Cleanup continues at site of train derailment in Ashland County

ASHTABULA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - According to officials with the Ashland County Emergency Management Agency and Norfolk Southern Railroad, a train derailed just outside of Loudonville around 2 a.m. Saturday.

The freight train had 15 cars derail near State Route 39 . The road was closed between Loudonville and Perrysville for most of the day Saturday, but has since been reopened.

Norfolk Southern spokesperson Jon Glass said four of the derailed cars contained product regulated as hazardous materials. One tank car carrying propane was punctured and released an unknown amount of propane. Another hopper carrying zinc oxide also spilled.

These four cars have been secured, according to Glass. Contractors who specialize in hazmat materials were on-site for cleanup. Officials say residents should not be concerned.

In addition, three cars carrying soybean meal and corn spilled some product, but that has been cleaned up.

As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the derailed cars have been cleared away from the tacks and the company is working on removing them.

The train was on it's way from Bellevue, Ohio to Conway, Pennsylvania. Glass said the train had two locomotives and 125 cars-53 were loaded and 72 were empty. There were two crew members on board, an engineer and a conductor. They were not hurt.

Norfolk Southern released the following statement:

"Norfolk Southern appreciates the professional response and assistance provided by local first responders in the hours following the 2:10 a.m. derailment, including the Loudonville and Perrysville fire departments, the Mansfield and Ashland hazmat teams, Ashland County Emergency Management, local emergency medical service, and local law enforcement."

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Norfolk Southern operates two tracks through the area and expect to open at least one of the tracks by Sunday afternoon.

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