“Additional reports advised the train was on its side and two CSX employees were attempting to get out the locomotive.”
The train’s engineer and conductor were later taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the statement.
Crews found 38 rail cars derailed between Main Street NW and Rockbridge Road NW in Lilburn, Georgia, and several rail cars were engulfed in flames shortly after arrival, the statement said.
The fire subsided about two hours later “but still posed a threat to the surrounding area,” said Gwinnett Fire said.
“At approximately 5:30 a.m., crews operating on scene determined the fire and hazmat to be under control with good air quality readings in the area. At that time, the evacuation order was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes,” said the statement.
The cause of the derailment has not been determined at this time.