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HAMILTON, MS. – A 110 car freight train traveling through Hamilton, Mississippi derailed Monday morning October 25th, according to authorities. Three of the cars were carrying hydrogen peroxide which forced the evacuation of some nearby residents. Hazardous material teams from Columbus AFB and Columbus were called to the scene.

BNSF train derails in Hamilton, MS. Photo Credit: (Wayne Hereford) reports that the incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. at the railroad crossing near Hollivay Road.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad spokesperson said the two lead locomotives and 13 cars left the tracks. After they investigated the wreck, they determined only two of the cars were leaking and have since lifted a buffer zone 500 yards around the site.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Residents who were evacuated as a precaution have been allowed to return to their homes.

Officials are asking people who do not live in the area to please stay away while they continue to work to clean up the derailment.

BNSF officials are looking into a report that strong overnight storms in the area may have caused a tree to fall across the tracks.

The accident remains under investigation.

Published by FELA lawyer news blog at Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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