Train derails in Washington DC leaking hazardous chemicals

Officials say that the leak has been contained.

Nearby roads have been closed in both directions
Nearby roads have been closed in both directions

A chemical leak has been contained after a CSX train derailed in Washington DC, officials said.

At least 14 railcars overturned at 9th and Rhode Island Avenue northeast at 6:40am on Sunday morning, spilling hazardous substances from at least three of them, according to CSX.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowswer said during a press conference that no injuries were reported and emergency responders were working to contain the leak.

Chris Nellum, a witness who lives nearby, said that his window looks over the tracks.

"I thought it was like a semi-truck coming toward the building and when I looked out the window, I saw cars piling up," Nellum told the Associated Press. "So I'm not even used to hearing trains. It was jarring.”

CSX identified one of the chemicals leaked as sodium hydroxide, which produces “household products such as paper, soap and detergents.”

Metro service has been suspended in the area.

Local officials will provide an update during a joint news conference at 5pm ET.

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