St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-05 07:45:00 –
Wood River, Illinois, Ill (KMOV.com) – A shelter ordered at Wood River was reissued on Saturday afternoon as a railroad vehicle released sulfuric acid three days ago.
Due to changes in the atmosphere at sunrise, the Code Red Shelter-in-Place will be issued in the Little Italy area just south of Route 143, and Route 3 will be temporarily closed due to track mitigation measures.
Norfolk Southern Railway was informed Wednesday afternoon that a stopped railcar containing spent sulfuric acid was overpressurized and exhausted. The railcar was picked up from the Phillips 66 refinery and was part of a group of five performed while waiting for pick-up by the KCS Railroad.
One worker suffered from exhaust fumes. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
Throughout the night, Norfolk Southern personnel, dangerous goods crew, and local paramedics monitored the scene and accessed the situation.
“While they were monitoring the air around the area, they began to notice some of the levels they were concerned about,” said Brad Wells, police chief of Wood River.
Two adjacent railcars also started venting due to overpressure. So, around 4 am, an evacuation order was issued to the residents in the southwestern part of the town.
“So they called at 4:02 am and talked about what was happening,” said Jill Rosenklans.
The first shelter was in the area south of Route 143, west of Route 111, north of West Third Street, and east of North Old Edwardsville Road. Residents of the affected areas were advised to stay indoors, turn off heating and cooling equipment and close windows. More than 430 homes and businesses expired at 6am on Friday and were placed under the shelter in turn.
After the shelter-in-place was lifted, Wood River police confirmed in News 4 that Route 3 was closed from Route 143 to Hawthorne due to steam clouds from a vented rail car. The road was 7:40 am It resumed around the minute.
Tracey Sorgea lives in an affected neighborhood and was not happy with the prospect of no air conditioning.
“Do you really need to turn off the air conditioner? I’m saying yes! And I think it’s probably necessary because I’m saying it’s a chemical leak or something. So I’m certainly a little worried. It was, “she said.
Wood River firefighters sprayed water on the railcars at the vents. This technique, known as a water curtain, prevents smoke from spreading to nearby neighborhoods. The fourth rail car began ventilation around 10 am on Thursday.
Norfolk Southern said the car emitted steam as part of a safety mechanism to reduce accumulated pressure. Air quality measurements were taken in the area and returned to safe levels.
The Madison County Crisis Management Agency command post was also on site to assist. In addition, South 6th Avenue from National Highway 143 to National Highway 111 was closed as a precautionary measure.
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