About 100 homes have been evacuated in Louisiana after a derailed train carriage leaked toxic chemicals.
The railcar leaked sodium hydroxide, which can be lethal if inhaled, a Union Pacific railways spokeswoman said.
About 100 homes have been evacuated in Louisiana after a derailed train carriage leaked toxic chemicals
More than 20 train carriages went off tracks near Lawtell, west of Baton Rouge, at 15:30 local time on Sunday. The engineer and conductor were not hurt.
Air pollution was not detected. The extent of the damage would be known soon, state governor Bobby Jindal said.
“Anytime you have chemicals leaking into the environment, that’s a serious issue,” he added.
It is not yet known what caused the derailment.
Raquel Espinoza of Union Pacific said another damaged carriage was carrying vinyl chloride, but it was not leaking.
A man who was near the derailment sought medical attention after reporting a burning sensation in his eyes, Raquel Espinoza said.
State police said a road next to the tracks would be closed for at least two days.
Two people died and other 14 were injured after a train carrying toxic, flammable chemicals derailed and caused a major fire near the Belgian city of Ghent.
The train was travelling from the Netherlands to Ghent’s seaport when it derailed as it changed tracks between the towns of Schellebelle and Wetteren at about 02.00 a.m.
Six of the train’s 13 cars derailed and three caught fire, setting off a series of explosions.
Two people died and other 14 were injured after a train carrying toxic, flammable chemicals derailed and caused a major fire near the Belgian city of Ghent
It is unclear how the two people died.
More than 300 people were evacuated from the area.
Local official Jan Briers said: “Everything is well organized, I think, and right now, there is no reason to increase the safety zone.”
The fire was brought under control later on Saturday morning but residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed.
The commander of the Ghent fire brigade, Christian van de Voorde, said the best way to limit the spread of toxic chemicals had been to let the fire burn out.