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Arcadia, Ohio Train Derailment
The early morning train derailment and explosion near Arcadia, in Hancock County, Ohio resulted in the evacuation of about 20 homes. According to local media reports, the 62-car Norfolk Southern train was transporting ethanol, and the 18 cars involved in the derailment carried 320,000 gallons of the highly volatile chemical.
About 20 homes were evacuated in the area about two miles west of the village of Arcadia, but it was unclear exactly how many people were in those homes. According to the Toledo Blade, some evacuees were taken to Arcadia United Methodist Church, while others were taken to Arcadia Trinity Lutheran Church.
Waterways in the area were being tested Sunday morning by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to see if there was any contamination, and there are plans for air monitoring. Firefighters were also placing dikes in nearby streams to prevent contamination.
It is not yet known what caused the train derailment, but there is some speculation that heavy snowfall the day prior could have played some role in the accident.
The Norfolk Southern train was headed from Chicago to North Carolina on an east-west line when it derailed at 2:20 a.m. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Witnesses reported hearing multiple explosions after the derailment, some of which shook nearby homes. A fireball could be seen from up to 15 miles away.
One hundred firefighters from surrounding departments responded to the scene in Cass Township, just northwest of Arcadia. Flames were so intense that emergency crews were forced to remain at least a mile away for safety reasons.