Texas train derails, asphalt and sulphur tankers rupture

18 February 2010 16:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Two tankers containing asphalt and molten sulphur ruptured when 22 freight cars derailed early on Thursday in a small town near the Texas coast, authorities said.

Police in Santa Fe, Texas, said the train bound for Houston derailed at 5:25 hours Houston time. (11:25 hours GMT), prompting a shelter-in-place order to be issued.

A spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe said it was not clear what caused the derailment, according to an Associated Press report.

A police dispatcher said no injuries had been reported. The dispatcher said police issued the shelter-in-place orders to facilitate the cleanup effort, which required many large trucks and cranes.

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