Montgomery County

Oil Train Derailment Training Exercise Planned for Montgomery County

About 150 emergency responders and numerous fire trucks will take part in a large-scale emergency training exercise Saturday along the Schuylkill River in King of Prussia, Montgomery County officials said.

The training will take place at the Abrams rail yard and include smoke generated by a machine and firefighters spraying foam, all part of a simulated derailment of a train carrying Bakken crude oil.

Both the smoke and the foam will be non-toxic, county officials said in a release Tuesday. Boats operating on the Schuylkill River will also be part of the operation.

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The county said North Henderson Road at Beidler Road and Beidler Road at Abrams Road in Upper Merion will be closed during the exercise.

Officials said they hoped residents in the King of Prussia and Port Indian sections would not be alarmed by the commotion.

Preparations will begin at 7 a.m. with the exercise to start at 8 a.m. and go on until 12 p.m. The area be clear of the area by 1 p.m.

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