Train derails in DC, leaks hazardous material (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The DC fire service has issued a warning about a derailed train on the city's Rhode Island Avenue.
A number of wagons have left the track and there are no reports of any fires.
However, a substance identified by emergency responders as sodium hydroxide is leaking from one of the cars.
Train Derailment - Rhode Island Ave NE - CSX train w/ multiple cars derailed & leaking hazardous materials #DCFD— DC Fire Fighters L36 (@IAFF36) May 1, 2016
So far -- only one confirmed derailed car is leaking - & it is leaking sodium hydroxide - NO EVACUATIONS. pic.twitter.com/VcEysBOjmy— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 1, 2016
Hazmat fire trucks have arrived at the scene, while the area is being isolated.
As a precaution, Rhode Island Metro and Rhode Island Avenue have been shut down. The train was being run by the CSX transportation company.
CSX train derailment NE, DC - Hazmat situation - Rhode Island Ave shutdown in area - AVOID area pic.twitter.com/pZt5OJTaOy— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 1, 2016
Red Line: Rhode Island Station is temporarily closed due to fire dept activity near the station. Bus shuttles being established.— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) May 1, 2016
CSX personnel are working with DC first responders on a derailment at 9th and RI Ave NE. No injuries reported. More info to come.— CSX (@CSX) May 1, 2016
One witness has tweeted a picture from the scene, showing at least two of the freight train’s carriages have fallen off the track.
“I was asleep when I heard a loud noise, then my apartment started to shake,” local resident Madison Johnson told RT.
Johnson said he believes petrol may have leaked from the train.
“I honestly was nervous about having a gas spill so close to the apartment. Emergency personnel are here. I was instructed back into my apartment when I went to outside to look.”
Why did a train just derail outside my apartment pic.twitter.com/8fa4ys9YUh— Steve Rogers (@MadisonMJohnson) May 1, 2016