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Train Carrying Molten Sulfur Derails, Causing Hazmat Situation

Train locomotive engine carrying rail cars with empty track in foreground

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.

Injured from a Chemical Spill? Contact an Experienced Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been hurt due to an exposure to a hazardous chemical or substance from an event such as a train derailment, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury claims and will fight on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Truck crashes, train derailments, factory and refinery explosions can release toxic substances into the environment that pose a risk to the surrounding communities. Call us today if you have been injured — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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