July 28, 2015

Cleanup continues after Spartanburg train derailment

Crews are now in the process of cleaning up after a train containing highly flammable ethanol derailed near Spartanburg early Friday morning.

Spartanburg Fire Department officials say the 90-car CSX train had left Pelzer and was on its way to Decatur, Illinois when three of its cars left the track around 1:30 a.m. near downtown Spartanburg between W. Main Street and Henry Street. Hazmat crews have closed off the area, but say none of the cars are leaking at this time.

No one was injured and no evacuations have been ordered at this time. Fire Chief Marion Blackwell said the situation could have been much more serious.

“We could have had a spill, a release of the product from the container, we could have had a fire,” he told reporters on the scene. “A lot of things could have went wrong and didn’t. We’re very fortunate.”

CSX officials said they are investigating the cause of the accident.

The hazmat crews are keeping an eye on the overturned cars’ pressure valves. CSX is sending a second train to haul off the remaining undamaged cars.

Ed Jenson contributed to this report

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