Emergency crews were called to a train car derailment on the south side of Columbus Thursday morning.
The report was near Hosack Street and Parsons Avenue around 11:30 a.m.
According to police, one train car had detached and flipped.
All residents and businesses in the area were evacuated. Some were not home at the time of the derailment, but others had no place to go.
An acetone-based solvent was being carried by the Norfolk Southern railroad car that flipped. It did not leak but is considered flammable.
Johnny Davis said he watched the car flip and called 911.
“Probably about 15 minutes after they got here and assessed the situation, they decided it would be good for us to move one black away, just in case,” Davis said.
HAZMAT crews quickly determined the container was not leaking or damaged and did not pose an immediate risk.
“It’s kind of a bummer, because my little girl has to be packing to go to college in the morning, so this kind of put her behind,” Davis said.
Late Thursday afternoon, cranes and other equipment arrived on scene to do the heavy lifting.
Authorities said that the rail car would have to be righted before the container carrying the hazardous material could be secured and safely removed.
Fire responders were on standby while neighbors said that these types of threats come with living on either side of the tracks.
“We’re used to it, with having the tracks right behind the house,” Davis said. “But I mean, you know, we’d like to know what kind of chemical car it is, if it’s dangerous or whatever.”
Fire officials said that they had not received any reports of illness or injury in connection with the accident.
Police had to shut down a portion of Parsons Avenue while crews worked to right the vehicle.
Parsons Avenue near Hosack Street was expected to be closed until about 6 p.m.
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