CSX Train Derails in Northeast D.C., Possible Hazardous Leak

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fifteen cars from CSX freight train derailed Sunday morning in Washington D.C. The train was traveling from Cumberland, Md. to Hamlet, N.C.


Early reports said the cars may be leaking hazardous materials, but CSX said the leaks had been plugged.


"The sodium hydroxide leak from one of the derailed cars was plugged this morning.  Clean-up operations will be underway shortly.  During more detailed inspections of the cars, another derailed tank car that was leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride solution has also been sealed. Additionally, a derailed ethanol rail car was found to be leaking slowly from the base of a valve. The ethanol is contained and work is ongoing to re-seal the valve,"  CSX Corporate Communications spokesperson Kristin Seay said in the most recent statement.

"We are grateful for the swift response from Washington D.C. first responders and other agencies," the company added.

No injuries have been reported and officials said public health was never in danger.

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