TOWN EVACUATED AFTER FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS, CATCHES FIRE IN BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

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Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:15am

NEARLY THREE DOZEN CARS OF A CSX FREIGHT TRAIN CARRYING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS DERAILED IN A SMALL PENNSYLVANIA TOWN WEDNESDAY MORNING. Fires have ignited in some rail cars, set a residential garage on fire, and has forced emergency officials to evacuate the whole town.

No injuries have been reported.

The train was travelling from Chicago to Selkirk, New York, and at least 32 cars - two of which contained liquid petroleum gas and molten sulfur - leaked and caught fire.

It was not immediately known what caused the train to run off the rails, and the fire continued to burn hours after the derailment.

"It woke me up. It was louder than a thunderstorm," Hyndman resident Jim Shaffer told the (Cumberland) Times-News. "I heard the cars banging into each other. Then I heard the fire whistle."

Bedford County 911 Coordinator Harry Corely said officials ordered everyone within a 1-mile radius of the derailment to leave and residents have been directed to a local church for help with lodging and food.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said officials were conducting air and ground studies to determine health effects.

The National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams said he expects them to get a better sense of the scene today.

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Original article written by Pittsburgh's Action News 4