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UPDATE: Train Derails In Bridgeville, Damages Assessment Ongoing

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. -- Crews begin to take out the propane tanker part of the train derailment in Bridgeville earlier today.

Officials say this is the first step in moving the rail car and its hazardous cargo from surrounding homes and businesses.  In addition, the inspection and air monitoring from the sight has reportedly shown no evidence of a leak so far.

Police say that the train derailment just south of Bridgeville has caused earlier precautionary evacuations and closed parts of Wesley Church Road, Wilson Farm Road and Railroad Ave.

Officials say that a propane tanker and 12 cars carrying gravel went off the tracks at approximately 9:39 a.m.

Police say that at this time there are no injuries or leakage reported from the tanker.  Police say there are 250 residents around the Wilson Farm Road area where the crash happened and all were notified of the derailment and are on stand-by in case they need to evacuate.  There are seven people who have reportedly evacuated the area at this time.

Officials say a preliminary cause could have been damaged tracks.    

A total of 53 cars were on the Norfolk Southern train and investigators are at the scene completing a full investigation.

"One tanker of propane was derailed. It has approximately 33,300 gallons on board and it is full," said Joe Hopple, Sussex County PIO. "At this time, there is no evidence of any leaks."

"I've been chief for two years and we have not hard an incident at this level," said Bridgeville Police Chief Robert Longo. "We went around earlier and notified some of the residents. Small town, word gets around."

Police say that the roads surrounding the accidents scene will be closed until tomorrow.  

Also officials are using the Delaware Emergency Notification System, or DENS, a reverse 911 system to call the nearly 250 residents should there need to be an expanded evacuation.

We will continue to update you with more details as information becomes available.

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