Train Derails in West VirginiaAP , Associated Press
Nov. 5, 1998 10:15 AM ET
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) _ A freight train derailed in a scarcely populated area along the Ohio River early today, spilling hydrochloric acid.
There were no reports of injuries, but residents in a 1-mile radius of the accident, including the community of Henderson, were advised to remain indoors, authorities said.
Six tanker cars in the CSX train went off the tracks at 6 a.m., just south of Point Pleasant and about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
It was unclear how much hydrochloric acid was leaking or whether the chemical was spilling into the river, said Charles Blake, Mason County's emergency services director.
Officials closed the river to boat traffic and ordered planes not to fly above the site. State Route 2, which runs parallel to the tracks along the river, was closed south of Point Pleasant.
Hydrochloric acid is not usually deadly, but can cause a temporary burning sensation when it comes in contact with a person's eyes or lungs.
The cause of the derailment and the train's destination were not immediately known, said CSX Transportation spokesman Gary Wollenhaupt in Jacksonville, Fla.