Researchers study effects from 2005 SC derailment

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Researchers are hoping they'll get a chance to study the lung capacity of Graniteville residents eight years after a devastating train wreck. 

The Aiken Standard reports (http://bit.ly/Um9bFT) that a health fair is planned for Saturday at the Masonic Shopping Center. 

On Jan. 6, 2005, a Norfolk Southern train car carrying chlorine derailed and ruptured, releasing a cloud of the poisonous gas over the mill town. Nine people died, and scores of others have needed hospitalization or treatment as a result of the gas. 

Researchers have been studying Graniteville residents ever since. Several other health fairs have been held, and a center sponsored by the National Institute of Health has been doing ongoing studies on the chlorine gas effects. 

Last Saturday, a memorial service was held to remember those who died. 

 

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