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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Railroad tank car explodes New Texas December Page 9A ROUND Texas lAP A railroad tank car carrying liquid pro pane gas exploded after a derailment and was burning Saturday night three miles east of officials No injuries were but threemile radius around the acci dent site was evacuated as a precau tionary Hound Hock city secretaryJoanne Land More than people live in the hut she said she didnt know how many had actually left their homes Another tank oar was spewing an unidentified liquid chemical into a nearby ditch where the chemical was a hi a senior Hound Hock firefighter Pavid II Smith Although a tank car carrying vinyl chloride was near the Smith said it was not burning Karlier police reports indicated cars containing vinyl chloride were burning and emitting toxic gas creating a health hazard Smith said late Saturday officials did not believe the cloud of Miink spewing from was toxic Fewer than loo people evacuated trom nearln homes ping center and Travis County Sheriffs spokesman Iurti Weeks aid Of the Wear train oaiwere carrying ami 02n cars deraileti Weeks said Mmth said eight cars were carrying vinyl chloride and three were carrying li quid propane Because of the heal of the firefighters by early evening were unable to get close enough to the fire to begin efforts to extinguish Weeks Officials then decided to let the fire burn itself The explosions began after the 20 MissouriPacific Railroad tank cars derailed at the rural Williamson County site at Highway 79 about Hi miles north of Austin The derailment occurred at p Weeks said Law enforcement officials from the Hound Hock and Georgetown and the Texas Department of Public Safety helped block off the area Smith said hazardous materials ex perts from Fort Worth and petrochemical companies including Kxxon were being brought in to help svith the The possibility that any of the burn ing cars contain vinyl ehlonde burn ing was uf greatest concern to of Weeks said The one they are most worried is vinyl chloride Weeks because the gas formed bs the burn ing chemical is potentially lethal Liquid propane gas just burns up ignited and dots not emit toxic nines Weekaid Traffic was blocked in a threemile area around the derailment Patrolmans widow could face citation SAN ANTONIO AP The widow of a patrolman killed by a fellow officer could find herself behind bars if she fails to convince a federal judge she should not be required to answer certain questions before a grand Were one step out of the jail right Lea Smiths Jimmy said following a contemptofcourt hearing Friday before District Judge Hippo Gar The hearing was scheduled to determine if Smith was guilty of contempt when she refused to answer six questions before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting death of her Stephen by another patrolman Farrell After the closeddoor portion of the Garcia said Smith had agreed to answer four of the but continued to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination on the other The judge could have ruled her in contempt Friday and ordered her he scheduled a Monday meeting with Smith and her During the Smith will have a chance to explain why she believes the answers to the two questions could incriminate Garcia If she fails to convince the judge and then refuses to answer Garcia could order her Parks and Smiths other Stanley have said they are concern ed she may be a target in the lengthy federal in vestigation of circumstances surrounding her husbands death and a string of vigilante acts that occurred before he was During the open portion of Fridays Parks sought assurance from Garcia that a persons secondhand knowledge of a crime could not lead to a charge of misprison of a felony or accessory after the Misprison of a felony is when a person knows of a crime but fails to report it to At least during the open portion of the hear Parks did not receive the assurances he Parks also said some of the questions being posed before the federal grand jury had been answered by his client during an appearance before a state grand jury earlier this Such he led him to believe the federal government may be trying to get Smith to perjure Garcia denied three motions by Smiths One would have allowed the woman to review transcripts of her state grand jury testimony prior to answering more question before the federal grand jury Another motion would have protected her from being asked certain questions Alicia Gonzalez is pleased to announce the opening of her office for the practice of General Dentistry West New Braunfels 6254121 Saturday by only Walkins Welcome during normal business hours 8 CANTATA CAROL OF CHRISTMAS CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH December 20th AM 169 Hickory Refreshments Following Cantana Live Nativ i ty Scene I Christmas Childrens Padgent PM Christmas Service Schedule 24 Candlelite Service 25 Christmas AM Judge dismisses against man i who 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