Church and doctors to hold train crash memorial

Overturned rail cars remain strewn along the ground in Graniteville, S.C., in this aerial photo taken Jan., 7, 2005. Nine people died and more than 250 were sickened after a freight train carrying toxic chlorine gas crashed on Jan. 6, 2005, in one of the nation's deadliest chemical spills in years.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - A church in Graniteville is working with a group studying the health of the town's residents to honor the nine people who died in a train crash and gas leak in Graniteville 10 years ago Tuesday.

The memorial starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mezz Building at USC-Aiken. But before the ceremony, members of the Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology Group will give a workshop on its findings into how the toxic gas affected people's long term health.

Doctors in the study say exposure to chlorine gas has caused many people to have diminished lung capacity.

Bethlehem Baptist Church is helping with the event.