Emanuel County hazmat team responds to train derailment in Bartow

by | January 9, 2019 9:00 am

Last Updated: January 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

by HALEI LAMB

A train accident in southern Jefferson County in the late hours of Sunday, January 6, called for the help of Emanuel County’s hazardous materials crew. Thirty-seven cars of a Norfolk Southern train hauling hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide from Macon to Augusta derailed off Highway 221 near Friendship Church Road and Newman Smith Road.

An evacuation order was immediately put in place for the City of Bartow while first response teams assessed the spillage. Some 500 people were temporarily displaced by the evacuation order, which, at first, only affected those within the city limits. Shortly afterward, the order was revised to include those who lived within 5 miles of the derailment. Around 12:35 a.m., officials advised that residents within a 7-mile radius needed to leave as a precautionary measure. At 1:45 a.m., the evacuation area was reduced to 3 miles before all residents were given the all-clear to return to their homes around 7 a.m. on Monday, January 7.

Though no major injuries were reported…

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