Early morning on Monday, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed outside Philadelphia, resulting in the evacuation of homes and businesses near the site. The 40-car CSX Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and at least 15-20 of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous materials, causing a Level 2 hazmat response. The derailment happened in a suburban area of Whitemarsh Township, and emergency crews were quick to respond.
A few days later, in another small Pennsylvania town, Hyndman, a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed, resulting in the evacuation of the entire town. The train had five locomotives and 178 rail cars in total. While the majority of them were carrying mixed freight, including paper and wood pulp, at least one car containing liquefied petroleum gas and one containing molten sulfur had leaked and were on fire.
The derailment in Whitemarsh Township happened just before 5 a.m. on Monday, and officials evacuated houses and businesses in the area of the derailment as a precaution. The police department stated that precautionary evacuations occurred at the residents and businesses closest to the scene, and that it was not believed that further evacuations would be needed. Officials from Norfolk Southern, CSX, and the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety's Emergency Response Team were on the scene, and Joshua Road was closed between Flourtown Road and Stenton Avenue.
According to Fox 29, photos of the derailment showed multiple cars toppled off the tracks, which appeared to be bent. There were no known injuries at the scene, and it was unclear what caused the train to derail. The officials were still investigating the incident.