Originally created 03/12/06

Sheriff's office tells of Graniteville crash



Within minutes of the disaster, officials knew that last year's train wreck and chlorine spill in Graniteville would have a significant place in Aiken County's history.

Still, it took six months for an electronic book on the deadly train crash, derailment and spill to be completed.

Graniteville Train Derailment now is on the Aiken County Sheriff's Office's Web site, complete with photos and with audio and video files.

"It's just an effort to chronicle what has become Aiken County history," said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Michael Frank, who compiled the book.

The sheriff's office unveiled the book on its site, www.aikencountysheriff.org, several days ago.

Included in the book are 15 minutes of footage from television coverage of the crash, 911 calls and radio transmissions by responding rescue agencies.

"People are just beginning to find out about it," Lt. Frank said. "It's something that people will need to take some time with and look at."

On Jan. 6, 2005, a Norfolk Southern train crashed into another in Graniteville, spilling chlorine and forcing an evacuation. Nine people died and hundreds more were injured from the spill.

Hundreds of rescue workers from federal, state and local agencies responded.

Lt. Frank said the book was created with eProgeny multimedia software and was produced by the sheriff's office and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"A lot of the photographs came from individuals from within the public safety community," he said.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.