A freight train carrying chemicals derailed in North Dakota on Wednesday, causing a hazardous materials response and a temporary evacuation of the area.
The train, which was owned by BNSF Railway, derailed in Sidney, North Dakota, at approximately 4:45 am local time. According to a statement from the company, at least four cars were involved in the derailment, including two cars containing hazardous materials.
The two cars contained anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous chemical commonly used in agriculture. While no injuries were reported, authorities ordered the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses as a precaution.
The evacuation order was lifted after the hazardous materials were secured and the area was deemed safe. BNSF Railway is now conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.
This is the latest in a series of chemical train derailments in the US this year. In February, a train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Illinois, while another train carrying ethanol derailed in Indiana in March.
The increasing frequency of these incidents has raised concerns over the safety measures in place to protect the public from these hazardous materials. In response, some lawmakers have proposed tougher regulations on the railroads that transport these chemicals.
The North Dakota derailment is yet another reminder of the potential dangers posed by chemical trains and the need to put better safety measures in place.