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Page 2-Tuesday, November 13, 1979-The Michigan Daily

Loss on,
vote puts
Begin govt.
in nvrghfiu

Minister Menachem Begin's gover-
nment lost a critical vote.in Parliament
yesterday on an abortion issue and
faced a crisis within its ranks as a small
religious party threatened to bolt the
coalition over the bill's defeat.
Begin appeared likely to retain a
majority in the 120-member Knesset
even if the four-man Agudat Israel
leaves his coalition.
BUT BOTH coalition and opposition
spokesmen said Begin would be left so
weak his coalition could dissolve over
a minor issue.
The Knesset voted across party lines
- 54-54 with two abstentions - on a

"The bill has not been accepted,"
Speaker Yitzhak Shamir announced,
bringing cheers from the opposition
Labor Party benches..
coalition voted against the bill, one ab-
stained and four were absent, some ap-
parently deliverately avoiding coalition
Menachem Porush, leader of the
ultra-orthodox Agudat Israel faction,
lashed out bitterly at coalition mem-
bers who he said "did not keep their
promise to pass this law."
As its price for supporting Begin's
government, Agudat Israel had

tions for social and economic reasons.
The Health Ministry says 43 per cent of
the 1,500 legal abortions performed
monthly come under this clause.
PORUSH SAID the situation now
would have to be put to the Council of
Torah Sages, a group of 15 rabbis who
guide Aqudat Israel. Asked if Agudat
members would leave the coalition,
Porush said they would if the "Torah
Sages tell us to."
The new coalition crisis, which may
be clarified today after the Torah Sages
meet, came atop a string of troubles for
Begin's government.
The government's stability has been
constantly threatened by divisions over

West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan
Heights. Begin currently is in the midst
of reshuffling his cabinet, and still
seeks a foreign minister to replace
Moshe Dayan, who resigned Oct. 21.
LABOR PARTY whip Moshe Shahal,
grinning broadly at Begin's difficulty,
said the government would not fall im-
mediately, but added, "This is another
nail in the government's coffin."
Begin's strength in Parliament has
been wavering so much it is difficult to
count his firm supporters.
Party whips put the figure at 66. If
Agudat leaves the coalition, Begin's
strength would drop to a bare majority
of 62 votes, including a "floater" who

X 11 # 1 E. N..government bill that would have demanded the abortion law be changed its policy of adding new settlements and sometimes votes against the coalition, Iegin
restricted the availability of abortions. to remove a clause permitting abor- expanding existing ones in the occupied as he did on the abortion bill.
... coalition suffers loss

Mississauga still evacuated
2nd day after train wreck

(Continued from Page 1)
and detached 27 upright propane-filled
cars so they could be hauled away.
Krupa's father-in-law, train engineer
Keith Pruss, said the initial fire was
like "a small Hiroshima" and he feared
many nearby houses would be
"I asked Larry if he wanted to try to
free the other tankers," he said, adding
that his son-in-law raced into the infer-
no and accomplished his mission Krupa
would only say "It was warm. I wanted
to save what I could."
Sixty square miles was evacuated,
the largest evacuation of its type ever
in Canada, as winds began wafting
fumes of propane, chlorine, butane and
toluene from some of the 25 cars

damaged in the 106-car train.
The Transport Comission announced
that a formal inqiry into the accident
would be held, but investigators said a
lack of lubricant in a train car's wheel
caused an axle break and the
derailment, about a half-mile from one
of the most densely populated areas of
the city.
Most of the refugees moved in with
relatives in Toronto or into the Inter-
national Center near Toronto's airport.
Aid agencies have been supplying
blankets and food to the refugee cen-
Only one looting attempt was repor-
ted, in which men broke into a truck
dealer's showroom.

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CANADIAN RAILROAD cars and signal light are silhouetted against derailed tanker cars burning Sunday in Mississauga,
Tank car derails in Holland; flo

HOLLAND (UPI) - A tank car
carrying deadly ammoniated hydrogen
fluoride derailed and began leaking
yesterday, forcing the evacuation of
more than 1,000 persons living in this
southwest Michigan resort area.
Heavy equipment needed to rerail the
tanker arrived from Fort Wayne, Ind.,
shortly after noon and an emergency
situation was declared until the

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rerailment could be completed.
THE TANKER was one of five cars of
a 37-car Chesapeake & Ohio (CPO)
freight train that jumped the tracks
shortly after midnight on its regular
Muskegon-Holland-Muskegon run.
Mdre than 13 hours after derailment,
Daily Official Bulletin
Tuesday, November 13, 1979
Daily Calendar
WUOM: National Press Club, Alfred H. Kahn
discusses the accomplishments of his economic
policies and makes projections about U.S. economic
future, 10:10 a.m.
Academic Women's Caucus: Shaw Livermore,
"University Tenure and Promotion Appeals," 3050
Frieze, noon.
CRLT: Lorna McGinnis, IBM, Career Seminars
for Graduate Students in the Humanities, Rackham
E. Conf. rm., 3 p.m.
Poli Sci/Judiac Stud. Prog./Near East. & N.
African Studies: Meir Pail, Hebrew U., "Israel and
the Palestinians: Alternative views," 1035 Angell, 4
Geology & Mineraology: David Blackwell,
Southern Methodist U., "Heat Flow and Plate Tec-
tonics of the Pacific Northwest," 4001 CCL, 4p.m.
Biolengineering: James Alberts, "Elec-
trodiagnostic Evaluation of Neuromusculr Tran-
simission," 1042E. Eng., 4p.m.
Center Russian & E. Eurpean Studies: vladimir
Soloukkin, poetry reading, 25 Angell, 4 p.m.
Physics/Astronomy: J. Oiivea, Cornell U.,
"Physical Processes in Postironium Formation at
Metal Surfaces," 2038 Randall, 4 p.m.
School of Music: U-Philharmonia, Stephen
Osmond, conductor, Hill, 8 p.m.
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efforts to right the overturned tanker
were under way. A second evacuation
of the area was ordered in case a
serious leak developed.'
The chemical was en route from
Houston to DuPont deNemours in Mon-
tague, where it is used in the production
of refrigerator coolant.
NO WORD ON what caused the
derailment was immediately available.
No injuries were reported, but Ot-
tawa County deputies'complained of
irritation caused by the-noxious fumes.
Zelly Craycraft, a spokeswoman for
the county Emergency Services office,
said the tanker is no longer leaking any
of the deadly chemical although
authorities worried initially a slow leak
had developed.
"WHEN IT went over there apparen-
tly was a small release from a release
valve," Craycraft said. "There has
been no leakage since the initial spur-
ting, but we're afraid that once they try
to turn the tanker over it will start
Initial tests indicated none of the
chemical was seeping into the ground
at the site.
Ottawa County Undersheriff Robert
Semple said between one and 100
gallons of the chemical leaked from the
tanker initially.
THREE OF THE other derailed cars,
one empty and the others carrying
lumber and paper, already had been

AP Photo
Ont. Officials evacuated 220,000
uride leak
put back on the tracks. A second tank
carrying ammoniated hydrog
fluoride also had to be rerailed.
The derailment took place in
railroad yard behind the Holla
Diecast Co., about a half mile north:
the city and a few hundred feet east
U.S. 31.
Ammoniated hydrogen fluoride is
toxic chemical that boils at 67 degree
Chemical Co., the company to whic
the tanker belonged, said the substanc
produces fumes even at 37 degree
Fahrenheit, the temperature reporte
in Holland by mid-morning.
The chemical was described a
"highly corrosive."
"It causes ulcerations if it make
contact with any part of the body,"
state police spokesman said.
Craycraft said between 1,000' an
1,500 persons living in a 1"2-mile radiu
of the Holland Township derailmen
site - less than half a mile from th
Black River - were evacuated fro
their homes following the derailmen
about 12:30 a.m. EST.
ABOUT 1,000 PERSONS spent th(
night at the Holland Armory and Civic
Center. Red Cross workers provides
the evacuees with cots, coffee, orange
juice and food.
By late morning, only 50 remained al
the temporary shelters.

Army rejects plan to blow
up burning railroad cars

MOLINO, Fla. (AP) - The Defen-
se Department yesterday rejected
as "too dangerous" a plan to
deliberately blow up six burning
propane railroad cars. Officials said
they .did not know how they would
end the threat that the tankers will
explode on their own.
The tankers, part of a 98-car
Louisville & Nashville (L&N) freight
that derailed early Sunday, con-
tinued to burn as they leaked liquid
propane. Officials feared a major
explosion iif vapors ignited.
ABOUT 400 PEOPLE have been
forced from their homes in the spar-
sely populated area near the.
Alabama state line, and sheriff's

deputies were trying to find other
people to warn them of the danger.
Army demolition experts flew
over the area yesterday and
discussed with disaster officials
plans to use explosives to blow up
the six derailed tankers.
Officials were concerned about
possible damage to wildlife, power
lines and private property that could
result from a deliberate explosion.
They also were trying to determine
who would pay for the damage.
"If that thing goes off, L&N is
going to buy some pigs and cows,"
said Earl Pennington, one of those
evacuated from the area.


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