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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Train Derailment in Jesup


JESUP (KWWL) - Six homes have been evacuated in Jesup after a train derailment.  7 cars of a CN freight train went off the tracks along the rail line in downtown Jesup around 4pm.  CN spokesman Patrick Waldron tells KWWL News, 4 cars were carrying denatured alcohol.  That's ethanol which is rendered toxic, undrinkable, or in some cases, dryed.  Waldron says 3 cars fell on their side and another 4 stayed upright.  2 cars were empty, another car was carrying dried grain.   Waldron says there is no leak and no-one was injured.  Crews are investigating what caused the train cars to derail.  They're working to clear the tracks but it's not clear how long that may take.  Emergency crews evacuated nearby homes and business north of the tracks as a precaution.  The Red Cross has opened shelters at the Presbyterian Church and the American Lutheran Church in Jesup for evacuees.  An emergency response vehicle is arriving soon to provide food and water.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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