CSX Train Derailment, Maryville, Tennessee – July 2, 2015
A CSX train carrying hazardous materials, including acrylonitrile, a highly toxic and flammable liquid, derailed due to unknown causes. The train wreck caused a firery plume of chemicals to spread over the area of Maryville, Tennessee and forced a mandatory evacuation of all people in a two mile radius of the train accident. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with several other authorities, was called to investigate the effects of the chemical spill while the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) investigated the cause of the train crash. After this recent train accident, 87 people were treated at a nearby hospital and another 36 were admitted, including 10 first responders, due to respiratory issues caused by inhaling fumes from the burning chemicals. Additionally, 5,000 residents were displaced after the accident and people were asked not to drink or even contact the water until further testing was completed. Subsequently, dead fish in the nearby creek were determined to have died at the same time as the train crash, pointing to more possible water contamination.