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Freight train with petroleum and ‘caustic product’ derails tracks in South Texas

Freight train with petroleum and ‘caustic product’ derails from the tracks in South Texas – forcing two schools to evacuate and cutting flow to over 2,200

  • The KCS train derailed around 7:30 a.m. in Orange County, Texas on Thursday, the Orange County Office of Emergency Management said.
  • Photos and videos of the scene show the enormous accumulation and destruction that resulted from the derailment
  • The Mauriceville school district said students were being evacuated from primary and secondary school to secondary school
  • More than 2,200 lost power in the area

A freight train derailed in southeast Texas on Thursday, causing thousands to lose power as homes, businesses and schools had to be evacuated within a mile.

The KCS train derailed around 7:30 a.m. in Orange County, Texas, the Orange County Office of Emergency Management said in a press release that was shared by the local sheriff’s department.

Photos and videos of the scene show the enormous accumulation and destruction that resulted from the derailment.

The KCS train derailed around 7:30 a.m. in Orange County, Texas on Thursday, the Orange County Office of Emergency Management said.

The KCS train derailed around 7:30 a.m. in Orange County, Texas on Thursday, the Orange County Office of Emergency Management said.

Authorities state that 25 cars were involved in the crash, but only 15 cars were actually loaded.

Of those loaded, five of the cars were breached. While four cars contained a petroleum product that posed no risk to the general population, the fifth car contained a “ corrosive product that is contained, ” the office shared in the release.

While no injuries have been reported, the sheriff’s department said 600 residents were affected by the derailment.

25 cars were involved in the crash, but only 15 were actually loaded

25 cars were involved in the crash, but only 15 were actually loaded

25 cars were involved in the crash, but only 15 were actually loaded

Of those charged, five of the cars were breached. While four cars contained a petroleum product that posed no risk to the general population, the fifth car contained a 'corrosive product being packaged'

Of those loaded, five of the cars were broken. While four cars contained a petroleum product that posed no risk to the general population, the fifth car contained a 'corrosive product being packaged'

Of those loaded, five of the cars were broken. While four cars contained a petroleum product that posed no risk to the general population, the fifth car contained a ‘corrosive product being packaged’

“At the time of the derailment, an overabundance of caution established a 1-mile exclusion zone,” the department added in the release.

Not long after the sheriff’s post, the Mauriceville school district told me it had evacuated an elementary and high school in their district.

“All students at Mauriceville Elementary and Mauriceville Middle School are now being evacuated to high school,” the district informed, instructing parents to pick up their children there.

More than 2,200 customers have lost power in the area, according to Entergy.

The Mauriceville school district shared that students were being evacuated from primary and secondary school to secondary school

The Mauriceville school district shared that students were being evacuated from primary and secondary school to secondary school

The Mauriceville school district shared that students were being evacuated from primary and secondary school to secondary school

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