Minter City Train Derailment

 
Site Contact:
Jason Booth
FOSC

(booth.jason@epa.gov)

Site Location:
Minter City, MS 38944
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NRC#: 1112148

Per NRC Report # 1112148, on March 30th, 2015, Illinois Central Railroad had 7 train cars derail. The investigation of the derailment is ongoing. The 7 derailed cars included 3 boxcars, 3 loaded auto racks and 1 tank car (UTLX 640074) loaded with dicyclopentadiene. The tank car was holed at the bottom outlet valve and situated with the dome at the 3 o'clock position. Approximately 23,000 gallons of dicyclopentadiene was released.

The closest waterway is Little Tallahatchie river less than 1/4 mile south of wreck. There has been no signs of impact to the waterway. The spill occurred on an agricultural field north of the rail line. Product has also been observed in a drainage ditch north of the ballast and flowing west, and then flowing north into a wooded area.

Per CNRR, no other dangerous goods have been involved in the derailment at this time.

Residents have not been impacted by the release of the dicyclopentadiene or the derailment in general.


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