Firefighters Put Water on Debris After Freight Train Cars Derail in Philadelphia

Firefighters doused trash that caught fire as it spilled as a freight train derailed in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

No injuries were reported as the boxcar and three other cars went off the tracks near 32nd and W Thompson streets in the city's Brewerytown neighborhood around 7:30 a.m., the Philadelphia Fire Department and CSX said.

Firefighters could be seen dousing debris that tipped along a curve in the tracks. It was not a hazmat situation, the fire department said.

CSX later determined the steam seen coming from the spilled construction debris was not actually smoke from a fire.

The train with two locomotives and 99 cars carrying a "variety of freight, including construction materials, lubricating oil and construction debris" from Baltimore, Maryland to Selkirk, New York when the four cars went off the track, CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said.

No commuter trains use the tracks, SEPTA said.

CSX brought in contractors and additional personnel to work on a plan to re-rail to cars, clean the debris and repair any damage to the tracks, Doolittle said.

The exact cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

"CSX appreciates the quick assistance of the Philadelphia emergency services personnel in responding to this incident this morning," Doolittle said.

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