A hazardous chemical spills from an over-turned tanker truck.
We'll tell you how it happened, assess the impact on the Fork Mountain
community, take you back to the scene of the wreck for a LIVE update on the
situation and talk to elementary school children affected by the accident.
We'll also give you a demonstration of the "stop stick" a new method of
stopping fleeing motorists- -withOUT the high-speed chase.
Tonight in sports, the defending national champion is upset on the diamond in
Salem, the Avalanche returns home tonight.
And there has been another tragedy on the track today as Scott Brayton was
killed during a practice run at Indianapolis.
Hello weekend, hello summer. Hazy sunshine and 90's for the cities. Keep
the sunblock handy.
It happened again... the same place, almost exactly the same story.
A chemical tanker truck takes a curve too fast and overturns on route 220.
Take Live Shot
This is all that's left of the mess now- -traffic back to normal, nearly
nine hours after the Nichols Transport rig wrecked and started leaking.
wipe wipe wipe
Shortly after noon, hazardous materials crews started arriving from
Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem to help state and Franklin County officials
deal with the mess.
SUPER=04-October 14, 1995
It was nowhere near as spectacular as the fiery wreck last Fall.
In a way, though, THAT one was easier to deal with.
IN Q=Overall if you have
SUPER=01-Benny Russell/Franklin Co. Emergency Services; :02
SUPER=01-1st Sgt Bobby Ratliff/Virginia State Police; :23
SUPER=01-Wesley Brown/Fork Mountain Resident; :46
SUPER=01-Linda Faye Matone- -67-hundred gallons of it- -that had
Several thousand gallons of E-M-K got into a small stream below Harriet and
Wesley Brown's place.
IN Q=I know there's
OUT Q=wells and things.
Everyone within half a mile was evacuated, including school bus driver
Linda Faye Mason. She lives on the hill next door to the Browns
It's especially difficult for her when she's called upon to evacuate the
local elementary school, then has no place to go herself.
IN Q=So, its a problem
OUT Q=straightened out.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jay/Microwave
Jay Moore joins us now from near the accident scene with an update.
Live= Jay Full/Microwave
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(Rollcue:done to insure safety )
IN Q=Nat sot cars
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Beatty/V-DOT Resident Engineer; :16
OUT Q=look at several things
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Double Boxes=Keith and Jay/Microwave
Residents living near the accident scene were not the only ones nervous
about today's chemical spill along route 220-
IN Q=Did you hear (Stacey's question)
((DID YOU HEAR THAT THE GAS WAS POISONOUS? YES. WHAT DID YOU THINK THAT MIGHT
DO TO YOU? IT COULD POISON ME AND MY LUNGS)).
OUT Q=and my lungs
SUPER=04-Henry Elementary School;
Officials evacuated students at Henry Elementary School and took them to
Ferrum Elementary to finish-out the school day.
This was the second time this school year Henry Elementary had to use its
SUPER=04-Ferrum Elementary School;
Teachers wasted little time adjusting to the move...math lessons and
spelling bees continued as planned.
One teacher even had time to rehearse a song students plan to sing at their
school's openhouse this Sunday.
The students were held at Ferrum until three this afternoon then taken home
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Another chemical spill today was not as serious--
This one on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.
Hazardous materials workers at the scene found a ruptured bottle containing
a foaming agent, NOT, as first feared, the toxic chemical Methol Bromide.
IN Q=it's a natural foaming
((DAVID NUTTER/VIRGINIA TECH PUBLIC AFFAIRS: IT'S A NATURAL FOAMING AGENT BUT
THE CANISTER IT WAS IN APPARENTLY HAD RUPTURED AND IT WAS SPILLING OUT AND IT
CREATED A WETNESS AREA AROUND THE OTHER CANS-CREATED THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY
SUPER=01-David Nutter/Virginia Tech Public Affairs
OUT Q=they were leaking.
The mishap forced about 75 people to temporarily evacuate the Forestry and
Wildlife Resources building.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
A final tribute to the Vinton native who died during military exercises at
and State Police are armed with a new weapon for slowing down those who try
to speed away... We'll show you.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A military exercise in North Carolina claimed the life of Marine Corporal
Britt Stacey a week ago.
Today in Roanoke, his family and friends, and the soldiers with whom he
served, buried him with full military honors.
Stacey was one of 14 men who died when two helicopters collided at Camp
Today, fellow marines carried his casket to the gravesite and they
remembered him as an outstanding soldier and a caring husband.
IN Q=OPENS WITH NAT SOUND OF TAPS
((MASTER SGT. HARRY BLAINE/U.S. MARINE CORPS: HE WAS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS
WIFE. VERY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS JOB, BUT ALSO GOOD ENOUGH HUMORED AND A GOOD
ENOUGH NATURED MAN THAT HE ALWAYS PUT THE OTHER PERSON FIRST. AND THAT'S THE
THING THAT STANDS OUT.))
SUPER=01-Master Sgt. Harry Blaine/U.S. Marine Corps;
OUT Q=and that's the thing that stands out.
A native of Vinton, and a 1989 graduate of William Byrd High School, Britt
Stacey had served in the Marines for four years. He was 26 years old.
Eric Thompson is ending his independent bid for the 5th district seat in
Thompson says the demands of his job have made it impossible to gather the
signatures he needs to get his name on the ballot.
He originally planned to run as a Republican, but withdrew from the
nominating process in March because of a two- thousand dollar fee the G- O- P
Thompson says he won't endorse any of the other announced candidates in the
5th district race.
An Amherst County jury has to decide tonight whether a Mexican migrant
worker acted in self-defense when he killed another man last winter.
27-year-old Juan Jose Ochoa admits he shot Jesus Mendoza during a
confrontation the night of February 19th.
The defense today tried to paint Mendoza as a violent and dangerous man, and
Ochoa says he feared for his life.
Prosecutors maintain Ochoa brought a gun to the trailer park that night
intending to kill Mendoza.
The victim was shot five times with an AK-47 assault rife.
The jury has had the case for about 90 minutes now.
A Roanoke man was stabbed to death... apparently over a debt.
Last night, 40- year- old Thomas Spivey was discovered face down in the
hallway of his Patterson Avenue home.
Police arrested a woman who lived with him... 41- year- old Joyce Ann
Officials say the woman admitted to the crime... and police believe the
incident took place after an argument over money.
Spivey had been wanted by New Jersey authorities for parole violation.
A Craig County man is facing charges of child molestation.
According to court documents, he's charged with two counts of raping a
juvenile... along with other sex crimes.
The acts allegedly took place between 1993 and 1995.
Sheriff Billy McPherson believed the man and the juvenile were related.
Meanwhile, officials at the Department of Social Services would not comment
on the case.
The suspect is being held in the BOTETOURT County jail on 55- thousand
A Roanoke company has won a major construction contract.
VO-NAT FILE FROM 96-32 TOT 26:30
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 1;
J-M Turner has been selected to build the multi- million dollar R-R
The book printing facility will be located in the Valley TechPark in Roanoke
Construction will begin immediately.
Donnelley wants to have the plant up and running by next May.
It expects to have 312 employees by 1999.
Another Roanoke company, Hayes, Seay, Mattern, and Mattern, will work on the
design for the building.
The largest sector of the business community is actually made up of SMALL
In fact, the Small Business Administration says 97-percent of all companies
have 100 or fewer employees.
And today The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized the cream of
Organizers say attendance at the annual small business awards luncheon grows
Small companies have a significant impact on the local economy.
Officials say that's why creating a nurturing environment for small business
owners is important.
IN Q=wE have so many
((HOPE PLAYER/SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR: WE HAVE SO MANY SMALL
BUSINESSES THAT ARE HERE. THE MORE BUSINESSES WE CAN HELP MAKE IT TO BECOME A
MAJOR CORPORATE CITIZENS THEN THE MORE ADVANTAGES WE HAVE FROM AN ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT STAND POINT IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Hope Player/Small Bus. Advocate of The Year;
OUT Q=AND SURROUNDING AREAS
This is the 10th year the Regional Chamber of Commerce has hosted the awards
The stock market finished the week with a sharp gain. The Dow jumped 52 and
a half points, closing at 56 hundred 87. NASDAQ was up two and a half points.
A group of environmentalists is urging Montgomery County Supervisors to deny
V-DOT's bid to condemn conservation land for the smart highway.
The highway department recently submitted answers to 92 questions board
members raised about the project.
The environmentalists have submitted their own 22-page response, urging
supervisors to consider the precedent their decision could set statewide.
((RICHARD ROTH/NRV ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: IT SEEMS TO ME THIS IS REALLY A
QUESTION OF JUST FOLLOWING THE LAW, THAT'S ALL THE BOARD HAS TO DO. THEY DON'T
HAVE TO VOTE ON WHETHER THEY LIKE SMART ROAD RESEARCH OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF FOLLOWING THE LAW. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Roth/NRV Environmental Coalition;
OUT Q= following the law. (2nd reference)
This is the first time a state agency in Virginia has sought to condemn land
in a conservation district.
The smart highway would link Blacksburg to I-81 and provide a testbed for
intelligent vehicle research.
State police are now using a new device which can stop speeding drivers,
literally, in their tracks.
Officers say if such a "stop stick" had been available during this high speed
chase from Bedford to Roanoke County in March, the resulting crash may not have
The device can be deployed in thirty seconds and is said to be safer than any
other method officers would use to stop a chase.
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IN Q=The stop stick
((TROOPER DARRELL BOWLING/STATE POLICE: THE STOP STICK IS OFFICER FRIENDLY. IT
DOESN'T CAUSE INJURY TO THE OFFICER. OTHER DEVICES ARE SHARP AND CAN CAUSE
INJURY AS HE'S PUTTING THEM OUT OR GETTING THEM UP. ))
SUPER=01-Trooper Darrell Bowling/State Police;
OUT Q=getting them up.
The punctured tires will slowly deflate so there are no blow outs.
The stop stick is currently being tested by the Norfolk and Salem State Police
divisions. So far, it has safely stopped one high speed chase in the Norfolk
Coming up tonight in sports, Scott Brayton is killed during a crash at Indy,
their was a big upset in the women's softball championships in Salem.
And the folks at Salem Memorial stadium are getting ready for the Southern
Division leading Durham Bulls who are in town for three games starting tonight.
Tragedy on the track again, and this time the victim is the man who just six
days ago won the pole for the upcoming Indianapolis 500.
37 year old Scott Brayton
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
lost control of his car and hit the outside wall extremely hard, flush on the
left hand side of his Lola during a practice session.
The accident happened at 1:17 eastern time and Brayton was knocked
unconscious in the wreck
Speculation is that his helmet hit the wall.
Medical officials rushed Brayton to Methodist hospital, but he was pronounced
dead at 1:50 eastern time.
Track officials confirmed his death at 5 o'clock.
Brayton is the 40th driver to die at Indianapolis. He is survived by his wife
and two and a half year old daughter.
The lights will be on tonight in Charlotte as the Winston Cup cars qualify
for tomorrow night's Winston Select and Winston Open all-star races.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
And after time trials are over, the IROC series will run its first ever night
race at Charlotte in identically prepared Firebirds.
Indy & CART king Al Unser Jr. beat the the Winston Cup boys at Talladega last
month, and he knows he'll be in the hot seat tonight.
IN Q="Racing under...
((AL UNSER, JR./IROC COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Al Unser, Jr./IROC Competitor; :00
OUT Q=...THIS WEEKEND."
The Simpson Storm won a one run game last night and this afternoon the
Storm knocked off the top seeded Panthers of Chapman 2 to 1.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Panthers vs Storm; :00
SUPER=01-Chrissy Mathews/Hit Two Run Homer; :29
SUPER=01-Henry Christowski/Storm Head Coach; :46
OUT Q= ....news 7 sports.
In the second game, Trenton State beat Allegheny 1 to nothing.
The NCAA division three baseball tournament will be in Salem next week, and
city officials would like nothing better than for Ferrum to make it into the
This afternoon in the south regionals in Fayetteville, North Carolina the
Panthers took the first step in the at direction as they came from 3 runs down
to beat Emory University 4-to-3 in 11 innings.
They play again tomorrow morning at 11.
The Avalanche returns home tonight for the first time in a week to begin a
three game homestand against the Durham Bulls.
Heavy rains over the last couple of days have taken a toll on Salem
Memorial Stadium forcing some extra work for the field crew.
The Avalanche took batting practice inside in order to give the field a
rest before this evening's 7 pm game.
Salem will need those bat against the Southern Division leading Bulls,
especially after a tough road swing.
IN Q=The hitters
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=....compete with these guys"
If you went to bed early last night you missed an unbelievable finish to the
western conference semi-final between the Blues and Red Wings.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Blues vs. Red Wings; :00
It was game seven at Joe Louis Arena with the Winner advanced to meet the
Avalanche and loser going home.
They played 60 minutes of regulation and a 20 minute overtime, but no one was
from either side was able to get the puck the two goalies.
The Blues Jon Casey and Detroit's Chris Osgood were outstanding.
Finally, just 75 seconds into the second overtime, Detroit's Steve Yzerman
fired one from the Blue line and gave the Red Wings az 2-to-1 win.
IN Q="I don't...
((STEVE YZERMAN/SCORED GAME WINNER LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Steve Yzerman/Scored Game Winner Last Night; :00
OUT Q=...IT WENT IN.
16 local artists have painted their views of Smith Mountain Lake for the
"Visions of Smith Mountain Lake" art show at Bridgewater Plaza.
The show includes pastels, oils, and folk art... all somehow tied to life at
IN Q=They're going to see
((CAROL SWAIN/THE LITTLE GALLERY: THEY'RE GOING TO SEE BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS OF
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE A THAT WE'VE ASKED THE VERY BEST AREA ARTISTS TO DO.
THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE. THE LAKE IN PAINTINGS AND WE HAVE SOME VERY
BEAUTIFUL ONES. ))
((DIANE JOHNSON/ARTIST: I WOULD ENJOY COMING TO A SHOW OF THIS TYPE BECAUSE
YOU SEE HOW DIFFERENT ARTISTS HAVE INTERPRETED THE LAKE WHETHER IT'S A SUNSET
OR SUNRISE OR REGATTA AND GET AN OVERALL VIEW OF HOW IT'S PERCEIVED BY OTHER
SUPER=01-Carol Swain/The Little Gallery; :00
SUPER=01-Diane Johnson/Artist; :17
OUT Q=by other people
The show starts Sunday at the Little Gallery and the art will remain on
display through June.