Train derails near Wheeling & York in East Toledo
Three out 187 cars of a CSX train derailed on Toledo's east side Sunday morning.
The derailment happened at about 8:00AM near Wheeling and York.
Two cars were empty and the third one was filled with 30,000 gallons of Toluene.
According to Lt. Hertzfeld, the power lines that were hit by the train have since been deenergized. Fire crews are currently working to maintain the integrity of the scene and monitor the cars for any leaks.
Earlier on Sunday, the tankers hit a high-tension electrical tower, prompting officials to raise concerns about a potential ignition source for an explosion of the chemical Toluene inside.
Hertzfeld says the threat for an explosion has been minimized and crews are closely monitoring the scene.
According to OSHA, toluene is a clear, colorless liquid which becomes a vapor when exposed to air at room temperature. Toluene is also flammable, and its vapors can be ignited by flames, sparks or other ignition sources.
Toluene is typically used in a mixture with other solvents and chemicals such as paint pigment, nail polish, varnish and gasoline.
Without proper ventilation and safety precautions, toluene can cause irritated eyes, nose, and throat; dry or cracked skin; headache, dizziness, feeling of being drunk, confusion and anxiety.
People in two neighboring buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.
One resident living in the Birmingham neighborhood heard a loud rumble, that shook her house and big sparks could be seen.
According to dispatchers, no one was hurt.
The following roads in the area are blocked: York and Wheeling, Wheeling and Stitt, Paine and Consaul, the 2500 block of Consaul and Seaman and Reed.
It is not clear at this time when the scene will be cleaned up.