No injuries reported after train derails in Manchester, GA

No injuries reported after train derails in Manchester, GA
Published: Nov. 7, 2017 at 3:18 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 at 3:49 PM EST
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(Source: Wesley Tyus)
(Source: Wesley Tyus)

MANCHESTER, GA (WTVM) – New details are underway following a train derailment in Manchester, GA Tuesday morning.

The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. when a CSX freight train traveling from Waycross, Ga., to Birmingham, Ala., derailed six cars.

Five of the derailed cars were empty. The sixth car involved is a tank car containing fluorosilicic acid, a byproduct of the fertilizer industry that is commonly used to fluoridate public drinking water systems.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the derailment.

The CSX Spokesperson Rob Doolittle released the following statement:

CSX personnel and hazardous-materials contractors are at the scene of the derailment, developing plans for re-railing the affected cars and monitoring the status of the tank car to ensure the safety of the public and first responders. Work will continue at the site until all the cars are removed and damage to the tracks is restored. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The train comprised three locomotives and 120 cars total, including 98 empty railcars and 22 loaded cars containing a variety of freight, such as scrap metal, corn, cement, and wallboard.

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