Train fire forces evacuation of 5,000 people - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Train fire forces evacuation of 5,000 people

Officers near the train fire location (Source: WBIR) Officers near the train fire location (Source: WBIR)
BLOUNT COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

At least 5,000 people living in east Tennessee have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Around midnight Thursday, a train caught fire in Blount County.

The train was hauling a flammable and poisonous liquid called Acrylonitrile.

Emergency crews forced anyone within a two-mile radius of the train crash to evacuate.

Deputies said the evacuations could remain in place for as long as 48 hours.

According to the EPA's website, Acrylonitrile is primarily used in the manufacture of acrylic and modacrylic fibers. It is known to cause mucous membrane irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

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