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United States: a train loaded with toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire

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Photo credits: WADE PAYNE / REUTERS

 In the state of Tennessee, more than 5,000 residents had evacuated Thursday after the derailment of a train, including a wagon, loaded with chemicals caught fire.


This train company CSX, composed of sixty wagons rolled Cincinnati, Ohio in Waycross, Georgia. He was not carrying passengers. The derailed car caught fire and carrying acrylonitrile, flammable and toxic chemical that poses risks to lung health. This substance, used in the manufacture of acrylic fibers can cause, when inhaled, irritation, headaches, nausea see. This train also carrying liquefied petroleum gas containers.

There are two years in Canada, a convoy of 72 tank cars and five locomotives, in charge of oil, had ravaged downtown Lake -Mégantic. A huge blaze lasted forty hours, destroying thirty buildings. This rail tragedy had killed 47 people. This catastrophe had raised a debate across the Atlantic on rail transport of dangerous goods rising in recent years. According to estimates of the Association of Railway of Canada, in 2009, 500 wagons of crude oil were transported, against 140,000 cars four years later.

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