Chemical leaking after Central Texas derailment


NAVASOTA, Texas (AP) — More than a half-dozen Union Pacific tanker cars have derailed in Central Texas and some are leaking a chemical used in natural gas processing.

The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office says nobody was hurt in Monday’s derailment near Navasota, about 65 miles northwest of Houston. Eight Union Pacific cars overturned in Central Texas, and at least one tanker leaked the hazardous chemical.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Elizabeth Hutchison says the 127-car train originated in Houston and was bound for Fort Worth when the derailment happened around 6:15 a.m. Monday. She says one car leaked diethanolamine and that crews worked to clean up the area.

Chief Deputy Todd Greene says diethanolamine is the chemical leaking and says deputies have closed nearby Highway 6 during the cleanup. Nobody has been evacuated.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the derailment.

Sheriff Don Sowell told KBTX-TV that there may be damage to the Highway 6 overpass.

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