De­rail­ment emp­ties Penn­syl­va­nia town

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

HYN­D­MAN, Pa. — Nearly three dozen cars of a freight train car­ry­ing haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als ca­reened off the tracks in a small Penn­syl­va­nia town Wed­nes­day, ig­nit­ing fires in some rail cars and a garage and forc­ing emer­gency of­fi­cials to evac­u­ate the whole town.

No in­juries were re­ported.

At least 32 cars on the CSX freight train derailed about 5 a.m. in Hyn­d­man, about 100 miles south­east of Pitts­burgh, said CSX spokesman Rob Doolit­tle. The train was trav­el­ing from Chicago to Selkirk, N.Y.

At least one car con­tain­ing liq­uid pe­tro­leum gas and one con­tain­ing molten sul­fur leaked and caught fire, Doolit­tle said. A res­i­den­tial garage struck dur­ing the de­rail­ment also caught fire, of­fi­cials said.

It was not im­me­di­ately known what caused the train to run off the rails, and the fire con­tin­ued to burn hours af­ter the de­rail­ment.

AP/WPXI

Smoke rises af­ter dozens of cars of a freight train car­ry­ing haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als derailed Wed­nes­day in Hyn­d­man, Pa.

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