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‘It just took your breath away’

Minot police captain recalls events of Jan. 18, 2002

January 19, 2009
By DAVE CALDWELL, Staff Writer

Memories of the toxic fog that permeated the Minot area in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 2002, are ingrained deeply for many people. For some living near the derailment site, the choking vapor triggered a fight or flight response an instinct that proved to be deadly when John Grabinger drove his truck into a house because he couldn't see. Grabinger's wife made it inside that house, but Grabinger died in the driveway.



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