Chagrin/Southeast Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team
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Ohio Hazmat TAC
July 13, 2000
Walton Hills, Ohio
On 1336 hrs, the Oakwood and Maple Heights Fire Departments responded to a reported
train derailment in Walton Hills.
On arrival, they found a 21 car derailment from a 120 car Norfolk Southern train.
The derailment included numerous box cars, gondola cars and tank cars.
Only one tank car was determined to be leaking acid, but several two locomotives
were leaking large quantities of diesel fuel.
Hazmat team members worked with the railroad, fire departments and contractors to
contain the leaking products.
A dam was built to limit the flow of diesel into a nearby stream. The leaking acid
car was plugged and the contractor began clearing tracks.
Nearby homes were initially evacuated but were re-occupied before nightfall. The
track was repaired and re-opened the following day.
Hazmat specialists and OEPA officials monitored the chemical cleanup for the next
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