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Windham Ethanol Train Derailment, Windham, Conn.

Emergency response at Windham Ethanol Train Derailment, Windham, Conn.

A portion of a cargo train carrying ethanol/benzene mixture derailed at 3:00 a.m. in Windham, Conn., in a heavily wooded area about 100 yards east of the Shetucket River and 100 yards to the west of a privately owned sand and gravel pit. The closest private residence was about 200 yards west. The train was en route to Providence, R.I. There were 82 cars on the train, including 80 tanker cars with ethanol and benzene. There was no ethanol/benzene released as a result of the derailment. Among those at the site in addition to EPA and DEP were local fire departments, the Conn. State Police, the Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. and contractors hired to clean up and transfer ethanol/benzene product from the derailed tanks to highway tankers, and to repair the train tracks.

Location: Windham, Conn.
Start date: 03/11/2010
End date: 03/13/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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