Derailed trains spills corrosive chemical near Georgia town


A derailed train has spilled various chemicals including hydrochloric acid outside of a small Georgia town and evacuations are underway.
Bartow Mayor Robert Morris tells news outlets that about 280 people have been impacted by the evacuation. The director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, Jim Anderson, says a Norfolk Southern train derailed outside of Bartow Sunday night.
Anderson says the train spilled hydrochloric acid. It’s unclear how much was spilled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the acid is a corrosive material that can cause respiratory and skin irritations. Hazmat crews were still on scene as of Monday.
No injuries were reported in the derailment. The county sheriff’s office says the evacuation area was reduced to several miles around the derailment site as of Monday morning.

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