Train derailments can result in chemical spills and releases. These incidents can vary considerably in significance. The chances of a train derailment with a hazardous chemical or bio substance release is the same as the odds of your child growing up to play in the NFL. However, despite the limited number of incidents that occur each year, the danger is significant. Train rail cars go through towns daily carrying everything from explosives to class-nine miscellaneous chemicals. If it is possible for the appropriate governmental or corporate agency involved to clean up the spill or stop the release safely, then this is the first option.
If a chemical or hazardous material release occurs near you:
What to do after a HAZMAT incident…
The following are guidelines for dealing with the aftermath of a Hazardous Material release incident.