Fire and derailment in southern Pennsylvania

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HYNDMAN, Pa. — First responders are keeping residents away from a blaze from a derailed CSX Transportation freight train Wednesday morning.

An eastbound CSX Transportation freight train derailed just west Hyndman, between Bedford, Pa., and Cumberland, Md., early Wednesday morning causing a fire and local evacuations, the Associated Press Reports. The incident happened around 5 a.m. near Hyndman, about 18 miles west of Cumberland, Md., on CSX’s Keystone Subdivision. The derailment is on the railroad’s ex-Baltimore & Ohio mainline and occurred at the east end of Sandpatch grade as the train was descending the famed route.

According to first responders cited in the AP story, approximately six cars derailed and a residential car garage was damaged in the incident. The general merchandise freight train included some cars carrying flammable liquid asphalt, but it was unknown if those cars were the ones involved in the fire.

The fire was still burning several hours after the initial derailment. As a result of the derailment, firefighters and police have evacuated several homes in Hyndman.

CSX representative Rob Doolittle confirms that at least 32 railcars derailed, some of which contain hazardous materials. At least one of railcar containing liquified petroleum gas and another car containing molten sulphur have leaked and are on fire. The railroad is sending hazardous materials teams to work alongside first responders to better assess the scope of the damage. The eastbound train consisted of five locomotives and 178 railcars, including 128 loads and 50 empties. The freight train, which was headed to Selkirk, N.Y., from Chicago, was carrying construction materials, paper and wood pulp, and other hazardous materials.

The Hyndman Fire Department has issued an evacuation of everyone within a half mile of the site. The railroad is currently working to get resources to residents who are impacted by the derailment.

No injuries have been reported. Video submitted by MP208.

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