AVON — Six CSX train cars derailed Tuesday near the railyard in Avon, according to CSX and the Washington Township/Avon Fire Department.
Battalion Chief Jerry Bessler said firefighters were originally dispatched to the railyard for a train fire around noon. But when crews got on the scene, they saw a derailment and a small fire.
The fire was possibly caused by a rail heater that got knocked over during the derailment, Bessler said. A hazmat team was dispatched to the scene, but they were disregarded before they got on the scene.
Once firefighters determined there were no major leaks, since most of the derailed cars were empty, firefighters turned the scene back over to CSX, Bessler said.
In a statement, CSX said some lube oil and diesel fuel did leak, but there is no safety risk to the public and no impacts to waterways.
CSX contractors are at the site and working to recover the product, according to the statement.
CSX said the what caused the two locomotives to derail is still under investigation.
A public affairs officer for the National Transportation Safety Board said they didn't have any information on the incident yet. It's not clear if the NTSB is investigating the incident.
WRTV reached out to CSX by email for more information and is awaiting a response.
The Wayne Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Wayne Township Fire Department is assisting Avon Fire Department and CSX with a train derailment at 240 Production Drive in Avon. No injuries have been reported and there is no threat to the population. pic.twitter.com/xYk5y5CkEo— Wayne Township Fire Department (@Waynetwpfire) January 18, 2022
"CSX appreciates the swift response from the local fire department," the statement from CSX read.