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Freight train derails in rural Maryland

Town evacuated after phosphoric acid leak


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(CNN) -- A freight train carrying a hazardous material derailed Saturday in northeastern Maryland, forcing the evacuation of a small community. No injuries were reported, said a spokesman for the Cecil County Department of Public Safety.

Twenty cars of the CSX train -- some of which were carrying phosphoric acid -- derailed two miles north of the town of North East near Interstate 95, Mike Dixon said. He didn't know how many cars were in the train, if all jumped the track or which way the train was going.

The wreck was reported about 12:30 p.m. About an hour later, residents of Timberbrook were evacuated and taken to a fire station in Elkton, Dixon said.

North East is about 30 miles southwest of Wilmington, Delaware.

Phosphoric acid is mostly used in the production of agricultural fertilizers, with the remainder used for detergent additives, cleaners, insecticide production, and cattle feed additives.


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