The Latest: Train derails in DC, leaking hazardous material

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment and hazardous material leak in Washington, D.C. (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

CSX says one of its freight trains has derailed in Washington, D.C., sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said no injuries were reported after the train derailed Sunday about 6:40 a.m. She says one of the derailed is leaking sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including soap and detergents.

Sodium hydroxide is a highly corrosive chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes. CSX says it is working with first responders to contain the released product.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The CSX train had three locomotives and 175 cars, including 94 that were loaded with mixed freight, and 81 that were empty.


8:20 a.m.

A CSX freight train has derailed in Washington, D.C., leaving several cars overturned and a possible hazardous leak.

Fire officials tell WTOP-TV ( that several cars overturned near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station about 7 a.m. Sunday, and emergency responders were working to contain a leak. Officials say they do not know what substance is leaking.

Rhode Island Avenue was closed in both directions from 4th to 10th streets in Northeast.

The Red Line’s Rhode Island Station also is closed. Metro said it would establish bus shuttle service between the NoMa and Brookland stations.

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