Sodium Chloride spill in Maine shuts down Pan Am Railway for brief period

A Pan Am Railways car derailed near Smith Crossing, Maine, on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Around 20 gallons of sodium chloride leaked from the out-of-commission rail car, but no injuries were reported. While sodium chloride is an essential component in the human body, extreme exposure to such a chemical compound can have adverse affects.

The local fire department setup an isolation zone of 300 feet to prevent the chemical spill from spreading further into the environment and contaminating people in near by communities.

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