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Train derails near Atmore, leaking plastic pellets

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(image: WPMI) Train derails near Atmore, leaking plastic pellets

Highway 31 in Atmore reopened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation - Mobile.

A train has derailed near Atmore next to Highway 31 near the 49 mile marker in the comunity of Wawbeek.

According to first responders, six cars derailed between Flomaton and Atmore in the Wawbeek community with chemicals on board.

Escambia Emergency Management says it was not chemicals leaking out of the train cars, but white plastic pellets.

The Atmore Advance reports there are no injuries at this time.

Crews from CSX Railways are on scene assisting in the cleanup effort.

Authorities say Highway 31 is closed while the cleanup is underway. They expect the road to be closed until at least 4:00 pm Thursday.

Find an alternate route until the road opens.

UPDATE:

Tracks have been cleared and CSX is in the process of putting new tracks in place for the railway.

Derailment occured at the 161st car of the train.

Plastic pellets that spilled were a polyvinyal plastic used for manufacturing processes and determined to be non-hazardous.

Last derailment in this area occured in 2005.


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