New Video: Train Derailment Causes Fiery Explosion in Columbus, Ohio
New video shows a train derailment in Columbus, Ohio that led to a fiery explosion and evacuations earlier today. A loud blast can be heard and then fire lights up the dark sky as witnesses start running to safety. Reportedly, some of the freight cars were carrying ethanol, which sparked the blast when they went off the tracks. Witnesses say it looked like part of the sun exploded.
Mike Tobin reported that two people suffered minor injuries and firefighters have gained control of the situation. The evacuation zone was originally a mile-wide, but has now been reduced and most residents should be back in their homes by
later this evening. Tobin said the good news is that the ethanol is not toxic when it burns; and hazmat crews were able to get the cars carrying styrene, a plastic substance that is toxic when burned, away from the fire.