40-Car Freight Train Derails in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania
In a startling incident that took place early this morning, a CSX freight train derailed in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania. The derailment occurred near Stenton Avenue and Joshua Road, causing chaos and raising concerns over a potential environmental hazard.
Reports indicate that at approximately 5 a.m., 15 cars of the train veered off the tracks, disrupting normal operations and causing panic among local residents. One of the derailed cars was carrying Tetrachloroethylene, a hazardous material commonly used in dry cleaning and various industrial applications. Fortunately, there have been no reports of leaks or spills so far.
As a precautionary measure, hazmat crews were summoned to the site to ensure the utmost safety of the public. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed that there is currently no cause for concern regarding any potential environmental releases.
Moreover, while residents living in the 5000 block of Camburn Road were immediately evacuated, this measure has since been lifted. The sudden evacuation alarmed and surprised many inhabitants who were caught off guard by the extraordinary situation.
Although some silicone pellets were discovered leaking from the derailed cars, officials have reassured the public that these do not pose a threat to their safety. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.
Northern Southern, the company responsible for managing the train tracks, will be taking charge of the recovery efforts and reopening the tracks. In the preliminary investigation, CSX suggests that the derailment might have been weather-related.
As the incident continues to be investigated, authorities are working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of both residents and the environment. Updates regarding the progress of the recovery efforts will be provided as soon as more information becomes available.
This article was originally published on ‘Fen’.