HAMILTON – Cleanup was underway late Monday after a train carrying hydrogen peroxide derailed in Hamilton.
According to a spokesperson with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the train derailed about 8:40 a.m. Monday at the crossing near Hollivay Road. No injuries were reported.
The spokesperson said two lead locomotives and at least 10 cars left the tracks. He said the likely cause was a tree that had been blown down across the tracks by severe weather.
The cleanup effort was implemented by Monroe County Emergency Management Director Bunky Goza.
“We were notified by BNSF about the derailment,” Goza said. “We notified the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, who were the first on the scene. We realized we were going to need some assistance after assessing the situation. We were assisted by the HAZ-MAT team from the Columbus Air Force Base as well as responders from the city of Columbus and the city of Starkville.”
Goza said at least three of the cars were reported to be leaking hydrogen peroxide. As a precaution, no entry was allowed in a 500-yard area around the accident.
“This leak was quickly contained,” Gozas said.
Goza said the leak did not hurt the environment and no boil water notice was issued.
Officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Burlington Northern Sante Fe, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies helped in the cleanup.
According to Monroe County Administrator Sonny Clay, the cleanup effort had been handed over to representatives with BNSF late Monday afternoon.
JEFF CLARK / Monroe Journal