Carl Junction, MO Freight Cars Explode, Jan 1961


Carl Junction, Mo. (AP) -- The torn, twisted, scattered hulks of 28 freight cars continued to burn themselves out today following a New Year's Eve derailment.
Intense heat from inflammables and explosions forced fire-fighters back a half-mile from the wreckage, which blocked the Kansas City Southern
main line near Asbury, a small community eight miles northwest of Carl Junction.
Three nearby homes were evacuated, and traffic on M171 which parallels the railroad tracks was stopped. Main line trains were being re-routed over the Frisco from Pittsburg, Kan., to Joplin.
The rest of the 115-car northbound freight was pulled away from the stretch of track.
Two tank cars loaded with propane exploded, and the decision was made to let the fire burn itself out.
Force of the explosions was felt as far away as Joplin, 20 miles to the south. Smoke from the burning chemicals and petroleum products could be seen for miles Sunday.
Authorities, fearing toxic fumes, asked sightseers to stay away.

Great Bend Daily Tribune Kansas 1961-01-02