Just about everyone in West Point has ran into what many would call the rockiest, most damaged railroad crossing in town that passes over East Morrow Street. The good news about that particular crossing is that it's now getting an entirely new makeover this week by Kansas City Southern and the city of West Point.
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You just wouldn't believe the magnitude of dangerous, hazardous materials that pass through West Point every single day by train, trucks and other means, said West Point Fire Chief Johnnie Littlefield. And at any time, though its chilling to imagine, those chemicals could be spilled or released into the air, causing a mass exposure to contaminants that could harm hundreds of people.
That's why it's crucial, Littlefield said, for local fire and rescue responders to be thoroughly trained in safely rescuing hazmats victims and mitigating chemical spills and chemical releases.