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Train Carrying Fertilizers Derails in Greenville, NC

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Greenville, North Carolina (NC) police and fire officials continue to investigate a train derailment that occurred April 30. The accident occurred between Charles Blvd. and Evans St. in Greenville.

The train was carrying ammonium polyphosphate, which is an agricultural ingredient used in fertilizers. The product is not hazardous in nature, but the community still was alerted to the problem by local authorities.

The train is owned by CSX, and two of the five train cars that carried the material ended up leaking. CSX also sent trained response professionals to the accident scene. Other environmental experts arrived at the scene as well to fully assess the situation and to determine what to do.


The cause of the derailment still is being studied. Several items are being examined, such as the speed of the train, when the brakes were pressed, the condition of the train cars and conditions of the track.

Greenville Fire-Rescue, CSX Police, Greenville Police and North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team responded to the crash.

Other media sources reported that the train jumped the track due to a ‘technical glitch,’ and recent heavy rains and flooding in the area were not a factor.

Train safety has become a national issue in recent months. Earlier in May, a train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, VA, and several cars carrying oil fell into the James River.