The Meridian Fire Department and rescue units were called to the railroad crossing on Virginia Drive late Saturday afternoon because of a train derailment.
Five cars of a Kansas City Southern train were involved. The train had been hauling a non-toxic chemical but officials say they were empty at the time of the derailment.
"A call came in at 4:20 this afternoon saying that there was five tanks overturned, railroad tanks. We know that they had propylene oxide in it," said Bunky Partridge, director of homeland security. "We know the tanks are empty, but we also know there's ten percent residue in it. There's no danger to the public right now and the railroad is here to start the cleanup."
MEMBERS OF THE MERIDIAN FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY HAD THE SCENE CONTAINED WHEN NEWSCENTER 11 ARRIVED. KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN WILL CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION.
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