The Eugene Fire Department deployed 23 people for five hours to respond to a â€œsmall leakâ€ of hydrochloric acid gas from a railroad tank car last night.
The city responded in moon suits and evacuated Union Pacific employees from the rail yard off the Northwest Expressway. But the city didnâ€™t evacuate the neighborhood next to the accident.
To get money for new offices, the city is now trumpeting the chance of a few police cars getting trapped under City Hall in an earthquake. But a far more dangerous and likely hazard may be a toxic train derailment.
In 1982 a chemical car derailment forced the evacuation of Livingston, Louisiana. The chemicals burned and exploded for two weeks and were only controlled after digging a huge pit and blowing the rail cars up.
Imagine this next to the 5th Street Market or in the Whiteaker or Trainsong neighborhoods: