Georgia town evacuated after mass derailment of multiple railroad cars

Some 30 carriages containing pressurised propane crashed off bridge and into highway below - but no injuries reported

Colin Drury
Sunday 18 November 2018 13:48
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Railroad derailment in Byromville, Georgia
Railroad derailment in Byromville, Georgia

An entire town in Georgia, in the US, has been evacuated after a mass derailment of multiple railroad cars.

Byromville – population 500 – was cleared when up to 30 carriages containing pressurised propane crashed from a nearby bridge.

CSX Railroad, which was running the 141-car train, said “several” carriages plummeted onto Georgia Highway 90 at 7am local time Saturday, resulting in the mile-wide evacuation.

Brett Walls, the town’s fire chief, told the WMAZ-TV channel that “practically the whole town” had been required to leave – but there were no reports of injuries.

Resident Stephanie Chapman said the smash was audible more than a mile away.

“You could hear the rail cars hitting each other – boom-boom-boom-boom-boom," she told the Associated Press news agency.

A CSX statement released late Saturday said: "Crews are working to re-rail the cars without damage and remove the derailed railcars with damage from the area as quickly and safely as possible."

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The evacuation line was reduced to within 300 metres of the crash site by midday.

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