CSX continued to work overnight with first responders in Hyndman, Penn., to continue to monitor the propane fire. Additional assessments are being conducted and we are developing an operational plan to help progress the recovery.
CSX teams also worked overnight to collect essential medicines and pets from within the evacuation zone and reunite them with their owners. The evacuation order remains in effect at this time and we do not have an estimate of when residents can expect to return to their homes. Until then, we encourage people to follow the evacuation orders for their own safety.
The community outreach centers that we have established will be open today from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to continue providing assistance to residents. The locations are:
Hyndman Ministry Center
152 Hyndman Road
Bedford United Methodist Church
132 East John Street
Impacted residents to the north of the derailment are encouraged to visit the Bedford outreach center. The toll-free assistance line – 800-331-4031 – will be staffed throughout the day if residents have questions or need assistance with lodging, transportation, food, arrangements for pets, and other necessities.
CSX remains committed to supporting the residents who have been impacted by this event and restoring the community as quickly as safety allows. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading that effort. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.