Cleanup of CSX Derailment Continues in Pennsylvania

The cleanup continued Thursday following a derailment of a CSX freight train in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, that resulted in a fire and evacuation of the community.

Residents within a mile-radius of the derailment were ordered to leave. CSX opened two community outreach centers to help the displaced residents.

About 1,000 residents of Hyndman were put up on motels in nearby Cumberland, Maryland, and safety crews helped residents retrieve pets and prescription medicines.

The derailment of the eastbound 178-car freight train occurred early Wednesday morning and involved hazardous materials.

Railroad officials said 32 cars derailed, including a tank car carrying liquefied petroleum gas and another tanker carrying molten sulphur. Both leaked and caught fire. The train was en route to Selkirk, New York, from Chicago.

On Thursday afternoon, official said the fires will have to burn themselves out, because that was safer than trying to extinguish them. They were unable to say when residents would be able to return to their homes or when the tracks would be reopened.

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited will be limited to operating between Chicago and Pittsburgh for the next four days.

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