Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) offered the following statement on today’s derailment of a CXS train hauling hazardous materials near Hyndman, PA and emergency response efforts currently taking place to ensure public safety.
“Today, residents in Southern Bedford County have experienced a serious disaster which occurred when a CSX freight train hauling hazardous material derailed near Hyndman, PA. Although there were no reported injuries or fatalities, residents were cleared within a one-mile radius, and the entire town has since been evacuated. Three of the train cars in question that were carrying asphalt have exploded and are currently engulfed in flames.
“There is currently a large emergency response effort taking place that includes dozens of first responders as well as members from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Department of Health (DOH),” Langerholc said. “All roads leading to Hyndman have been closed, and there is a 3-mile no flight radius around the area, as well. DEP is working with CSX to monitor the potential environmental impacts, DOH is preparing to conduct air and ground studies to assess any potential health effects, and all of our area first responders are diligently working to ensure public safety and minimize any further damages.
“CSX has set-up a community outreach center at Hyndman Ministry Church, located at 152 Hyndman Road, where anyone impacted by the train derailment and evacuation can ask questions and seek additional resources,” Langerholc continued. “In addition, CSX will be supporting the displaced community members by providing food, lodging, transportation and other necessities. Community members can also call 1-800-331-4031 if they have any questions. I ask that you pray for those who are working so hard to resolve this disastrous problem.”
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