Train derailment in DC prompts hazmat response

Posted at 10:28 AM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 11:29:12-04

A train derailment and a potentially hazardous chemical leak are prompting concerns near Washington, D.C. 

The train went off the tracks around 7 a.m. local time, and officials say up to three of the derailed cars are leaking. Officials didn't immediately say what exactly is leaking from the trains or how dangerous it might be. 

WRC-TV, citing multiple sources, says one of the train cars is leaking a "lye-like" chemical, more commonly known as sodium hydroxide. The chemical can cause burns to skin. 

Twitter user @ChrisNellum said he saw the train derail and that officials wouldn't allow him or anyone else to leave his building. 

Nearby roads have been shut down and no injuries were reported. 

This video includes images from District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Twitter / @ChrisNellum