Georgia Town Evacuated After Train Derails, Release Propane
BYROMVILLE, GA. – According to an online news story from time.com, the town of Byromville, Georgia, was evacuated November 17, 2018 after a train derailed and released odorless propane around the site.*
CSX Railroad said multiple cars on the train derailed at approximately 7 a.m. on November 17. The train had two locomotives, 69 empty cars, and 72 loaded cars. The exact number of cars that derailed is not clear, but the Dooly County Fire Chief said about 15 to 30 cars fell from a bridge over Georgia Highway 90 while traveling through the small town of Byromville. Some of the cars were carrying pressurized, odorless propane, which escaped upon impact.
Byromville is located about 55 miles from Macon, Georgia, and has a population of around 500. People living or working within half a mile of the derailment site were required to evacuate because of risks associated with the leaked propane. The half-mile evacuation order meant essentially the whole town needed to evacuate, according to the Dooly County Fire Chief.
The cause of the derailment has not been released. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Local law enforcement and rail officials are investigating and have not reported additional information at this time.
Highway 90 was closed following the accident, and drivers were encouraged to take detours. One detour led from Highway 90 to Ga. 27 in Vienna, Georgia, and back to Ga. 230 in Byromville. An additional detour was expected to be announced as more area became clear around the derailment site.
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