Train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Cramerton

Train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Cramerton

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 4:02 PM

CRAMERTON, N.C. -- A Norfolk Southern train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed in Gaston County on Monday.

The incident happened at 278 8th Avenue around 4:45 p.m.  A Norfolk Southern spokesperson said there were no injuries.

The train was traveling from Linwood, N.C. to Macon, Georgia when the cars somehow jumped the track.

In a statement to NewsChannel 36, Norfolk Southern said, "(The) Norfolk Southern train consisting of three locomotives and 121 cars derailed 19 cars just east of Gastonia, N.C."

Officials dispatched a hazmat crew to the scene to determine if any fluids leaked from the train.  According to the company, at least four tank cars containing liquefied petroleum gas derailed but none were leaking.

As a precaution, everyone within 150 feet of the derailment was evacuated.  The evacuation zone was on Mayflower Avenue from 16th Street to 14th Street and effected about 50 homes.

Families were taken to the First Baptist Church on 8th Avenue and 10th Street but were allowed to return their homes a few hours later.

First responders said that a team will remove the chemicals from the Norfolk Southern train cars.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Norfolk Southern said that they will open a family assistance center in Cramerton Tuesday at the Town Hall and Police Department at 155 North Main Street from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. to reimburse residents who incurred expenses related to the evacuation.

People should bring an ID or other documentation that shows their address and they can reach the assistance center at 704-824-4337.

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