Train cars collide on Indy’s near west side, IFD works to clean up leaking chemicals

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating a large chemical spill involving a train on the city’s near west side.

According to authorities, several train cars with grain and liquid were parked on the main line for some unknown reason, and then the cars were hit by a train coming through because it couldn’t stop on time.

The collision occurred at South Harding Street and West Henry Street just before 10 a.m.

Authorities say the leaking chemical is non-toxic and non-flammable.  The incident closed the train crossings at Belmont and Washington streets.

The cause of the accident is still under investigations by CSX officials. CSX will off-load the non-flammable liquid into other storage vessels and a clean-up team will be called in for the spilled portion of the material.

Rob Doolittle, Asst. VP Media & Communications for CSX, issued this statement:

“Indianapolis and Marion County emergency responders and CSX personnel are at the scene of an incident involving the release of grain and some non-hazardous lubricating oil from two rail cars involved in a collision near the intersection of White River Parkway Drive and West Washington Street in Indianapolis. The incident occurred at approximately 9:50 a.m. today. The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation. No injuries have been reported. CSX has additional employees and contractors responding to the scene to address the commodities that have been spilled.  CSX appreciates the quick and comprehensive response by Indianapolis and Marion County emergency services personnel.”

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