‘Stay clear!’: Train carrying hazardous materials derails and catches fire in Maine

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The latest train derailment occurred in Maine on Saturday. This derailment is especially worrisome since the train was reportedly carrying hazardous material and it caught fire. The train with toxic materials derailed and caught on fire near Maine’s largest body of fresh water.

A train transporting hazardous material derailed on Saturday in Rockwood, Maine. The area in the western part of the state is mostly rural. The train derailment happened near Moosehead Lake – one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the state.

The Rockwood Fire & Rescue warned local citizens, “Train derailment with fire north of Rockwood, hazzard materials please stay clear!”

There were reportedly multiple train cars that veered off the track.

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It was not specified what kind of hazardous materials the derailed train was transporting.

The Facebook page for the Rockwood Fire & Rescue posted a photo of the train derailment in the snow-covered area near a river.

Somerset County Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Smith told CNN that state responders and emergency agencies from Northern Somerset County were “on scene.”

The Portland Press Herald reported, “First responders say the derailment is 3 miles east of Demo Road Bridge. Crews are using heavy equipment to clear a snowmobile trail to get access to the scene.”

It is unclear if anyone was injured from the train derailment.

KOKI-TV reported, “The tracks in that area are Central Maine and Quebec Railroad tracks which are now owned by Canadian Pacific Railway.”

Train derailments have garnered much more attention since the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio.

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