Wet weather causes freight train carrying acid to derail

Wet weather causes freight train carrying acid to derail


WENDELL, Mass. — A freight train carrying acid has derailed in Massachusetts because of stormy weather.

State fire officials say a Pan Am Railways partial freight train derailed early Saturday morning in Wendell, a rural town of about 800 residents next to the Connecticut River Valley. They say they believe wet weather was the cause.

Four of the six cars overturned. One of the tank cars was filled with hydrochloric acid, which is corrosive and is used for making batteries, fireworks and other products.

An evaluation of the car reveals no hazardous-material leaks or reactions took place. A hazmat team responded to be certain.

No one was injured in the derailment.

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