DISASTERS: Overnight Parking

Most of the evening, Truck Driver George Rutherford paced nervously around his room in Roseburg, Ore.'s Umpqua Hotel. Once he walked the three blocks to the Gerretsen Building Supply Co. to look over the blue 1959 Ford truck he had parked on the street after a 290-mile drive from his home plant, Pacific Powder Co. of Tenino, Wash.. Cause for his worry: his cargo consisted of two tons of dynamite and 4½ tons of Car-Prill (a highly explosive mixture—ammonium nitrate and oil) that he was to deliver to customers at dawn. About 1 a.m.. back in his hotel, he heard...

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