Train derailment in Pennsylvania causes evacuations

Emergency crews are currently responding to a train derailment in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. The incident occurred early Monday morning, with several cars from a CSX Norfolk Southern train derailing in the vicinity of Stenton Avenue, Flourtown Road, and Joshua Road. While initial reports suggested that hazardous materials were involved, authorities have since confirmed that the only material leaking from the train cars is silicone pellets, which pose no threat to the public. Evacuations were carried out as a precautionary measure, but residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

Around 5 a.m. on Monday, a CSX Norfolk Southern train derailed in Whitemarsh Township, prompting a Level 2 hazmat response. Sources indicate that approximately 15 to 20 cars were involved in the incident. The cause of the crash has been attributed to weather conditions, according to CSX.

As a precautionary measure, residents and businesses in close proximity to the derailment site were evacuated early Monday morning. However, these evacuations have since been lifted, and residents have been allowed to return home. Representatives from Norfolk Southern, CSX, and the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Response Team are currently on site to assess the situation and coordinate the necessary actions.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has been closely monitoring the situation and has offered assistance to local first responders. He urged residents to follow the instructions of local authorities and expressed gratitude to those who took precautions. Additionally, officials from the Federal Railroad Administration, part of the United States Department of Transportation, are en route to Montgomery County to gather information about the incident.