Columbus, Ohio Train Derailment
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Columbus Ohio Train DerailmentA southbound Norfolk Southern train with two locomotives and 98 freight cars derailed in an industrial neighborhood just north of downtown Columbus, Ohio, around 2:00 a.m. on July 11, 2012. The accident caused the train to explode, producing a huge fireball. According to various media sources, explosions were felt for blocks and sent flames shooting high in the air. Two people sustained minor injuries when they walked onto the tracks to investigate the explosion, but no one aboard the train was injured. The train's freight included ethanol and styrene. Three tanker cars, each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol caught fire, and continued to burn for some 12 hours. As a result, about 30 homes were evacuated and other people living in the surrounding area were told to stay indoors. A temporary Red Cross shelter was set up for evacuees, and residents were unable to return to their homes until mid-afternoon. The cause of the train derailment is yet to be determined. However, investigators have ruled out terrorism and sabotage, and are said to be leaning toward mechanical failure.
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