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Train derails in Greenville, leaks non-hazardous fertilizers

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Greenville Fire-Rescue are investigating an early Wednesday morning train derailment parallel to 14th Street between Charles Blvd. and Evans Street.

Melanie Cost, with CSX Corporate Communications, says five cars with a local train out of Greenville carrying mixed CSX freight derailed Wednesday morning. The call came into CSX around 4:15 a.m., people living in the area say the train derailed around 3:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries.

Cost says the derailed cars carried ammonium polyphosphate, an agricultural product that is used for fertilizer, which is non-hazardous material. Two of the five train cars leaked the material, which has since been contained.

CSX deployed trained response professionals to the scene, and additional environmental experts responded to the scene to asses the situation and determine the best course of action.

Cost says the cause of the derailment is under investigation. Train operations, like the speed of the train and when the brakes were applied, the train cars themselves and the condition of the track are all factors in the investigation.

Greenville Fire-Rescue, North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team, CSX Police and Greenville Police all responded to the scene.

A CSX thanked the swift response from Greenville Fire and Rescue and the support and cooperation of other first responders in the area.
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