Train derails near Bladenboro, forces evacuations

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Submitted: Sat, 02/02/2013 - 11:07pm
Updated: Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:28pm

BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — Emergency crews received calls about a train derailment in Bladenboro around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Residents were worried.

“Basically I was on my way down to the supermarket and one of the firemen stopped me. He told me to go back to my house, that we were being evacuated,” said Bladenboro resident Rocky Edwards.

“I heard this loud boom,” said Dianne McDuffey. “I thought to myself that if it is the train, it must be carrying a mighty heavy load to bump that loud.”

About ten cars overturned in the derailment. One of the cars was carrying ammonia, a hazardous chemical.

“I was told it was a trainwreck,” said Edwards. “And that there were some chemicals, and the wind was blowing in our direction so we needed to get out.”

According to Capt. Rodney Hester, as a precaution, homes between Seaboard Street and Village Street were evacuated. Residents took shelter at Bladenboro Middle School while the Hazmat team investigated the train.

“We did not know for sure what chemicals we were going to be dealing with at that time,” said Hester. “So we did evacuate a couple hundred residents.”

Families were not allowed home until the team confirmed there was no leakage of harmful chemicals. Hester says it appears as if a trestle gave way under the moving train. The axels then separated from the cars…causing the derailment.

There were no leaks, and no one was injured.

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10 Comments on "Train derails near Bladenboro, forces evacuations"

Janel Mitchell
2015 years 8 months ago

I am one of the residents that was evacuated. I wanted to know how to get information on getting back into my home. When the officer asked me to leave, he had no idea how long we would be effected. I didn’t go to the Middle school because I have family in Lumberton. I’m new to the area so I was wondering if there was a town websight I could refer to for help. Any assistance on how to get information would be appreciated.

2015 years 8 months ago

Go to the Bladen County website, Under the emergency services tab you will see a link to register for Delta Alert. Delta Alert is a reverse 911 system that will relay information to involved resident’s in cases such as the train de-railment or anh incident that resident’s need to be informed on. This would have notified you of the evacuation and when it was safe to return home.

karen ruffin
2015 years 8 months ago

Hi, I too live in Bladenboro (but out of the city limitis)You can call the local sherif’s dept at 910-862-6960 for information You can also check for details as well. I just called the dept and was told that they are still NOT allowing traffic in or out of Bladenboro at this time. Hope this helps and glad you are safe.

Ashley Farmer
2015 years 8 months ago

WOuld just like to thank the train for doing this during my baby shower!!!! I was only about 100 yrds away!!!!

Guest 211
2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

Several years ago I was going out to dinner with my mother and her fiance’, but the inconsiderate bastard had a heart attack and died. We never did go to dinner.

Don’t you just hate it when reality refuses to recognize that it’s all about YOU?

I’ll pray for your child….

2015 years 8 months ago

Mean, Mean Train!

Just wait till that new baby poops or throws up all over your best outfit when you are heading out the door to go somewhere.

2015 years 8 months ago

Those pesky trains, always intentionally derailing just to ruin someone’s day. How inconsiderate.

Marcus Locklear
2015 years 8 months ago

The only thing your concerned about is how your baby shower was ruined. How about dropping down on your knees and praying to God for his mercy?? Some people. ….

Mad citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Way to go CSX, your cutting employees and adding more cars to the train is now putting lives at risk in our communities. Those chemicals that CSX is hauling into that paper mill are no joke. They are very dangerous. Can someone ask what happened to the track and is hauling 109 cars normal procedure? I think someone should be asking CSX some questions.