HITCHCOCK, Texas — A train derailment that leaked ethanol from two overturned tank cars forced the Tuesday evening evacuation of roughly 40 families, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.
A total of six tankers left the track, five of which overturned, a BNSF Railway company spokesman said.
Authorities were called about 8 p.m. to the 4200 block of North Railroad in Freddiesville, which is an unincorporated area between Hitchcock and Bayou Vista, Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said.
Hitchcock firefighters and deputies evacuated Freddiesville residents living south of state Highway 6 between Western Drive and North Railroad. The highway remained closed in both directions at 10:30 p.m., Hitchcock police Chief Clay Kennelly said.
Authorities set up a shelter for evacuees at Crosby Middle School in Hitchcock. The shelter closed, however, when only a family of four arrived and later found other accommodations, Kennelly said.