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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 01:09 PM

GA Town of Bartow evacuated after derailment

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UPDATE | Cleanup expected to last several days after Bartow train derailment, chemical spill

By Staff | Posted: Sun 9:08 PM, Jan 06, 2019 | Updated: Mon 11:50 AM, Jan 07, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

9:15 a.m.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- News 12 is learning more about what happened in Bartow when a Norfolk Southern train derailed Sunday night.

Jefferson County EMA says there were no "physical" injuries from the derailment, but one firefighter and three officers are at the hospital being treated for respiratory issues caused by being around the chemicals.

Though evacuations have been lifted, the spill is not yet cleaned up. We're told a lot of the hydrogen peroxide has dissepated. The cleanup efforts will likely take days.

According to the EMA, the evacuation order was lifted because the threat of hydrogen peroxide is significantly less than chlorine, but they wanted to be careful.

38 rail cars derailed and 500 addresses in the area were evacuated.

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