Santa Fe, TX train derailment with possible chemical spill prompts evacuation
Legal News for Texas Train Accident Attorneys. Hazmat crews responded to scene of freight train derailment.
Texas train accident attorney alerts- train derailment calls for assistance from Hazmat teams.
Santa Fe, TX (News)—Inhabitants residing within a one-mile radius of the scene of a train derailment, which could have caused a chemical spill, were evacuated from the area to the West County Annex building, pending train accident clean up and investigations. The locomotive derailed early Thursday morning, February 18, 2010, according to information provided by MyFoxHouston.com.
At approximately 6 a.m., a train traveling on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks derailed on Texas State Highway 6, located near FM 646 (Main Street). A feed store was reportedly damaged as a result of the derailment, prompting Santa Fe Police Department authorities to cease electricity service to the building as a means of avoiding explosions or a blaze. Officials also allegedly closed off State Highway 6 and FM 646 pending clean up by hazardous materials (hazmat) teams.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the derailment though the freight cars and tanks seemed to be leaking a black substance of some sort. Residents located within a one-mile radius of downtown Santa Fe were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution. Reports allegedly stated, “Wind levels were low in Santa Fe on Thursday morning, which could prevent potential chemical fumes from dispersing beyond the one-mile radius evacuation zone.” Investigations into the derailment and possible chemical leak are expected to be underway.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Texas Train Accident Lawyers.