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News Reports of Train Derailment and Evacuation Near Knoxville

 

Preliminary news reports this morning indicated that early on Thursday morning, at least one CSX train derailed near Marysville, Tennessee in Blount County, outside of Knoxville. The train reportedly carried Acrylonitrile, a highly flammable substance used to produce acrylic products. The derailment forced the authorities to commence an evacuation within a two mile radius.

Conflicting reports indicated some early responders were transmitted to the hospital after breathing toxic fumes. A public shelter was established at a local high school, and some 5,000 people are in the process of being evacuated. Residents were notified of the evacuation by door-to-door contacts and automated telephone calls. Authorities expressed concern that the clean up efforts might be hampered by an approaching thunder storm.

The train carrying the flammable material was en route from Cincinnati, Ohio to Waycross, Georgia when the derailment occurred. Heavy rainstorms in the area are anticipated stated Ivan Ong.

Acrylonitrile is used in the manufacture of plastics products. It reportedly causes nausea, headaches and an elevated heart rate. Authorities issued the evacuation in order to prevent nearby residents from coming into contact with the fumes.

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