BLADENBORO, NC (WECT) – An evacuation in effect for hundreds living and working in the town of Bladenboro following a CSX freight train derailment was lifted around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Those who were forced out of their homes can now head back, according to Cpt. Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.
The crash happened around 4 p.m. behind the Bladenboro Church of God at 702 West Seaboard Street.
The crash prompted folks from Seaboard Street to Village Street to be evacuated and sent to Bladenboro Middle School.
CSX officials say that 9 out of 105 tanker cars overturned.
Out of those 9 cars, 4 were carrying what is considered to be hazardous materials. One had Anhydrous Ammonia, which is a fertilizer. Three others were empty, but a CSX official explained that because the cars once carried flammable liquid, they're still considered to be hazardous.
It could be Tuesday or Wednesday before the ammonia is pumped out, and another two to three weeks until the crash is officially cleared.
The cars that derailed did not leak, and CSX specialists are on the scene for safety precautions.
The train was on its way to Wilmington from Hamlet.
According to Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw, more than 150 emergency personnel were at the site of the crash, including county and local emergency responders and a Hazmat team.
Kinlaw added that no injuries have been reported.
EMS officials transported people to the school who were unable to get there during the evacuation.
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