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6/7/05-Gregg County

Emergency Disaster Drills

A train derails, a car explodes, and a terrorist takes over a small plane. Those were the imaginary scenarios, Tuesday in a series of emergency drills in Gregg County. In the drill, at the East Texas Regional Airport, a terrorist also exposed passengers to a nerve agent.

Emergency personnel simulated the decontamination of victims and got them the needed medical assistance. The state's Disaster District Committee helped stage the drills. They say mock disasters are critical in preparing local authorities.

The Office of Domestic Preparedness funded Tuesday's drill. Another drill will take place Wednesday at the Longview high school.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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