Freight train derails in Washington, cars leaking hazardous chemicals

WASHINGTON May 1 A CSX freight train derailed
on Sunday morning in northeastern Washington DC, with several
cars overturned and leaking hazardous liquids near the Rhode
Island Avenue Metro Station, the District of Columbia Fire
Department tweeted.

The Metro station and Rhode Island Avenue were closed as
three cars were leaking liquids, the tweet said. It did not
identify the substance, but said there was no fire.

Photos on the fire department’s twitter account showed
several cars lying on their sides by the tracks on the main
train route into the city, including tank cars, bulk material
cars and box cars.

WUSA Television said that no injuries were reported.

In a Twitter message, CSX Corp said: “CSX personnel
are working with DC first responders on a derailment at 9th and
RI Ave NE. No injuries reported.”

A fire department spokesman could not immediately be reached
for comment.

NBC4 Television reported that at least one of the leaking
chemicals is sodium hydroxide, citing multiple sources at the
scene.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention website, sodium hydroxide is a caustic soda, similar
to lye. It is a colorless to white, odorless and solid at room
temperature, usually stored as flakes, beads or in granular
form.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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