The site-specific threats are one thing, but that’s like trying to keep watch on a tame campfire when there are fireworks shooting through the woods.
Hazardous materials roll up and down Interstate 45 at all hours of the day going 75 miles an hour, and multiple ribbons of railroads bring whole tankers full of hazardous materials into the heart of the city and through neighborhoods both affluent and poor.
“When you look at Corsicana, the railroad lines and highways, all the things that come through this community day or night, it’s just fortunate we haven’t had more incidents than we have,” said Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan. “But this is daily life and people don’t think about it until something happens.”
“This is a major crossroads,” he said of Corsicana. “People focus on the fertilizer plants but much greater hazards are on the railroads and interstate.”
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