Ethanol leak from train derailment in Hitchcock prompts evacuations

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by Chris Paschenko/ The Daily News

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Posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM

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.

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