Skip to comments.Fireball lights sky near fairgrounds after train derails
Posted on 07/11/2012 2:50:15 AM PDT by Whenifhow
A train derailed with an explosion igniting the contents of two rail cars early today just south of the Ohio State Fairgrounds, shooting flames that illuminated the night sky.
The derailment occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on a curve on the Norfolk Southern track just west of Fields Avenue and south of E. 11th Avenue.
Roughly 100 residents living within a one-mile radius of the derailment were evacuated to the Rhodes Center at the fairgrounds, said Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Michael Fowler.
The burning rail cars are believed to contain alcohol and possibly styrene, Fowler said.
Although the contents of the rail cars continue to burn, Fowler said the fire has been contained.
Firefighters have foam at the scene and may use it to suppress the fire if appropriate, Fowler said.
Police have closed E. 11th Avenue between N. 4th Street and Interstate 71. Other streets in that neighborhood between E. 5th and E. 11th avenues are also closed.
All lanes of I-71 remained open early today, police said. N. 4th Street, E. 5th and E. 17th avenues also remain open.
A Columbus Fire hazardous-materials crew was on the scene, and another hazmat crew from Norfolk Southern was also called, a fire dispatcher said.
The train that derailed contained 98 cars, Fowler said. Emergency radio communications indicated that 10 or 11 cars had derailed, though Fowler would not confirm the number of cars that derailed.
Fire officials have received no reports of any injuries connected to the derailment, explosion and fire.
Flames Shoot Hundreds Of Feet In Air After Train Derails, Explodes
Another hidden expense of Ethanol subsidies and mandates for ethanol in gasoline.
Ethanol can not be transported in existing pipelines so it is shipped to facilities by train or truck to be blended in to gasoline.
This is an unnecessary danger and expense being born by the people simply to enrich politicians and their cronies.
eyewitness accounts on the news of ground rumbling felt just prior to derailment - Nothing on USGS earthquake monitor
Anyone from Dearbornistan Michigan traveling nearby prior to the derailment?