Train carrying ‘flammable’ material derails near Corpus Christi

UPDATE: 9:10 a.m., June 11: The Gregory Volunteer Fire Department discovered the train cars that derailed were carrying vinyl chloride, which is used to make PVC, according to a Facebook post. Union Pacific was also on-site to put cars back on track to move them to another location. Residents were also asked to evacuate the area, but have since been allowed to return to their homes. No injuries were reported during the derailment.

South Texas residents have been informed about a train passing through town that has gone off the tracks that was reportedly carrying flammable material. Corpus Christi-area law enforcement and emergency services are on the scene of the derailment. 

“Train derailment in Gregory. Four loaded tank cars have derailed underneath the Gregory overpass. Side roads are blocked off for caution. Material is flammable,” Rivera explained in the Facebook post. The post didn’t specify if anyone was hurt in the derailment.

The photos shown on Facebook show four train cars that are flipped on their sides and completely off the track just underneath the Gregory overpass.

Gregory is roughly 15 minutes away from Corpus Christi. The South Texas town has a population of 2,077, according to Data USA.

The Gregory Volunteer Fire Department shared a post on Facebook that advised drivers to find an alternate route away from the derailment as 202 W. Fourth Street will be closed temporarily.

MySA reached out to the Gregory Volunteer Fire Department, San Patricio County, and the Sheriff’s Office for more details on the derailment. MySA will update the story as it develops. 

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