Early on Saturday in Maine, a freight train carrying hazardous commodities derailed, but the materials are not believed to be endangering the public’s safety, according to officials.
The small hamlet in central Maine’s Rockwood is served by Rockwood Fire & Rescue, which stated in a post on Facebook that there were hazardous items on board the train when it derailed and that this resulted in a fire. People nearby were also instructed to “stay clear” of the area.
Later, the fire department shared a picture of the incident, in which many train carriages were on fire.
However, a representative for Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited informed CBS News that no evacuations were required and there was no danger to the general public’s safety. Three locomotives and railway carriages carrying timber allegedly caught fire, but the vehicles carrying hazardous chemicals were unaffected.
According to the spokesman, the disaster occurred at roughly 8:30 a.m. as a result of a “track washout,” which occurs when intense rain washes away the road beneath the train track. They said that it took place in a remote forested region.
According to CBS, the disaster happened close to Moosehead Lake, one of Maine’s biggest freshwater lakes.
After the Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, at the beginning of February, there has been increased focus on such instances around the nation.
Thousands of homes were evacuated for days as a result of the derailment, which caused toxic chemicals to flow into the environment. Even when authorities claimed it was safe for them to return, residents still complained of ailments including rashes and respiratory difficulties.