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22 of 24 train cars removed from Falmouth, officials say

A train carrying a hazardous chemical has derailed in Falmouth in Pendleton County, forcing the evacuation of an elementary school along with a portion of town, according to city leaders and various reports.
A train carrying a hazardous chemical has derailed in Falmouth in Pendleton County, forcing the evacuation of an elementary school along with a portion of town, according to city leaders and various reports. Photo provided by The Falmouth Outlook

As of Thursday night, 22 of 24 train cars had been removed from Falmouth’s streets after a train went off the rails Wednesday.

CSX officials said that the train tracks will be repaired once the last two cars are removed. A train derailed Wednesday morning near Woodson Street in Falmouth while transporting 76 loaded cars and 49 empty cars from Cincinnati to Atlanta.

Of the 24 derailed cars, four carried sulfuric acid, but the hazardous materials did not leak, CSX said. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The CSX Community Outreach Center at Pendleton County High School will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

On Wednesday night, CSX said it would reimburse Falmouth residents for expenses related to the derailment, including out-of-pockets expenses, lost wages and business interruption. To be reimbursed, residents must bring receipts and other documentation, a government-issued identification and proof of residency. CSX was finalizing a mail-in process Thursday evening.

Falmouth residents who have questions regarding the derailment may call the CSX Falmouth derailment hotline at 1 (800) 331-4031.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley

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