CSX Freight Train Derails in Pennsylvania, Prompting Evacuations

Early Monday, a CSX freight train derailed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, leading to the evacuation of nearby residents and businesses, according to local officials. The derailment occurred in the Plymouth Meeting area of Whitemarsh Township, close to Flourtown Road, Joshua Road, and Stenton Avenue.

As a safety measure, those living and working closest to the derailment site were evacuated. However, officials have since confirmed that no further evacuations are anticipated, and the initial evacuation orders have been lifted. There have been no reported injuries or public hazards associated with the incident.

CSX, in an email statement to FOX Business, confirmed that 16 out of the 40 cars of the freight train derailed. The company also noted that while one of the derailed cars was carrying hazardous material, there have been no reported leaks or spills. The train crew was unharmed in the incident. The local fire department, responding to the situation, ordered the evacuation of a small number of homes as a precautionary measure.

The cause of the derailment is believed to be weather-related, according to CSX. The derailed train cars were reportedly carrying silicone pellets, a material that poses no threat to the public, as per local police.

Representatives from Norfolk Southern and CSX, along with the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety Emergency Response Team, are currently at the derailment site. Norfolk Southern clarified that the derailed train was a CSX train operating on Norfolk Southern tracks.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro expressed his concern over the incident on Twitter, stating that he and his team are closely monitoring the situation and assisting local first responders. He thanked the residents for their cooperation and urged them to continue following the instructions of local authorities.