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