Maryville Train Derailment

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 3:50pm

Around 11:50 p.m., EST, on July 1, 2015, CSX Railroad reported a tank car on fire near Maryville, Tenn., 15 miles south of Knoxville, in Blount County.   The southbound, two-engine train was carrying 57 cars, 25 of which contained hazardous material.  The impacted car was loaded with 25,000 gallons of acrylonitrile, a flammable and toxic substance.  Initial reports indicated the train had derailed, but local officials at the scene subsequently determined that the impacted car had been punctured by its axel or wheel. Local officials also ordered an evacuation within a 2-mile radius of the site affecting between 2,500 to 5,000 people.

 

Reported Injuries:  Blount Memorial Hospital reports it has seen 52 people from the incident; the hospital admitted 25 patients (24 for observation and 1 who is in stable condition) and has released 27 of the patients from its care.

 

Local officials report the tanker fire is out as of 5 p.m., CST, but is still leaking and poses a fire hazard, and the evacuation order remains in place.

 

RESPONSE ACTIONS

 

Blount County Fire is the lead responding agency and has established incident command at its fire station, 418 W. Broadway in Maryville.
Knoxville Fire Department HazMat providing mutual aid assistance to Blount County.
Blount County officials have issued a do not consumer water notice for the affected area.
TEMA deployed two District Coordinators to the incident scene to assist local responders with any resource requests. 
The National Guard’s 45th Civil Support Team providing on-scene air monitoring.
TN Dept. of Transportation representative is at TEMA and providing information and updates.
TN Highway Patrol has a strike team on standby to assist local officials and is helping with transporting testing kits to Blount Memorial Hospital.
TN Dept. of Health is monitoring for health impacts to first responders and public.
TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation has deployed personnel to incident command to monitor environmental impacts.
TN Dept. of Agriculture is researching issues of concern for local area farmers with livestock.
American Red Cross has opened shelters at Heritage High School, with approximately 85 occupants.
Some area child care facilities have closed and a local Walmart has been tested for air quality.
EPA providing assistance with toxicology questions regarding vegetable farms.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency