This past Friday, three CSX freight trains derailed in Indiana, causing officials to evacuate residents from their homes in fear of hazardous materials and dangerous smoke.
A representative for the Porter County Sheriff’s Office said that the railroad accident occurred 11 miles northeast of Valparaiso, IN, around 1:15 p.m. A train that was stopped on the westbound tracks was rear-ended by a second train, derailing many cars from both. A third train, travelling eastbound on a parallel track, then struck the derailed cars. Many of the cars were empty but a number of them carried hazardous materials.
Of the six crew members, only two were taken to the hospital with injuries.
Indiana residents returned to their homes early Friday night, according to Porter County Emergency Management Director Phil Griffith.
Since the railroad accident involved hazardous materials and were on fire after the wreck, the National Transportation Safety Board sent out hazardous materials teams and investigators along with local firefighters and EMS.
Hazardous materials and smoke can lead to severe, life-altering injuries, and even death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a railroad accident, you need to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Indiana railroad accident lawyer Ken Nunn has been fighting for the rights of injured victims for more than four decades. He has represented injured train accident victims in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Merrillville, Lafayette, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Evansville, and throughout Indiana.
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