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October 14, 1985

Workers plugged a leak in a derailed railroad car from which lethal ammonia gas had seeped since the day before, and authorities ended an evacuation that had forced 350 people from their homes in a sparsely populated area west of Lake City, Fla. Chemical experts pumped the anhydrous ammonia from the tanker, which derailed along with 37 other cars of a 144-car Seaboard System Railroad train. Railroad spokesman Mark Sullivan said the accident probably was due to equipment failure. No injuries were reported.

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