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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 26, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICI 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut Hirrln 212 N lith Voluma 82No 481 Oe a Copy 010175 M LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 78 ILL 62525 IwcnwrtoOrbondilt fm frttt Hirrln Dally Jwrnil In TUESDAY FEBRUARY 241974 CflrbandalaHarrinMurphysbari Fire explosion follow derailment Part of wreckaga Itft by dtrailment of 30 railroad cars near Benton Photo by Jack Grlggs By Don Frost Of The Southern IHinoisan Two cars containing chemi cals exploded and burned fier cely after 30 cars of a 140car Illinois Central Gulf freight train derailed about 10 miles east of Betaton at 10 pm Monday The chemical fire sent off toxic vapors prompting of ficials to seal off a quarter mile area around the scene Benton Assistant Fire Chief John Smith said flames shot more than 200 feet in the air Damage estimates ranged from to million No injuries were reported Smith saidpersons from as far as 30 miles away came to the scene after seeing the explosion The 47th car which contain ed a chemical solvent called butylactylate apparently was the first to derail It set off a reaction which derailed 29 cars behind it Two railroad cars were loaded with 30 new Chevrolet cars and more than half of them appeared to have been destroyed The cars at the end of the train did not derail allowing the conductor and brakeman in the caboose to escape unharm ed The engineer and at the front of the train were the only other crewmen said James Johnson Illinois Cen tral Gulf Railroad division su perintendent at Carbondale Johnson said the cause of the derailment is unknown Railroad officials today were at the scene investigat ing The derailment occurred in from the hearestroadT Smith said firemen could not get firefighting equipment neat the scene vapors officials seal off quartermile area east of Benton He said an attempt was made but the fire truck be came stuck in mild The car containing the sol vent apparently exploded first causing a second explosion when a car containing naph tha ignited Smith said He said the fire burned for more than two hours before the flames began to subside Damage was limited to the railroad cars tracks and trees and shrubs on both sides of the tracks Smith said the train wreck occurred not more than50 yards from the site of a derail ment aboutseven years ago The tracks in the area are flat with no curves or hflls The train was northbound from Memphis to Chicago a railroad spokesman said One of the cars contained a chlorinebased chemical which is toxic Smith said He said a onequarter mile area was blocked off for four hours but no one was eva cuated The nearest home is about a quarter mile from the wreck Susan Browning who livtes about a halfmile west of the scene said she was brushing her teeth when she thought she heard an explosion but the televisionset did notpay atten tiori But then she heard a second explosion Mrs Browning said and she went to the window and saw the fireball Her first thought she said was that the explosion might be a gas line and she called the Franklin County sheriffs office They told her a train had derailed I was watchng television All on ICG at the time Betsy Watson another area resident said i At first I thought the train was going faster than it norm ally traveled because it was awfully loud I didnt give it much thought after that until two neighbor men stopped by and toldme to call the sheriff to tell him there was a train wreck AfterI did that I looked out my window and saw tha fire It was frightening Johnson said it will be week before officials might know what caused the derail ment Officials at the scene said they expect the tracks to clear by 4 pm today Area has derails in 14 months At least 10 derailments have occurred since January 1973 on toe Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Southern Illinois On Jan 21 1973 three cars loaded with coal were derail ed in the yards north of Car bondale Five railroad cars carrying automobiles left the tracks three miles south of Edgewood on Feb 241973 A freight car loaded with 15 new automobiles and five freight cars loaded with wheat overturned May 14 in Moun tain Glen m Union County On June 23 a doaen cars containing automatic t ra n s mission fluid were derailed south of Makanda A derailment two miles north of Du Quoin on Aug 17 left 13 cars off the tracks and one tank car ruptured and leaking fuel in a dicth Four boxcars went off the tracks in the yards north of Carbondale Sept 5 On Dec 2 four men were killed when two Illinois Cen tral Gulf trains collided head on north of Cobden On Feb 11 a southbound train pulling 32 cars derailed just south of Makanda Eighteen of the 32 oars left the rails A railroad tanker filled with poisonous liquid wasderailed Feb 16 in Alexander County about onemile north the Illinois 3 and 127 intersection On Jan 22 there was a de railment near Odin expecf Rationing odds less Washington AP President Nixon has declared I do not expect to be im peached and repeated he will not resign in a wideranging news conference in which he also sadd the chances for gasoline rationing were less than 5050 Nixon discussed Watergate the energy crisis his income taxes and other subjects in a 38 minute news conference Monday night his first in four mon ths The President also disclosed that he had been asked to testify before a Watergate grand jury but respectfully declined to do so on constitutional grounds In other high points Nixon also laid He expects waiting lines at service stations to become shorter by spring and summer but said the price of gasoline is not going down until more sup plies of gasoline come into the country I of course will be glad to pay the tax if the SenateHouse committee on internal revenue taxation should decide that he should not have claimed a Analysis of President Nixons speech on page 7 deduction for the gift to the government of his vice presidential papers because documents bestowing them were not filed prior to repeal of a tax provision permitting such deductions The United States will pursue detente withthe Soviet Union and Nixon admires the course of exiled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn He said that in past years of confronta tion Solzhenitsyn rather than being exiled to Western Europe would have been sent to Siberia or probably worse I believe that we will bring inflation under control as the year goes on but I would not underestimate the problem We are going to continue to fight it He also said that efforts to arrange a Middle East peace could be hampered if the Arabs fail to end theirs oil embargo against the United States Bu he followed this up with thi assertion that he believed thi Arabs will lift the embargo Turning to gasoline rationing Nixon said there is a mucl better than even chance tha the country can avoid rationing and he gave the credit for this t conservation measures un dertaken by the American peo ple On Watergate Nixon was asked whether it might not be in the best interest of the country to have a full impeachment tria in the Senate The President responded tha it is his belief the House will no vote for impeachment pro ceedings and added I do not expect to Be impeached The first question put to him dealt with the extent to which he will cooperate in providing materials for the House Wofergafe prosecutors Nixon role in snooping by military investigated c New York Times Washington The Watergate special pro secution force has begun an in quiry into President Nixons handling of the military snoop Ing onthe White House in 1971 wellplaced sources say Investigators from the office of Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski have already been permitted to view the highly classified White House report on the spying compiled by David R Young Jr the sources said Monday and are planning to question Yeoman 1st Class Charles E Radford named as a central figure in the inci dent i The New York Times reported earlier that Nixon personally blocked the possible prosecution of Radford and one of his superior officers Rear Adm Robert 0 Welander for their role in the military snooping The President was quoted as having expressed the fear that any prosecutions would necessarily lead to the publica tion of national security secrets The Watergate prosecutors however are known to have tentatively concluded that the report compiled by Young then a codirector of the White House investigative unit known as the plumbers was as one of ficial put it not f so ex plosive It was explained that many of the general findings in the Young report had now been disclosed by newspapers and in recent hearings befpre the Senate Armed Services Com mittee with no apparent breach of national security Some members of the special Watergate force are known to suspect that themilitary snoop ing while a serious matter of internal security was in effect utilized byNixon last spring in an effort to prevent disclosure of the other plumber activities If so they say this could amount to obstruction of justice Judiciary Committee currently considering impeachment Saying such matters were under discussion between com mittee counsel andhis own chief Watergate counselJames D St Clair Nixon said I am prepared to cooperate with the committee in any way consistent with niy constitu tional responsibility to defend the office of the presidency against any action which would weaken that office and the ability of future presidents to carryout thegreat responsibilities that any presi dent will have Asked if he would at least provide the committee with roughly the same tapes and documents surrendered to Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski Nixon said that would depend on arrangements to protect their confidentiality and on whether they could be givento the committee without jeopardizing the rights of criminal defendants or interfer ing with the prosecution in ani t 1 c i p a t e d Watergaterelated trials Askedfor his own definition of an impeachable offense Nixon said St Clair is preparing a brief for the Judiciary Com mittee arguing that a criminal offense on the part of the presi dent is the requirement for the impeachment of the presi dent The committee staff last week released a study that concluded a president could be impeached for abuse of trust without at tually having committed z statutory crime A questioner asked if Nixbr might consider resigning shoulc it become evident that the Republican Party was going to suffer a disastrous defeat in the November elections No he replied in a quiet voice I want my party to suc ceed but more important I want the presidency to survive we have a lot of work left to do more than three years left to do it in and I am going to stay here until I get it done Mansfield disagrees that crisis is over Washington AP Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield disagreed today with PresidentNixons assertion that the energy situation no longer is a crisis Mansfield said he waited 35 minutes in a gasoline line and told newsmen The shortage remains and so does the crisis He called for immediate ration ing Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott said the Presidents remarks at Monday nights news conference stressed that the problem remains The greatest problem is to get more gasoline to the people and end the gas lines Scott said I think it is still serious The Federal Energy Office In an officiallysanctioned com ment on Nixons remarks siaid it is just a matter of semantics at this point whether there re mains an energy crisis or an energy problem The spokesman said the nation got through IJhe winter and we did not have a lot of brownouts nobody froze In that sense he said the President is probably right the crisis is over But were hot out of the woods yet Even in the event the Arab oil embargo ended we would still have shortages because demand has gone up State utility will seek coalgas unit Chicago AP Gov Daniel Walker said to day that the state and the Northern Illinois Gas Com pany are seeking federal mon ey for a proposed demonstra tion plant to turn coal into gas and liquid fuel Walker estimated the plant will cost million The fed eral Office of Coal Research has said it will fund half of the cost of one coal gasifica tion demonstration plant in the nation New York rations gasol me By the Associated Press A mandatory gasoline ration ing plan went into effect in New York today as motorists faced the endofthemonth fuel crunch and the prospect of higher prices at the pumps in the next few days Station owners in the New York metropolitan area said the plan seemed to be working unlike a voluntary program in effect earlier West Virginia coal miners who said they couldnt get enough gas to drive to work continued the strike that started Monday idling several thousand work ers Oil companies acting on orders from Gov Arch A Moore Jr began distributing an extra half million gallons of gasoline to the area which has long been hardest hit But the miners said service stations werent open long enough for tSiem to stock np Appellate court Four candidates not endorsed By Robert Sink LindsaySchaub Newspapers Senior Writer Four of 12 candidates for justices of the appellate court in the Fourth and Fifth Appellate Districts received not recom mended ratings in state bar association polls in those districts it was announced to day In the Fourth District two Democrat candidates were rated not recommended in a poll of 611 of their fellow lawyers The two are longtime State Sen Robert McCarthy of Decatur and attorney Thomas F Walsh of Lincoln In the Fifth District the sole Republican candidate Lehman Krause of Belleville and Democrat Von Allen Carlisle of Carlyle received the not recommended ratings from a majority of 362 lawyers poll ed Recommended candidates in the Fourth District are Democrats HaroldA Baker of Champaign and Circuit Judge Paul Wright of Danville All three Republicans in that district Circuit Judge Frederick S Green of Urbana Circuit Judge Richard Mills of Virginia and Danville attorney Albert Saikely also won apprvoal In the Fifth District recom mended ratings went to two Democrats Robert B Maucker of Alton and Circuit Judge Charles Jones of McLeansboro In the March 19 primary Fifth District Democrats will choose between Maucker Jones and Carlisle for the newly created appellate judgeship Krause is unopposed for the Republican nomination for the added judgeship The state bar did not poll the judges on the qualifications o Belleville attorney John M Karns Jr who is unopposed both for nomination and election to the vacancy on the Fifth District appellate court created two years ago when Justice Joseph Goldenhersh was elected to the state Supreme Court Index Tonight fair and warmer with lows 26 to 32 Wednes day mostly sunny and warm er 58 to 64 Classified Comics TV Bridga Crouword Family living Records Sports Youth 1114 15 4 6 14 MO 5 Schwartz disappointed1 Democratic lawyers back Richman in poll Associate Judge Robert Sch wartz candidate for the Demo cratic nomination for circuit court judge in Jackson County was hot recommended for that office by Democratic attorneys polled in the county Schwartz received an overall rating of recommended bas ed on votes from Republican and unaffiliated attorneys how ever His opponent incumbent Cir cuit Judge Richard E Richtnan received overall recommenda ions from Democratic Republi can and unaffiliated lawyers who responded to the poll con ducted by the Illinois State Bar Association committee on ju dicial advisory polls Its surprising to me and disappointing Schwartz said He noted that he received an overall recommendation Of 57 ballots mailed 35 were returned Responses came from 14 Democrats 16 Republicans and 5 unaffiliated Richman and Schwartz are opponents in the March 19 Dem ocratic primary The nominee will run Nov 5 to fill the unex pired term of Circuit Court Judge Peyton Kunce Kunce had been resident cir cuit court judge for Jackson County until he was elected in 1972 as judge for the circuit which covers nine counties The term for his post expires in 1978 The unopposed Republican candidate for the post C Rob ert Hall received an overall recommended rating basad on support from both parties and independents ;