America’s railroads carry hazardous materials across the country. If you think these shipments are safe, think again. During the most recent accident residents were warned to stay indoors and close their windows after a CSX train carrying molten sulfur derailed.
A report on NPR noted four cars derailed near Lakeland in Florida. Officials were warned to remain in their homes.
The report stated several cars leaked. This is an extremely hazardous substance. Burning sulfur emits large quantities of sulfur dioxide, an irritating, toxic, and suffocating gas linked to severe lung damage and death.
CSX Spokesman Rob Doolittle said molten sulfur as “a hazardous material used in making rubber, detergent, and fertilizers.”
CSX reported nine rail cars were reported derailed in this crash. Polk County Fire Rescue reported on how several cars were left “rolled over and mangled.”
The railroad operator reported no injuries. It is investigating the cause of the derailment.
A fire engine crew spotted the derailed cars discovered shortly before 2 a.m on Nov. 27. The engine was on the way back from a medical call. Hazmat crews were mobilized to the derailment scene. They were reported to be working with officials from CSX and state agencies to investigate.
NPR reported this derailment occurred close to a residential subdivision along Kathleen Road. The train track runs parallel to the highway. Part of the road was closed after the crash.
No residents were evacuated due to the derailment and sulfur leak, according to officials. They were told to shelter in their homes. Officials instructed them to turn off their air conditioning units.
CSX Train Carrying Molten Sulfur Derailed – The Hazards of Chemical Trains
As well as communities living close to railroad lines, workers face daily risks to their health from dangerous chemicals carried on the railroads.
Earlier this year, we noted a series of cancer lawsuits were filed by railroad workers who fell sick across the country and the families of those who lost loved ones.
We also noted how chlorine accidents pose a major danger to railroad workers after a series of spills across the United States.
Tank cars used by the railroads still rupture too easily, endangering communities, first responders and railroad workers alike.
If you fear your health has been affected by dangerous chemicals or other substances, you have likely grounds to make a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 455-6657.