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Collapsed Bridge Repaired, Trains Roll Again

September 20, 1985

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ Workers on Thursday finished repairing a 530-foot bridge that collapsed when a Southern Pacific train derailed, sending tankers loaded with sulfuric acid to the banks of the Medina River below.

The first train rolled over the repaired track at 1:55 p.m., four and a half days after the derailment, said Doug Dupre, a Southern Pacific spokesman.

About 50,000 gallons of the highly corrosive acid spilled into the river, killing thousands of fish after 21 tankers crashed 50 feet to the riverbank below.

The next task will be to pump the remaining sulfuric acid out of the damaged tanks, which are still on the riverbanks, he said.

An earthen dike was constructed around the tanks to contain any spillage, he said.

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