Residents in a Lakeland, Florida, neighborhood were prompted to stay indoors for several hours after a train derailment causes a hazardous chemical spill.
According to NPR, at around 2 a.m. Monday morning, a CSX cargo train derailed in a residential area near Kathleen Road. Four of the train cars involved in the derailment leaked their contents of molten sulfur, a hazardous chemical used in manufacturing rubber, fertilizers, paper, and sulfuric acid. Hazmat crews were called to the scene to assist with clean up.
Residents nearby were asked to shelter in place, close windows, and turn off their air conditioning until the situation was handled. Sulfur is a known irritant to skin, eyes, and mucous membranes and can cause burns.
According to NPR, no injuries have been reported due to the chemical spill. Roadways near the spill have been closed off as the molten sulfur is cleaned up and the train wreckage is removed.
The train was traveling from Waycross, Georgia, to Winston, Florida, when the derailment occurred for reasons currently unknown. CSX is investigating the cause of the early morning train derailment.
The train of nearly 200 rail cars was carrying several items, including cardboard, rock, and oats, in addition to the molten sulfur.
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