Train Derailment In Newton Falls, Ohio; Homes Evacuated
A train derailment in Ohio caused over 500 people to be evacuated this morning.
The CSX train carrying chlorine came off the tracks around 7 a.m. this morning in Newton Falls, Ohio, causing an evacuation radius of 500 feet, according to WYTV. No one was injured.
While not all of the 101-car train derailed, some of those that did come off the tracks fell off a bridge onto the road below, according to ABC 9. While four of the cars were chlorine tankers, they were not involved in the derailment, and there seems to have been no spillage.
According to some ammonia may have been leaking from a refrigeration unit, but ABC 9 reports that that was not the case.
After helicopter fly-overs and a thorough HAZMAT investigation, it seems nothing hazardous leaked from the trains. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
The FBI did respond to the scene, but was simply following standard procedure.
Emergency officials have estimated that it will take at least two days to clean up the mess, which has caused busing to local schools to be cancelled. The city building and courts have also been shut, according to WYTV.