Dynamic Dialogues Guest Lecture: Graniteville Train Wreck & Chlorine Disaster
Continuing the Road to Recovery
Aiken Technical College will host a presentation entitled “The Graniteville Train Wreck and Chlorine Disaster: The Continuing Road to Recovery” on Wednesday, March 6, as part of its Dynamic Dialogues guest lecture series.
The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the College’s amphitheater (700 Building). The event is free and open to the public.
On January 6, 2005, a freight train collided with a stationary train in Graniteville causing several cars to derail. Three of the derailed cars contained chlorine, and one was breached as a result of the collision. Nine people died and more than 550 were taken to local hospitals due to respiratory problems as a result of the incident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Guest presenters John E. Vena, Ph.D., with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and Anne Fulcher, community coordinator with the Graniteville Brownfield Project, will discuss the incident, its impact on the Graniteville community, and how the community continues to recover.
Vena is a professor and founding chair of the department of public health sciences at MUSC and has more than 35 years of experience in epidemiology and community-based participatory research.
Fulcher, in her role as community coordinator, has worked with community and business leaders and Graniteville residents to champion the community’s redevelopment.
Those interested in attending should register at http://bit.ly/2DZ1R22.