CSX continues to work closely with emergency personnel in Hyndman, Pa., to assess the scene where a train derailed several rail cars at about 5 a.m. today near Center Street. There are no reports of injuries. The Hyndman Fire Department has issued an evacuation of everyone within a half mile of the site, and CSX is working to get resources to residents who are impacted. Our top priority is to work cooperatively with first responders and other officials to protect the safety of the community.
Initial reports indicate at least 32 rail cars derailed, some of which contain hazardous materials. At least one rail car containing liquified petroleum gas and at least one car containing molten sulphur have leaked and are on fire. CSX hazardous-material experts are working alongside firefighters to assess the scope of the damage, develop a plan to contain the leaks and set up environmental protective measures and monitoring.
The train involved was traveling from Chicago to Selkirk, N.Y., and consisted of five locomotives and 178 rail cars total. Of those, 128 cars were carrying mixed freight, including the materials involved in the incident and construction materials, paper and wood pulp. There were 50 empty rail cars on the train.
CSX's priority is to protect the public's safety and get help to anyone who might be in need of assistance. We have set up a community outreach center at Hyndman Ministry Church, located at 152 Hyndman Road, where anyone impacted by the train derailment and evacuation can ask questions and seek additional resources. CSX is working with local officials, the American Red Cross and other organizations to supply food, lodging, transportation and other necessities to impacted community members. Members of the public can also call 1-800-331-4031 if they have questions.
We will continue to coordinate with emergency personnel and local authorities to ensure that those living and working in this community will receive the most up-to-date information possible. CSX is committed to meeting the needs of evacuated community members and will work as quickly as safety allows to return them to their homes and businesses.