A truck filled with bombs destined for Vietnam was hit by a freight train Tuesday (March 21) in the small community of Dugger, Indiana.
LS Establisher of intersection
MS Pan to truck
CU Sign on truck: "Explosives"
MS 2 shots of overturned wheels of truck and train tracks
CU Bomb on ground
LS Damaged truck
MS Barber shop wall damaged
MS Crated bombs inside truck
MS 3 shots of bombs on ground
LS Train tracks and wreckage
CU Bomb on ground
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Background: A truck filled with bombs destined for Vietnam was hit by a freight train Tuesday (March 21) in the small community of Dugger, Indiana. The explosives scattered over an intersection and against nearby buildings, but none exploded and no one was injured.
At least 15 of the 84 bombs on the big trailer truck were scattered on the ground. The others remained in the front two-thirds of the trailer.
The four-foot bombs, each capable of levelling an entire city block, were full of explosives and had fuses but did not contain detonators necessary to produce an explosion under normal circumstances. The crash hardly resulted in normal circumstances, however, as one of the 500-pound bombs soared 40 feet through the air and smashed into the rear of a barber shop. Another bounced against the engine of the 12-car freight train.
The truck driver said he pulled to a stop at the crossing in the center of Dugger, a town of 1,000 in southern Indiana. He said he heard a whistle but saw no train so proceeded across the tracks only to get stuck. Authorities said the train apparently was obscured from his vision by a bend in the tracks south of the intersection, which has no flashing signal.
The truck was en route from Crane Naval Depot near Dugger to Bangor, Washington, on the west coast and from there to Vietnam. Demolition experts from the ammunition depot supervised the loading of the bombs onto another truck for return to the depot for inspection before being shipped out again.