Chemical leak on railcar threatens Metro East residents

WOOD RIVER, IL – Hundreds of residents on the eastern side of the Mississippi are under a shelter-in-place order today after multiple railcars leaked dangerous chemical vapors into the atmosphere, Fox 2 Now reports.

Authorities discovered yesterday afternoon that a stationary railcar had become overpresurized and had begun to leak sulfuric acid vapor into the air. By this morning, four railcars had apparently been affected.

Crews with the Norfolk Southern Railroad are dousing the affected cars with water to dissipated the dangerous vapor. They say that no liquids and solids have been released into the environment, and that the leaks have been brought under control.

A shelter-in-place order was issued to Wood River residents as a precaution, and remains in effect as of this posting.

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