Bayer MaterialScience LLC released an official statement Tuesday afternoon, addressing the train derailment at their New Martinsville site.
"Fourteen cars of a freight train derailed this morning on a CSX main rail line that runs through property owned by Bayer MaterialScience LLC adjacent to its New Martinsville Industrial Park in West Virginia. There were no injuries. Two of the derailed cars, which contained solid caustic, have spilled. None of the derailed cars contained Bayer product. Representatives of CSX and local environmental officials are on site. Bayer safety, hazmat and transportation officials are monitoring the situation. It is undetermined at this time if the incident will disrupt Bayer plant operations. Caustic is used in the production of paper, textiles, detergent and other products."
According to railroad company CSX, 12 of their cars were derailed around 3 o'clock Tuesday morning in Proctor, West Virginia.
CSX said some of the 12 cars were carrying chlorine, but none of it leaked. Additionally, a small amount of a solid substance called sodium hydroxide did spill from one of the cars, but there were no injuries or evacuations.
CSX has a crew on scene and en route to clean the spilled materials.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
According to New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, the derailment happened just North of Proctor and there was no chemicals spilled.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department said the accident happened at the Bayer Plant.
PPG and Bayer crews are on the scene investigating the accident with the New Martinsville Fire Department.
According to Marshall County 911, Route 2 has now reopened.
A portion of Route 2 in Marshall County has been closed due to a major train derailment Tuesday morning.
According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Route 2 has been closed at Birch Ridge after a train was derailed by the Bayer Plant.
Traffic is being diverted up and around Birch Ridge.
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