BREAKING: Mass Evacuation Underway

( – BREAKING NOW: A train derailment involving many rail cars has triggered a mass evacuation of homes and businesses due to hazardous materials.

As the Daily Mail recounts in “Homes are evacuated in Pennsylvania town after Norfolk Southern freight train with up to 20 hazardous cars derails“:

“A Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed in southeastern Pennsylvania Monday morning, causing road closures and a mass evacuation.

“The 40-car freight train derailed near Stenton Avenue and Joshua Road in Whitemarsh Township just before 5am, sending roughly half of its cars off the tracks.

“An unspecified number of residents in the suburb 15 miles from Philly have since been evacuated, as well as several businesses closest to the derailment site.

“Sources told local stations these precautions – as well as a Level 2 hazmat response – stemmed from the fact that 15 to 20 cars were believed to be carrying hazardous materials.” [emphasis added]

Pennsylvania’s Governor Josh Shapiro issued a statement, saying:

“My team and I are monitoring the train derailment in Whitemarsh Twp and assisting local first responders. Thank you to the residents taking precautions at the direction of local authorities. I urge you to continue following their instruction.”