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Train Derailment Results in Hospitalizations and Mass Evacuation

Camara Thomas1 year ago

10 officers have been hospitalized after breathing in toxic smoke that was released during a train derailment in Tennessee.

Details of the Tennessee Train Crash

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the CSX Train derailed at 11:50 pm Wednesday night in eastern Tennessee. Fortunately, there were no deaths attributed to this accident.

The train was carrying acrylonitrile – this is a material that is used to manufacture plastics and is extremely flammable with an inhalation risk. As a precaution, the Bounty County Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of residences and businesses in the area

The Red Cross has turned a high school into a shelter for the victims. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has said that they are in the area for backup if needed, but it will be handled by local officials.

This is the second derailment incident in less than half a year. 

Crews Work to Remove Hazardous Material

10 law enforcement officers who were among the first responders to the scene had to be transported to a local hospital after breathing in toxic fumes. Reports indicate another seven had to be decontaminated.

Fire fighters and hazmat crews remained at the scene to put out the resulting flames and clear the scene of hazardous materials.

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