Multiple train cars derailed early Monday morning in Plymouth Meeting, an area of Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, leaving local residents and businesses with no choice but to evacuate the area.
Officials say that the CSX freight train derailed just before 5 a.m. on the morning of February 8th. Located at the intersection of Flourtown Road, Stenton Avenue, and Joshua Road, the train cars derailed in a moderately populated area, requiring those closest to the scene to be evacuated as a precaution against possible hazardous materials.
Thankfully, no reported injuries have been reported or any detected hazardous materials from the derailed train. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro praised the response of local authorities and thanked nearby residents for following their instructions.
CSX released a statement to FOX Business asserting that the freights 40-car train experienced 16 total cars derailing. Further, the company noted that one of the cars included hazardous materials, but no leaks or spills were found and the train crew is unharmed.
Looking at the possible cause of the derailment, CSX cites weather-related complications as a likely factor. They have yet to elaborate on further details of the incident.
Norfolk Southern also released a statement to Fox Business regarding the derailment. While they confirm that the train is operated by CSX, it is on Norfolk Southern tracks. By working in tandem, they are looking into the incident further.
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety Emergency Response Team is also present at the scene, lending assistance as needed.
At the time of the report, precautionary evacuations have been lifted and it is believed that no further excitations will be necessary. Still, it’s advised for residents to remain vigilant and heed advice from local authorities for their safety.
Likely due to the pandemic, officials encourage those affected by the incident to contact their insurance companies and document any losses sustained. They also encourage people to contact their local emergency management agency for further information.
As of this report, authorities are still investigating the incident and have yet to issue any further statements. We will monitor the situation and update you accordingly.