US train carrying hazardous chemical derails in Maryland; one hurt

29 May 2013 03:59  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A freight train carrying a hazardous chemical, as well as a variety of other materials, was hit by a truck and got derailed on Tuesday at Rosedale, Maryland in the US, the train’s operator CSX Corp said in a statement.

“An investigation is under way. The train was en route from Selkirk, NY [NewYork], to Waycross, Ga [Georgia], when the derailment occurred around 2 pm [19:00 GMT] today [28 May],” it said.

A fire erupted because of the collision, sending plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles, according to various local media reports.

At least one person, the driver of the truck, was seriously injured, CSX said in a statement. CSX’s train crew – a locomotive engineer and conductor – were not seriously injured, it added.

“It appears that about a dozen rail cars are involved, including at least one rail car containing a material classified by US Department of Transportation as a hazardous material.  That is sodium chlorate, an oxidizer used in a variety of industrial processes,” the train operator said.

The freight train was also carrying terephthalic acid, a polyester precursor, according to newswire agency Associated Press.

The train, which was being pulled by two locomotives, has 45 rail cars that carry a variety of products from lumber to printing paper, according to CSX.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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