CSX says propane fire at derailment is out; sulfur fires not

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 4, 2017 9:36 AM

(Hyndman) -- A propane fire caused when at least 32 freight cars derailed in a small Bedford County town has burned itself out overnight.

But CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle says smaller sulfur fires continued burning today as crews worked to clean up the mess from Wednesday morning's derailment in Hyndman. It's about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

He says the next priority is moving some of the rail cars so crews can better access and battle the sulfur fires.

About 1,000 people in the town will remain evacuated, most staying in area hotels, because of the remaining fires.

Nobody was injured or killed in the derailment. Doolittle says 17 cars were either put back on the rails or otherwise prepared for removal overnight.

The American Red Cross and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are helping evacuees.

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