Train cars derail in New Orleans East

Three tank cars derailed Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans East, according to the NOFD.

It happened around 12:45 at the CSX rail yard in the 7800 block of Almonaster Blvd.

The NOFD says a safe perimeter was placed around the derailed cars.

NOFD Hazardous Materials personnel confirmed all three cars were empty.  One car did contain residue of molten phenol (a flammable, corrosive, and toxic acid), but there was no rupture of the cars involved and the derailment posed no hazard to the public.

CSX is currently attempting to upright the empty cars, which should be completed later in the afternoon.

No injuries were reported.

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