MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT) -- About 5,000 people were evacuated overnight in response to a train derailment and dangerous chemical fire in East Tennessee.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says a CSX train hauling toxic chemicals derailed near the Old Mt. Tabor Road crossing in Maryville at around midnight. One of the train’s nine cars reportedly left the track and caught fire.
The train is said to be carrying a clear, colorless, toxic, highly flammable liquid called Acrylonitrile.