CSX Derailment Forces Evacuation of Hyndman, Pa.

A CSX train derailed and caught fire in southern Pennsylvania, blocking traffic on the Keystone Subdivision and forcing the evacuation of the town of Hydnman.

Amtrak canceled the eastbound Capitol Limited at Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning and westbound No. 29 did not operate between Washington and Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon.

The derailment involved eastbound train Q388 in which 32 cars left the tracks just west of Hyndman, Pennsylvania.

News reports said that after the derailment, residents of the Hyndman area were evacuated after fire broke out.

The accident occurred at about 5 a.m. about 18 miles west of Cumberland, Maryland, east of the famed Sandpatch grade.

The CSX manifest freight was carrying flammable liquid asphalt. A CSX spokesman said some of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous materials.

Cars carrying liquified petroleum gas and molten sulphur were reported to have leaked and caught fire. CSX was sending a hazardous materials team to the scene.

The train originated in Chicago and was bound for Selkirk, New York. It was carrying 178 rail cars, including 128 loads and 50 empties. It was pulled by five locomotives.

Other freight in the consist included construction materials, paper and wood pulp.

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