After derailing in Florida, a train spilled over 30,000 gallons of propane fuel not far from a homeless encampment.
Five of the overturned vehicles were carrying sheetrock, while the sixth was carrying propane.
There does not appear to be a fuel leak at this time, but hazmat teams are still monitoring the situation.
A train carrying more than 30,000 gallons of propane fuel derailed in Florida, just weeks after a similar train carrying toxic materials derailed in Ohio, sparking fresh environmental concerns.
Six Seminole Gulf railroad cars reportedly came off the tracks near a homeless camp on the Sarasota-Manatee County line on Tuesday, according to the chief of the local fire department in either county.
Only five of the trucks carried sheetrock, while the sixth carried propane. According to FOX 13, another propane-carrying train car jumped the tracks but did not overturn during the partial derailment.
Not a single person has been reported hurt, and there are no visible signs of a propane leak. However, as workers attempt to unload the fuel, they may issue evacuation orders to those in the area.
Specialists in dealing with hazardous materials are currently keeping a close eye on the situation.
“Drones are available for use. Explanation by Bounds, “When we were in the air with our thermally-capable drone, we were managing the hazmat team for Manatee County.
The amount of water in the tank could be estimated from the outside by watching for a change in the color of the liquid, which would indicate the presence of leaks.
There isn’t any seepage. He assured FOX 13 that the tank’s structural integrity had been preserved despite the rollover.
WFLA reports that authorities say they need to drain 30,000 gallons of propane from the tanker car before using heavy machinery to clear the tracks.
Bounds stated that preparations are being made to notify people at a nearby homeless camp if evacuations are called for.
Using the latest in drone technology, he was able to see a homeless encampment on the other side of the tracks. There’s no way for us to know how many there are. When we looked down on it from a height, we couldn’t fathom it.
“We did send MSO and some other teams down there to address the people out there and to address the potential danger,” the statement reads.
The authorities say the derailment occurred in a manufacturing area north of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
Because of one careless driver, several rails were broken.
The causes of the accident remain unknown.
On Tuesday night, Florida state and local authorities said they were waiting for direction from Seminole Gulf as the Florida Department of Transportation and state railroad officials prepared to investigate.
Bounds told the Bradenton Herald that progress has stalled. The duration of the scene “cannot be estimated” until “crews are on the scene and a game plan is developed for how to approach this,” the source said.
The train has gone off the tracks, said Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge. It will be a few days before the tracks can be seen again.
Health officials in East Palestine, Ohio were just beginning door-to-door health surveys when the train derailed, causing widespread panic and delaying their response to the impending public health crisis.
Five cars carrying vinyl chloride, a carcinogen, were ‘controlled burned’ by authorities after the Norfolk Southern train derailed on February 3.
Locals have been reporting weird symptoms ever since.
40-year-old Wade Lovett claims he began having breathing problems and a high-pitched, Mickey Mouse-like voice immediately after the chemical incident.
He gave his thoughts on the situation’s worsening to DailyMail.com today. Moreover, some people have been reporting sunburn-like injuries and coughing up gray mucus, both of which may be related to chemical exposure.
With Vice President Biden’s approval, 19 CDC workers will soon approach residents in their areas to conduct 30-minute surveys.
This week, CDC representatives will not only be relocating to neighboring Pennsylvania but will also be focusing on first responders at the derailment site.
The toxic chemicals released have been linked to several health problems, including cancer, but they have not been definitively tied to the derailment.
Airway inflammation in the bronchi is a common side effect of chemical exposure, and it goes by several names.
Several symptoms include a persistent cough that produces a lot of mucus, as well as chest pain, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
When air is pushed through inflamed airways, it causes wheezing and, in some cases, a high-pitched voice.
Mucus often has a bluish or greenish hue to it. Inhaled irritants may give phlegm its dark color.
Experts at Mount Sinai warn that breathing in this irritant over time can permanently harm the lungs.