Train derails, spills hydrogen peroxide in Greenwood Co.

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GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) – Rail operations are back to normal after a train accident caused several homes to be evacuated overnight in Greenwood County.

A CSX spokesperson said CSX employees at the Maxwell Rail Yard reported a train derailment just before 3:00am Saturday morning. 

One of the rail cars was carrying hydrogen peroxide and began to leak following the derailment, a CSX spokesperson said. The leak was contained to the “immediate area around the railcar.”

No one was injured, there were no public safety risks and waterways were not affected by the leak, a CSX spokesperson said. 

Crews were able to contain the leak and the derailed cars were placed back on the track, according to CSX.

CSX says the yard has returned to normal operations.

“CSX thanks the dedicated first responders who assisted us this morning,” the company said in a statement.

Authorities said the homes were evacuated Saturday morning as a precaution.

Greenwood County Emergency Management officials say they cleared the scene around 8:30am and turned it over to CSX to complete their cleanup.

Below was the official statement from CSX: 

β€œJust before 3:00 a.m. this morning, CSX employees at the Maxwell Rail Yard in Greenwood, SC reported a derailment of four rail cars in the yard.  As a result of the derailment, one of the rail cars carrying Hydrogen Peroxide began to leak product and was contained to the immediate area around the railcar.  There are no injuries, no safety risk to the public and no waterways impacted.  CSX personnel are working on site to contain the leak and re-rail the derailed rail cars.  The safety of our employees, the community and first responders on site is our highest priority.” 

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