Train derailment causes 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide to spill in SW Bexar County

Multiple cars went off tracks

By Chris Shadrock - Web - News Producer

SAN ANTONIO - A train derailed in Southwest Bexar County Sunday afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said the train was carrying 60,000 gallons of sodium hydroxid, a caustic substance. It is believed approximately 1,000 gallons spilt as a result of the derailment.

Multiple first responders from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Sheriff's Office, Somerset Fire Department and Union Pacific responded to the scene along Fischer and Quintana roads.

That is in an industrial area just southwest of Loop 410 and Interstate 35.

Nearby Traders Village was evacuated until the area was deemed safe.

An environmental group has been placed in charge of cleaning up the area. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

 

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