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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 96 42 pages in 5 sections April 2 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Smithson Valley baseball falls to Canyon Friday night Get the complete Noting music The love of music brings the Comal Community Band together once a week to practice and often to play for the public Leam how to become part of Dont forget Spring forward Be sure to set your clocks and watches forward one hour at 2 Sunday April 2 WEATHER Rain chances continue to be high for the remainder of the weekend Flash flood watches were issued for Saturday night and today For the com plete forecast see 2A INDEX Week Railroad collision Four hospitalized in accident near Garden Ridge K JESSIE Schertz Area Fire Emergency Services continue cooling the blaze caused when an 18wheel truck and train collided Friday afternoon in the 9000 block of Doerr Lane Officials said they had not before experienced an accident at that particular crossing BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer SCHERTZ A Union Pacific train and an 18wheel truck collided here after the truck stopped on railroad tracks in the 9000 block of Doerr Lane Friday afternoon The incident sent thetrucks driver and passenger by Airlife to University Hospital in San Antonio and two others were taken by Schertz Area Fire Emergency Services to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio The occupants of the truck 58yearold Seguin resi dent Tommy Kirkland and his wife 51yearold Cynthia Kirkland were taken to University Hospital They were reported to be in stable condition Saturday afternoon The engineer and conductor both men in their 30s were taken to BAMC As of press time Saturday the identities and conditions of the two men had not been released A witness said the engineer and conductor jumped from the train before it struck the tractortrailer Schertz Police Officer John Correu said the truck was traveling north on Doerr Lane after dropping off a load at Intsel Southwest a steel construction company located next to the railroad tracks when it stopped on the tracks The couple was headed back to Seguin he said The truck was from Eastern Anderson Venture Transport in Seguin We are not sure why he Correu said The train hit the truck and drug it several The train was en route from Eagle Pass to Memphis Tenn Schertz Fire Marshal Glen Outlaw said the trains See Crossing tracks Texas has public highwayrail grade crossings the htohesj numbegn the nation There are also approximately private grade crossings in Texas This is a major reason why Texas had more crashes in 1998 than any other state Most crashes are preventable According to Railroad Commission data of the 322 crashes which occurred at highwayrail crossings in Texas in 1998 69 percent occurred in clear weather 72 percent involved train speeds of less than 39 mph 69 percent happened during daylighthours 44 percent occurred at crossings with active warning signals flashing lights and 28 percent involved vehicles stopped stalled or trapped in traffic on the crossing A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a vehicletrain collision than any other type of highway crash Every 115 minutes a pedestrian or is a train in the United States A car traveling 55 mph needs approximately 200 feet to stop but the average freight train traveling 55 mph heeds a mile or more to stop A mile is equal to about 18 football fields Source Commission on Texas Railroads Health key in clean air fight BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer With another sweltering Central Texas summer around the corner residents will have another foe to sweat besides the heat Warmer days also mean ozone levels can fluctuate to dangerous ly high levels and the Alamo Area Council of Governments wants people to understand the real cost of air quality problems is the health of individuals AACOG kicked off its Air Quality Health Alert Season which runs from April until the end of October during a press conference Friday morning in San Antonio If Air Quality Health Alert for merly known as Ozone Action Days does not ring a bell AACOG officials hope it should at least sound the alarms of local residents The new campaign plans to re route residents focus from the financial impacts of dirty air to the health risks posed by the most widespread air pollution problem AACOG Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee members area county judges commissioners and mayors met at 10 at St Phillips College 1801 Martin Luther King Drive to discuss air quality health concerns and simple pre ventative measures residents could take to clean up the air Things we do everyday affect our said Boerne mayor Patrick Heath Refueling dri ving cutting the lawn these are the things that pollute our Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin a member of the committee who spoke at the con ference said he wholeheartedly supported the new campaign The issue is our individual health and thats what this is Millikin said During 1999 the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area WHATS UP Early voting in the Republican primary runoff election between Comal County Pet 4 consta ble candidates Ben Scroggin and Star Carey will run 8 to Monday through Friday at the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguln Ave Constable candidates prepare for runoffs BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County Pet 4 constable candidates Ben Scroggin and J Ronald Star Carey are hitting the campaign trail to get voters back out to the polls April 11 for a tight Republican itnoff primary race Carey a former military police officer and Scroggin a retired senior Army officer were the top votegetters in a fiveway primary race March 14 The winner of the runoff election will face Democratic challenger Jim Sutton in the Nov 7 gen eral election Pet 4 constable Ed Mullins did not file for reelec tion The Pet 4 constable position represents the Canyon Lake area Early voting in the Republican runoff election for the Pet 4 constable position starts 8 Monday at the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave Early voting runs 8 to through Friday at the courthouse Election day voting will take place April 11 at Hardfought battle Tht on the Scoreboard went out early Friday night just as the of thj Ringsirettee dimmed Halfback Tomml Parsons Injured lite in the dW mil take the easy
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