Los Angeles Public Library > Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection > Derailment causes evacuation of downtown Compton

Image / Derailment causes evacuation of downtown Compton

Have a question about this item? Contact Owner

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Title
Derailment causes evacuation of downtown Compton
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Mullen, Mike
Date Created and/or Issued
1986
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Photograph caption dated December 15, 1986 reads, "Five Southern Pacific railroad freight cars, two carrying highly explosive chemicals, derailed in Compton this morning, forcing the evacuation of a 12-block area around the Civic Center. Authorities said there were no injuries and expected the train wreck to be cleared by 8 this evening. Compton fire Capt. Nelson King said the trail derailed because of "mechanical failure" shortly before 7 a.m. near Compton Boulevard and Willowbrook Avenue. The potential danger forced the closure of the Civic Center, including the police station, city hall, post office, county court house and an adjacent shopping mall, authorities said. They were concerned about a train tank holding 30,000 gallons of butane and another tank with 200 to 1,000 gallons of ether."
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 32 cm. on sheet 29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00096110
Herald Examiner Collection
HE_b008_f5_i18
CARL0005107632
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/30149
Subject
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Railroad accidents--California--Compton
Railroad tracks--California--Compton
Railroad cars--California--Compton
Streets--California--Compton
Compton (Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

Explore related content on Calisphere: