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The Nation

A trailer carrying 3,000 gallons of deadly methyl isocyanate cracked on one side near Morgantown, W. Va., nearly separating from the truck carrying it to New York, but none spilled, officials said. A shower of sparks followed the truck when metal began scraping the ground after the 14-inch crack opened, officials said. The driver, however, was able to stop the truck, and workers transferred the 30,000-pound chemical tank to another truck sent from a Union Carbide Corp. plant in Institute, W. Va, where the methyl isocyanate was manufactured.


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