“multiple CSX trains derailed & leaking hazmat, isolating area; RI Ave Metro & RI Ave closed. AVOID area”

by Prince Of Petworth May 1, 2016 at 7:31 am 14 Comments

photo by dcfireems

From CSX:

“UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that 14 railcars derailed at 9th & RI Ave NE in Washington, DC. No evacuations or injuries have been reported.”

DC Fire and EMS reports:

“CSX train derailment NE, DC – Hazmat situation – Rhode Island Ave shutdown in area – AVOID area”

From DC Fire Fighters L36 (@IAFF36) just after 7am:

“Update – Rhode Island Ave NE – multiple CSX trains derailed & leaking hazmat, isolating area; RI Ave Metro & RI Ave closed #DCFD”

photo by dcfireems

From MPD:

“Good morning. Due to a crx train derailment in northeast dc

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic is restricted from 4th St to Brentwood Rd along Rhode Island Ave. Ne

We are asking that those that live in area remain in your homes as the fire department does their assessment

Metro service at Rhode Island Ave metro is not available”

photo by dcfireems

AlertDC tweeted:

“MPD reports street closures on Rhode Island Ave NE from 5th to 10th st NE due to Police activity. Please avoid area.”

“DDOT reports street closures have extended from 4th to 12th St Rhode Island NE. Please continue to avoid area.”

WMATA reports:

“Red Line: Service suspended btwn NoMa & Brookland due to non-Metro-related fire dept activity near Rhode Island Ave. Use Green Line as alt.”

via google maps

  • Marty

    Guess I’m not driving through to Home Depot this morning.

    Also wonder what will happen to the church services – the parking is usually crazy on Sunday mornings in that area.

  • Ms. D

    I live nearby and latest word is there is no need to shelter in place or evacuate, but RIA and a few other nearby roads are closed, along with the Metro station.
    Also, my gas is off as far away as 12th. So much for brunch (neither here nor at a nearby restaurant!), but it certainly could be worse

    • Finitor

      Will no one think about the brunch?!?

      • Ms. D

        In fairness, I was hungry and my stove is gas, so it was either microwave eggs or find something cold to eat. I assumed that if my gas was out, so was the nearby restaurants’, so really that meant “no hot, decent food.” I went the latter route of eating a (cold, technically) PB sandwich because microwaved eggs are the literal worst.
        Fortunately my gas was back on shortly and I was able to do my usual Sunday cooking. It’s also good to hear that no one was hurt and there aren’t any apparent environmental impacts from the crash. Like I said, it could have been worse, but being tired and hungry makes most people a little grumpy. Happy?

  • ClevelandDave

    Holy shit. Hope those tanks aren’t full of nasty stuff any everyone is ok.

  • AnonV2

    Does anybody know if the RI Ave shopping center (the Forman Mills one) is accessible today? I know the Met Branch is still closed down, but no information seems to be available on what else near the tracks is still off limits.

    • Evan Lehmann

      Yes, the shopping center is open. Police and tape are blocking access to the Met Branch trail, but the parking lot is open.

    • cakelyn

      The pedestrian bridge was also still closed an hour ago when I was there.


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