BALTIMORE (WJZ) — No one was injured Monday night after a freight train derailed in North Baltimore, City Fire officials say.
The 21 box cars included a water tank that was empty, officials said. It happened on Sisson Street at W. 24th Street just after 7 p.m.
According to CSX, the cars were either empty or carrying pulpwood or sand.
"The fire department has walked the tracks and examined the cars and they are all box cars, nothing that's carrying anything hazardous," said Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark.
Chief Roman Clark said none of the train cars were carrying any hazardous material. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
"CSX is working closely with and appreciates the quick response by Baltimore fire and police departments as well as the Maryland Department of Transportation. The safety of the community and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan," CSX said in a statement Monday.
The derailment prompted CSX to shut down all rail cars coming through the area, and it's working with Baltimore Fire to learn what caused this to happen.
As a precaution, several streets, including Sisson and Huntington are blocked temporarily.
"The emergency response is here to assist CSX at this point and to make sure the area is secured which it is at this time," Clark said.
CSX said the safety of the community and everyone here on site is its top priority as it develops a recovery plan.
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