Train Derails in Midland County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Officials remain on the scene after a train derailment in Midland County.

Just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, five train cars were derailed off the tracks crossing West County Road 127.

Three of the cars were carrying methanol, one car was carrying ethylene glycol and other car contained xylene.

According to Wikipedia, methanol is a volatile, colorless, flammable liquid with a distinctive odor very similar to drinking alcohol.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, the trains were being picked up at Nexeo Solutions to be transported to the main railroad line.

There is no immediate threat of an evacuation and the cars are not leaking any materials. However, businesses between FM 1788 and Coors Road remain on alert. This does include the NewsWest 9 Studios.

Officials plan to empty the derailed cars over a 24 hour period. It will take six hours to drain each car.

Once the cars are emptied, officials will bring in boom equipment to help lift the cars back on the tracks.

HAZMAT as well as numerous other officials are on the scene as well as officials from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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