August 4, 2017
continued to work overnight to safely progress the recovery from the August 2 derailment in Hyndman, Pa.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, August 4, the propane fire that had been burning at the site was extinguished. Small sulfur fires continue to burn. Access to those fires is limited by the presence of other derailed cars, so moving those cars safely to gain access to the sulfur fires is the next priority for the effort.
Due to the continued presence of active fires, the evacuation order for Hyndman residents remains in effect. CSX continues to work as quickly as safety allows to make the area safe for residents to return to their homes; no precise timeline has been established for when residents may be allowed to reenter their homes.
CSX also has begun removing derailed cars at the site that are not involved or exposed to the fires. Overnight, a total of 17 rail cars were either re-railed and prepared to be removed from the site, or cleared from the site and repositioned to safe locations for removal later.
For those residents who are staying at designated evacuation hotels, CSX representatives are on site in those hotel lobbies and are available to answer questions and provide assistance.
To support displaced residents’ needs, the CSX community outreach centers in Hyndman and Bedford will remain open today, Friday, until 8 p.m. CSX continues to answer questions through the toll-free incident response line: 1-800-331-4031. Those efforts will continue until all residents have been returned to their homes.
CSX has created a webpage, response.csx.com, where the public can find information about the community outreach centers, the latest status of the recovery and additional helpful resources.
CSX appreciates the support of the American Red Cross, local first responders, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the community in caring for the needs of residents displaced by this incident.