repair the tire and with darkness fall the group piled into the truck and were preparing to pull away when May 1987 50 Cents struck by Dickersons According to DPS Dicker son never applied her brakes before hitting the legislation is pending before the Texas Senate which would make it illegal to carry persons 12 yearsold and younger in the back of a pickup or flat bed Senate Bill sponsored by Frank DSan has been reported on favorably out of the state affairs commission and is on the floor of the senate for Two similar house bills have been referred to DPS statistics reveal from 1984 to 78 persons were killed while riding in the rear of a pickup without a camper or In the same more than people received injuries while in the bed of an open Department officials said a child riding in the bed of a truck is twice as likely to be killed in an SB 353 would prohibit transporting minors in the bed of an open pickup or flat bed trailer on roads with speed limits in excess of 30 Tejeda has introduced similar legislation previously as a state though His previous bills did not address the 30 speed limititation and received heavy opposition from farmers and farm Tejedas legislative aid Alice Beard said the current proposition is receiving support from Parent Teacher Association The two similar bills pending in the House are HB authored by Gregory DSan and HB written The Flood of 72 Although some flood control measures are now in place that werent 15 years the potential remains for another devastating Some homes ac tually are more floodprone r By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Memories of tragedy and horror caused by a devastating flood that swept through New Braunfels on May live vividly in the minds of local Sixteen inches of rain within a four hour period swelled the Guadalupe River to 37 feet near Mission Valley The that was said to have left as fast as it took with it the lives of 18 people including a baby and two children and left more than million in More than people were forced out of their Hundreds were left For the night was one of heroism and bravery as the National Guard and hundreds of others swarmed to rescue those trapped by raising water and help those left Herb Comal Countys civil defense said what started as a simple thunderstorm turned to tragedy almost immediate When high winds began causing Syring called the police department to determine how serious the storm He discovered the police department was swamped because of telephone and elec trical was When we got to the police depart it was They were trying to answer calls but it was impossible oo many calls were com ing Because of telephone an emergency operations center was set up in the City Hall using one crude radio transmitter for communica The first report of death came in about 1 11 was caused by a heart during the more and more reports of death came Syring stayed at the city hall for 29 hours without sleep until the emergency Stanley New Braunfels mayor in rode out the flood at his He said by the time emergency conditions he couldnt reach city The Wood ward like many others hat were left was turned in to a makeshift shelter for victims of the We had people to stay with us who wandered out of the Landai Estates and needed a dry place ot he Everyone pitched in and did a great job of help ing Woodward Recovering from the flood was a mammoth the former mayor The main thing we had was find the he We had to get the Red Cross in here to help people find home if their homes were President Richard Nixon authoriz ed federal assistance for New Braunfels as the city was declared a disaster State and federal assistance helped residents rebuild their homes and repair flood See Page2A Over manager agreement City council closing doors New Braunfels City Councij will meet in regular session Monday night beginning at in New Braunfels Utilities meeting Preceding regular business will be aii executive session with council to discuss with City Manager Joe Michie his letter of agreement signed by two previous Action con cerning the memorandum will be undertaken during regular Agenda for the regular meeting reads as follows Consider accepting resignation of Craig Hflllmig from the Rivers Ad vispry Board and appointing 3 replacement for the term ending TConsider appointing three members to the Planning and Boning Cpffimission for terms ending May T Consider appointing two regular members god twp Alternate meters to tee wms teard of ad fpr terms endJng Way Cpnsidsr appointing one j1 to the apjud of 4d tor m im two sisw Board Michie PuWic hearing regarding pro posed revisions to the zoning or dinance of the Consider second reading of m ordnance gracing a special use per mit to the owners of interstate 35 W to alipw for ttoe storage of wrecfc ed and or Consider first reajtag go or and MM digffcjs pyfrnJipg any futile zpfle cjjajtge aM jed property injs 4hg c ity tot a contract with JDK Construction for the construction of the Central Fire Station l and authorizing the city manager to sign contractural Consider a resolution approving a contract with Wunderiich Builders for the construction of County Line Fire Substation on County Line Road and authorizing the city manager to sign contractural Consider a resolution authoriz ing the employment of Freese and Nichols for the preparation of a watershed management program and authorizing the city manager or bis designee to sign contracts and related Consider action to be taken regarding the city managers letter of agreement Consider resetting the May 25 council Consider the lass Comal Ap praisal District proposed Contractors Consider approving the expen report for tfce peirod Left to state Warden Charles Canyon Lake Warden Bob Wofford and state Warden Kirby 11 legal trot traps confiscated Consider approving the report of tax for April City CojifficU City State game wardens have retrieved more than two miles of illegal trot lines and two fish traps from Canyon Lake after some 16 hours of searching and said they have only just State law states that such lines must be tagged with the name and address of the owner and state the date on which it was placed in the Those found in violation of the law are subject to a Class C misdemeanor punishabie py a not to exceed The illegal lines were recovered in various coves between the mouth of the Guadalupe River and Crane Mills Park and will be according Glen district parks and wildlife supervisor from San Antonio along with local wardens Neel Robert Wofford and three other wardens from the San Antonio district spent 16 hours through Friday afternoon searching for the lines following numerous Not only are these against the but they can unsafe because skiers can fall into Ujeaj or they caii get wrapped around boat Felps By trot must he retag ged every ao Felps saW game wardens continue search around the lake next The feet of line represented some 70 separate lines AccordJag to wardens released several catfish brought up wyjj McKenna Memorial Hospital observes National Hospital Week and Texas Hospital May McKenna is the only general medical hospital in Comal County and offers some of the most up to date services and medical care McKenna staff have written a series of articles covering all the hospital from the admissions desk to the operating from radiology to Theres a lot more to your hospital than you might The first several in a series of stories about McKenna ap pear today on Page The series will continue through this The schedule of events includes Dorothy Overmans presentation on Osteoporosis at noon Wednesday in the hospital Osteoporosis is a disease causing bones to become fragile and affects one of every three women at some From to Wednesday is a Health Fair in the hospitals main lobby The fair includes tours of advanced technology depart ments such as laser and computerized physical therapy Free screening for oral disease and blood sugar levels are available as will displays on nutrition and organ Loddie Roeder will offer a class on sports injuries and rehabilitation at 4 Thursday in the Friday will see a presentation on Alzheimers Disease by JoAnna formerly of the National Board on Alzheimers and related The 5 presentation will be in the hospital classroom There will be a gorilla of sorts at Landa Street Car Wash May 1115 when the business at 790 Landa does an Appreciation Week The towns gone but the kids will like Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge 1425 will host a banquet honoring Past Masters of the Lodge at May 29 at the Lodge in Start Anyone in town should be able to direct you to the place since if you make it to Startzville at all youre practically Brian John of Com al County Sheriffs Department is the guest sunsmne anq more sun Thats the forecast for today The high will be in the mid 8Ps perfect for a dip in the riyer and winds will be from the southeast near 10 Tonight wUl bf iaitjy cloudy as tempiBratyjres ts the mid Monday will be a littte on the yucky side with mostly ciojjdy skies and a 30 percent The high will he in the mid
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