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Washington train cars jump track

Eagle Staff Report

Twenty-two cars jumped the track on an 80-car train early Saturday in Washington County, spilling an unknown amount of chemicals and prompting the evacuation of 17 families, police said.

The train pulled by three engines was traveling south through the county off Old Gay Hill Road at about 6:30 a.m. when the nearly two dozen cars jumped the track, said Sheriff J.W. Jankowski. One of the cars, a 28,000 gallon tank carrying octyl aldehyde, came off the track and landed on its side causing an unspecified amount of the chemical to spill, he said.

No one was hurt, but nearby residents were evacuated for most of the day, Jankowski said. They were allowed to return to their homes at about 4:30 p.m.

Crews were expected to work on the cleanup through the night and the Old Gay Hill Road will remain closed until sometime Sunday, Jankowski said.

It was unclear what caused the train to jump off the track, Jankowski said.

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